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Trial to Resume in Bluestone Energy & Southern Coal Companies

Coal News - Published on Tue, 15 Sep 2020

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AP reported that a virtual trial pitting billionaire coal magnate and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and two of his family owned coal companies against a Pennsylvania coal exporter is set to resume in Delaware after being interrupted by an anonymous letter containing purported whistleblower allegations against the Pennsylvania company. A federal judge has ordered the bench trial to resume September 15 and denied a request by attorneys for Gov. Justice to reopen information gathering in the case so attorneys could investigate allegations contained in the letter. The judge ordered attorneys to file short written submissions by Thursday on the admissibility of the letter if it is offered into evidence, and on any other use of the letter he should permit.

The lawsuit was filed in 2018 by Latrobe Pennsylvania-based Xcoal Energy & Resources. The company claimed Justice and two of his companies, Roanoke, Virginia-based Bluestone Energy Sales Corp and Southern Coal Corp, failed to meet their obligations under a 2017 agreement to deliver hundreds of thousands of tons of coal for shipment overseas.

The defendants contend Xcoal breached the agreement in several ways, including unreasonably rejecting shipments of coal and making unreasonable shipment demands that exceeded Bluestone’s capabilities. The Justice companies also argue that Xcoal has a history of being sued by other companies in the coal industry for failing to pay for or deliver shipments, then trying to blame the other party.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 15 Sep 2020
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