Massey Settlement Heads Off Trial In Water Pollution Suit

Law360, New York (June 12, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT) -- Alpha Natural Resources Inc. has settled a consolidated suit brought by hundreds of West Virginia residents who say they were injured when pollution by the company's predecessor Massey Energy Co. contaminated drinking water, heading off the trial that was set to start Tuesday.

State Judge William Thompson has stayed the proceedings to finalize the language of the confidential settlement agreement, according to Alpha.

The suit seemed destined for trial when talks broke down in May. Two days of mediation had failed to resolve any of the...
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