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Duke Energy Sues Massey For $18M Over Coal Contract

Law360 (February 11, 2011, 5:59 PM EST) -- A group of Duke Energy Corp. subsidiaries has hit Massey Energy Co.'s coal sales unit with a suit alleging that Massey cost Duke $18 million when it backed out of a coal supplying contract.

The Duke units filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Wednesday over Massey allegedly refusing to supply coal to a chemical facility in Narrows, Va., at $54 a ton.

The chemical facility owner, Celanese Acetate LLC, had a deal with a Duke subsidiary —...
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