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New trial sought on damages in suit against Massey

Jun. 15, 2014 @ 01:24 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The owner of three defunct coal companies is seeking a new trial in his long-running legal battle with Massey Energy.

A jury in Buchanan County, Virginia, awarded $1 million in damages to Hugh Caperton in May. The jury also awarded $4 million in damages to Caperton’s companies, Harman Mining, Harman Development and Sovereign Coal Sales.

The verdict came in a lawsuit that alleged Caperton’s companies were financially damaged when Massey slashed the amount of coal it had agreed to buy from them.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1pxWmvN) reports that Caperton and Harman Mining filed motions for a new trial on the damages on Friday in Buchanan County Circuit Court.

Alpha Natural Resources bought Massey in 2011. Alpha filed a motion Friday asking the court to set aside the $5 million verdict.