Case Reversed By Us Justices Back At WVa Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- For the third time in nearly two years, West Virginia's top court is hearing a coal contract dispute involving Massey Energy Co.

But because of that passage of time, the State Supreme Court will be looking at the case with a nearly entire new set of eyes.

Tuesday's scheduled arguments follow June's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the state justices' last decision in the dispute.

Massey is appealing a $50 million verdict won by Harman Mining and its president.

Harman and Hugh Caperton allege the Richmond, Va.-based Massey hijacked a supply contract, bankrupting them.

Appearance of bias allegations have preceded each rehearing of the case.

Only justice Robin Davis has heard the case previously of the five fielding Tuesday's arguments.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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