Whitesburg KY

Massey costs Alpha — again

A Southwest Virginia jury has awarded $5 million to a defunct coal company and its owner in their longrunning legal battle with Massey Energy over a coal supply contract.

A Buchanan County jury awarded $4 million in damages to Harman Mining and two related companies. The jury also awarded $1 million to the companies’ owner, Hugh Caperton, for personal financial damages, media outlets reported.

The jury issued its verdict May 23 following a fiveweek trial in Grundy.

Caperton had claimed his companies were financially damaged when Massey slashed the amount of coal it had agreed to buy from the companies. Harman

Mining ceased operations in 1998.

Alpha Natural Resources bought Massey in 2011 and assumed many of Massey’s liabilities, including the Caperton lawsuit.

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