Plaintiffs In Massey Slurry Suit Want Judge Tossed

Law360, New York (July 20, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT) -- West Virginians alleging that a Massey Energy Co. unit destroyed their groundwater supply with more than 1 billion gallons of coal slurry are reportedly demanding that a state judge recuse himself from the case due to his friendship with Massey's CEO and his appointment of another friend to oversee a monitoring fund.

The recusal motion, filed Friday in Mingo County, W.Va., Circuit Court, alleges that Judge Michael Thornsbury engaged in “cronyism at its worst” and created “an atmosphere with bias” through his personal and financial conflicts...
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