Patriot Coal Creditors May Take Part In Labor Hearing

Law360, New York (April 8, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT) -- A Missouri bankruptcy judge agreed Friday to allow creditors, like U.S. Bank NA, that aren't directly affected by whether Patriot Coal Corp. modifies its obligations to a miner's union to have a say during an upcoming hearing over labor issues in the company's bankruptcy case.

The hearing, which is scheduled to begin April 29, will address concessions the company is asking of its union workforce, specifically the United Mine Workers of America. Patriot claims it needs to slash $150 million in annual benefits and other labor...
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