US Ruled Not Liable For W.Va. Mine Fire Deaths

Law360, New York (February 8, 2011, 6:29 PM EST) -- A federal judge has thrown out a negligence and wrongful death suit brought against the U.S. government by two women whose husbands died in a January 2006 fire at a mine run by a Massey Energy Co. subsidiary.

The "undeniably tragic" circumstances of the case notwithstanding, Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia ruled Monday that the law does not allow for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration to be held liable despite the agency's...
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