Judgment Against Justice Coal Companies For Mass Termination Violation Climbs Past 1.9m

The judge’s approval in a Sunday court filing denied the Justice coal companies’ request for a new trial, finding in part they were trying to relitigate whether employees were terminated or just had their hours reduced and dismissing their assertion they were precluded from objecting to jury instructions. Following an August 2022 jury trial finding […]

Cabell Huntington Hospital agrees to nearly $5.7 million lawsuit settlement with some retirees

HUNTINGTON — A federal judge in Huntington granted preliminary approval of a nearly $5.7 millionclass action lawsuit settlement between Cabell Huntington Hospital and some of its retirees whoaccused the provider of reneging on health care benefit promises.If the settlement is approved, it would provide payments of more than $18,860 to each of 211 nonunion retirees […]

Wyoming County jury finds for surface coal miner

By Mary Catherine Brooks THE WYOMING COUNTY REPORT A Wyoming County Circuit Court jury awarded a surface coal miner $160,000 in damages after jurors determined he was wrongfully discharged from his job as a welder at a Coal Mountain mine. Rick M. Varney, a resident of Mercer County, was awarded $148,140 in compensatory damages and $11,860 in […]

Laws in place to support miners

Miners can avoid the epidemic of severe black lung by acting together to refuse working in illegal or highly-dusty conditions. We have young miners waiting on lung transplants, which should not happen in the 21st Century. But our laws provide much stronger protections than people commonly think for miners who refuse unsafe or unhealthful conditions. […]