Judge Keeps Ritter's $380M Polluted Mines Suit Intact

Law360, New York (October 20, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday preserved most claims in C.L. Ritter Lumber Co. Inc.'s $380 million breach of contract suit against Consolidation Coal Co. and others over billions of gallons of polluted water allegedly dumped into two coal mines.

According to the suit, Consolidation Coal secretly flooded Ritter's Beatrice and VP1 mines in Buchanan County, Va., with untreated water produced at nearby mines. Ritter claimed the contaminated water had extremely high levels of total suspended solids, total dissolved solids, chlorides, sodium and other contaminants....
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