Murray Energy Lodges Defamation Suit Over NY Times Op-Ed

By Keith Goldberg (May 8, 2017, 2:16 PM EDT) -- Murray Energy Corp. has lodged a defamation suit against The New York Times in West Virginia state court over an op-ed piece that the coal giant claims falsely states that CEO Bob Murray lied about the cause of a fatal collapse at one of the company's mines.

Murray Energy and several of its affiliates announced the defamation suit Friday over an April op-ed piece by the Times' editorial board on President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony and its corporate backers, in which the newspaper said Bob Murray — a major Trump supporter — "earned infamy when he falsely insisted that the 2007...

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