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Massey Unit Plea Deal Over Fire OK'd Amid Protests

Law360 (April 15, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has approved a Massey Energy unit's plea deal and accompanying $2.5 million fine related to a January 2006 fire that left two miners dead, ignoring protests by the victims’ widows that the move unfairly shields Massey executives from further prosecution.

Judge John Copenhaver of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia signed off on the bargain Wednesday, ruling that Aracoma Coal Co. should cough up millions and serve three years probation for its role in the fatal incident at...
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