Insurance Journal » Massey Energy http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:27:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Judge Delays Ex-Massey CEO’s Trial, Keeps Case in West Virginia http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/15/371714.htm Mon, 15 Jun 2015 04:56:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371714 A federal judge has agreed to delay the criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger on Friday delayed the trial from July 13 to Oct. 1, The Charleston Gazette reports. Berger also ordered …

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Lawyers on Both Sides of Blankenship Criminal Case Request Trial Delay http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/08/370758.htm Mon, 08 Jun 2015 04:20:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370758 Prosecutors and defense attorneys are asking for an October trial in the criminal case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia where …

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Ex-Massey Mine CEO: ‘I Don’t Want to Go to 100 Funerals’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/04/09/363778.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:16:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363778 Former Massey Energy Co. Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship, facing criminal trial over an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, said the year before that he feared a disaster with 100 deaths. “I don’t want to go to 100 …

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Former Massey CEO Pleads Not Guilty to New Indictment in Mine Blast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/03/25/362005.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:15:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362005 The former chief executive of Massey Energy Co. pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a revised federal indictment arising from a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners. The former chief executive, Donald Blankenship, entered his plea …

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Former Massey CEO Requests Dismissal of Charges from West Virginia Mine Explosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/02/10/357002.htm Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:00:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357002 A former coal company executive is seeking the dismissal of charges stemming from a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 workers in West Virginia. Don Blankenship, former chief executive officer of Massey Energy, also has asked the court to disqualify …

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Virginia Judge Orders New Trial on Damages in Coal Contract Dispute http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2015/01/14/354028.htm Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:00:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354028 A Virginia judge has ordered a new trial on damages in a coal contract dispute between Massey Energy and the owner of three defunct coal companies. In May 2014, a jury in Buchanan County, Virginia, awarded $4 million to Hugh …

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Massey CEO Wins Delay of Criminal Trial Until April http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/06/351736.htm Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:00:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351736 Ex-Massey Energy chief Donald Blankenship won an almost three-month delay of his trial, scheduled to begin later this month, on federal charges tied to a fatal 2010 mine explosion that was the worst U.S. coal industry disaster in 40 years. …

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Massey Ex-CEO Blankenship Faces Criminal Charges Over 2010 Mine Explosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/18/347216.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:30:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347216 The former Massey Energy chief, scorned by regulators and a U.S. senator, may face three decades in prison if convicted of charges stemming from a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers, the worst U.S. coal industry accident in …

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Investors Ask West Virginia Supreme Court to Reopen Case Against Massey http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/09/04/303679.htm Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:00:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=303679 Institutional shareholders in the former Massey Energy Co. want the state Supreme Court to revive a lawsuit they filed two weeks after the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Lawyers for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, Amalgamated Bank and Manville …

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West Virginia Court Rules Negligent Mine Inspectors Can Be Sued http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/02/07/280438.htm Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:51:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=280438 Private and federal mine safety inspectors can be held liable and sued when a negligent inspection results in the wrongful death of a coal miner, the state Supreme Court ruled in handing a victory to the widows of two men …

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Former Massey Mine Executive to Enter Plea Next Month http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/12/14/274060.htm Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:20:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274060 A former president of Massey Energy’s White Buck Coal Co. will enter a plea on federal conspiracy charges in January as prosecutors continue to investigate the 2010 explosion at another Massey operation that killed 29 men. David C. Hughart is …

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West Virginia Mine Blast Probe Widens, Top Executives Could Be Next http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/11/30/272302.htm Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:33:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=272302 Federal prosecutors investigating the West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 men have widened their net, filing criminal charges against a longtime Massey Energy executive who worked closely with former CEO Don Blankenship — a move signaling where their sights …

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Supreme Court Hears West Virginia Mine Widows’ Plea http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/10/19/267145.htm Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:00:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=267145 Federal inspectors must share the blame — and therefore face a lawsuit — for a 2006 West Virginia coal mine fire that killed two miners, a lawyer for their widows argued at the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. Lawyer Bruce …

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Ex-Mine Chief Pleads Guilty in West Virginia Blast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/03/30/241495.htm Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:55:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=241495 The former superintendent of the West Virginia mine where 29 workers died in a 2010 explosion pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal conspiracy charge that he tipped off employees to safety inspections. Gary May, 43, is the most senior …

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Judge Won’t Dismiss Massey Shareholder Suit Over Safety http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2012/03/30/241484.htm Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=241484 A federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit by former Massey Energy shareholders who say they were deliberately misled about the company’s safety record before the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia killed 29 men in 2010. …

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Judge Combines West Virginia Slurry Pollution Cases http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/03/12/238871.htm Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:00:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=238871 The claims of hundreds of Boone County residents who blame coal companies for contaminating their water supplies will be heard in a single trial, a judge ruled last week. Circuit Judge William Thompson issued an order consolidating 155 individual medical …

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Massey Mine Superintendent Charged with Conspiracy in West Virginia Blast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/02/23/236865.htm Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:46:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=236865 The former superintendent of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 workers died in a 2010 explosion was charged on Wednesday with felony conspiracy by tipping off mine operators to safety inspections, allowing them to conceal dangerous violations, authorities said. …

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Settlements Reported in West Virginia Mine Blast That Killed 29 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/01/11/230727.htm Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:02:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=230727 Coal company Alpha Natural Resources has reached settlements with all the families of the miners killed in the worst U.S. mining disaster in four decades, a lawyer for two of the families said on Wednesday. Mark Moreland told Reuters the …

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Questions Raised About Federal Probe of West Virginia Mine Blast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/12/13/227067.htm Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:26:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=227067 Newly disclosed records show U.S. Labor Department officials stopped independent investigators from questioning how federal regulators handled methane leaks from the floor of the Upper Big Branch mine several times before last year’s disaster. In April 2010, 29 men died …

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Firm to Pay $209M Over West Virginia Blast That Killed 29 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/12/07/226449.htm Wed, 07 Dec 2011 07:41:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=226449 Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources has agreed to pay $1.5 million to each of the families of 29 miners killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia last year. The payments – part of a …

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Alpha Says Safety Improving at Massey Mines http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/11/04/222827.htm Fri, 04 Nov 2011 13:45:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=222827 The number of mine injuries has been cut in the five months since Alpha Natural Resources bought Massey Energy, which had owned the coal mine where 29 men died in a blast last year, Alpha’s CEO said Thursday. “The year-to-date …

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Ex-Mine Official Convicted in Deadly West Virginia Disaster http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/10/26/221800.htm Thu, 27 Oct 2011 01:53:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=221800 The former security chief at a West Virginia coal mine where 29 miners died last year was convicted of two felonies Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, was convicted by a federal jury of making false …

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Parties Mum on $35M West Virginia Coal Slurry Settlement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/10/03/218396.htm Mon, 03 Oct 2011 13:17:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=218396 Lawyers, plaintiffs and others are remaining quiet about a $35 million settlement with hundreds of people who say a Massey Energy subsidiary poisoned their wells with coal slurry. More than 300 people gathered at the Kanawha County Courthouse last week …

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Massey Wants to Know How $35M West Virginia Settlement Became Public http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/08/17/211313.htm Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=211313 Lawyers for Massey Energy Co. want to know who violated the confidentiality of a $35 million settlement agreement reached with hundreds of West Virginia residents who say the mining company poisoned their wells with coal slurry. In a motion filed …

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Mining Rule on Coal Dust Becomes Permanent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2011/06/22/203578.htm Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:04:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=203578 Federal regulators are making permanent an emergency rule implemented last year requiring underground mines to do more to control explosive coal dust. The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced the final rule this past Monday. The rule was issued last …

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