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Settlement Reached in Coal Slurry Lawsuit

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The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register has reported that a Massey Energy subsidiary, Rawl Sales and Processing, has reached a settlement regarding the personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit brought by more than 500 Mingo County, WV., residents.

The lawsuit alleged that from 1978 to 1987, the Massey subsidiary injected 1.4 billion gallons of coal slurry into abandoned underground mines, which then seeped through cracks in the earth and poisoned residential drinking wells.

Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone was to preside over the trial which was set to begin next week. Judge Mazzone told the Intelligencer, “This trial would have been to determine liability and whether or not punitive damages were in order,” Mazzone said. “Had that been the case, the same jury then would have decided dollar amounts to be paid.”

An attorney for Massey Energy said that when the case originated in 2004, it had five claimants, but that “It has since grown to more than 500,” he said. “Some of the claims have changed from personal injury to wrongful death because some have since died.”

Details of the settlement, including the dollar amounts, are not being released. disclaimer: This article: Settlement Reached in Coal Slurry Lawsuit was posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 7:48 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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