Coal company Alpha Natural Resources has reached settlements with all the families of the miners killed in the worst U.S. mining disaster in four decades. The company settled a total of 20 wrongful death cases. The settlements must be approved by a West Virginia court before payments are made.
Twenty-nine miners died in the April 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. The mine’s then-owner, Massey Energy, settled with ten families soon after. Alpha Natural Resources, which acquired Massey last year, settled with the remaining 19 families and also one of the survivors. In December, Alpha agreed to pay $1.5 million to each of the families of the 29 men killed as part of a $209 million settlement of civil and criminal charges stemming from the accident.
Source: Insurance Journal
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