Massey Hit With $219 Million Verdict

By: Associated Press and WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Associated Press and WSAZ News Staff Email

A circuit court jury ordered Massey Energy and a subsidiary to pay a total of 219 million dollars in damages to Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation in a contract dispute.

The verdict came around 9:30 Monday night following a month-long trial in Brooke County Circuit Court.

Wheeling-Pitt sued Massey subsidiary Central West Virginia Energy Company in April 2005. The lawsuit claimed the company failed to deliver 104-thousand tons of metallurgical grade coal per month as required under a contract that extended to 2010.

Wheeling-Pitt attorney Dave Fawcett says jurors ordered Massey and Central West Virginia Energy to pay Wheeling-Pitt 119 million in compensatory damages. Massey and Central West Virginia Energy also must each pay 50 million dollars in punitive damages.

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