A federal judge dropped a lawsuit filed by Massey Energy against a court reporter.
The company claims Jennifer Meadows, who was the court reporter during a 2002 trial in Boone County, gave them a transcript that was unintelligible and missing a quarter of the trial.
Massey said this prevented them from appealing a $50-million judgment in a coal contract dispute.
The jury in the 2002 case ordered Massey to pay Harman Mining for illegally taking away a coal contract.
U-S Chief District Judge David A. Faber rejected that claim saying Meadows submitted a revised transcript to the circuit court about a month after the company sued her.
Faber also rejected the company's claim that the delay violated
its right to due process.