Coal Export Fee Suit Against DOI Time-Barred, Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (March 20, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday tossed Coal River Energy LLC's challenge to the U.S. Department of the Interior's imposition of a fee on coal exports, which it uses to fund reclamation efforts for abandoned mines, saying it lacked jurisdiction because Coal River brought its claims too late.

U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein granted the Department of the Interior’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that Coal River's failure to file suit within 60 days from the time it paid its first coal tax precluded...
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