Kin of W.Va. Miner Sues Massey Execs On Anniversary Of Disaster

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The family of one of the 29 men killed
in the explosion of the Upper Big Branch mine two years ago Thursday is suing former Massey Energy chief Don Blankenship and
eight other individuals they hold responsible.

Blankenship has since retired and vanished from public view.

Pittsburgh attorney Bruce Stanley filed the complaint for the
family of fallen miner Dean Jones on Wednesday in Raleigh County
Circuit Court just before the two-year statute of limitations

It alleges deliberate infliction of emotional distress and
demands punitive and compensatory damages.

The case does not target the company or its new owner, Alpha
Natural Resources.

It goes after individuals, including former chief operating officer Chris Adkins and former vice president for safety Elizabeth Chamberlin, among others.

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