Judge, Massey CEO Accused Of Hiding Friendship

Law360, New York (January 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The owner of three mining companies has alleged that the West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals chief justice was biased in overturning a $50 million verdict against Massey Energy Co. in a fraud and tortious interference dispute.

Hugh Caperton, owner of Harman Development Corp., Harman Mining Corp. and Sovereign Coal Sales Inc., demanded on Monday that Chief Justice Elliott Maynard disqualify himself from the ongoing fraud and tortious interference dispute between his company and a number of Massey subsidiaries.

“If Chief Justice Maynard fails or...
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