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BREACH OF CONTRACT Firm told to pay $219M for failing to deliver coal CHARLESTON, W.VA. (AP) � A West Virginia state jury has ordered Massey Energy Co. and a subsidiary to pay more than $219 million in damages to Wheeling-Pittsburgh Corp. in a contract dispute. Wheeling-Pittsburgh sued Massey subsidiary Central West Virginia Energy Co. in April 2005, claiming it had failed to deliver 104,000 tons of metallurgical grade coal per month to the steel maker as required under a contract that extended to 2010. The suit said Central West Virginia Energy blamed production problems for the shortfalls. Instead, Wheeling-Pitt said, Central West Virginia Energy started diverting coal from its contract to the spot market to take advantage of higher prices. County settles inmate beating death suit BILOXI, MISS. (AP) � Harrison County, Miss., supervisors have announced that the county has reached a $3.5 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by the family of Jessie Lee Williams Jr., an inmate beaten to death at the jail nearly 17 months ago. Williams, 40, was beaten after being booked on misdemeanor charges on Feb. 4, 2006. He died two days later. Two ex-jailers have admitted their roles in the assault in a related criminal case that remains under investigation by state and federal agents. Four former Harrison County jail employees are scheduled to go on trial on Aug. 6 on federal criminal charges of conspiring to deprive the civil rights of inmates. $6.2M for L.A. firefighter who claimed harassment LOS ANGELES (AP) � A California state jury has awarded $6.2 million to a firefighter who said she was harassed by colleagues because she is black and a lesbian, harassment that included someone mixing urine with her mouthwash. Brenda Lee’s lawsuit against the Los Angeles Fire Department also claimed her superiors made derogatory comments about her and forced her to perform strenuous exercises without proper safety precautions because of her race and sexual orientation. Legionnaires’ disease yields $15.2M award NEW YORK (AP) � A New York federal jury has ordered Essef Corp., a subsidiary of sump pumps and pool equipment maker Pentair Inc., to pay Celebrity Cruise Lines Inc. $15.2 million as part of a case involving an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease on a cruise ship in 1994. Essef was sued by Celebrity Cruise Lines, a unit of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which claimed several passengers on the Horizon cruise ship got the disease because of a defective water filter in a whirlpool spa that failed to stop the spread of bacteria. Power company to spend $650M to cut pollutants FRANKFORT, KY. (AP) � East Kentucky Power Cooperative has agreed to spend $650 million on equipment to reduce emissions and pay a $750,000 fine to settle a lawsuit over pollution, federal officials announced. The company will install high-tech anti-pollution equipment at three plants in eastern Kentucky under the proposed agreement, according to a joint statement from the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency. The company would pay the fine to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act at the plants, the statement said. The federal government filed a lawsuit against East Kentucky Power in 2004, alleging the company made illegal modifications that led to increased pollution at its coal-fired power plants. The company allegedly did not have the proper permits for making the changes and did not install proper pollution-control equipment. $54M award for family over nursing home death ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) � A New Mexico state jury has awarded $54 million to the family of a woman who died in the care of an Albuquerque nursing home. The verdict includes $4 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages against ManorCare Camino Vista for the 2004 death of Barbara Barber, 78. The doctor who did the autopsy said Barber died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. The family produced evidence that the internal bleeding had been going on for several days without response, and said medical charting was so inadequate it showed Barber received an insulin injection 2 1/2 hours after she died. The state Adult Protective Services agency cited ManorCare for neglect. $7M award over carbon monoxide poisoning MOBILE, ALA. (AP) � An Alabama state jury has awarded more than $7 million in a lawsuit stemming from carbon monoxide poisoning that sickened a Mobile woman and her three children and led to the death of her mother. Rosa Robinson filed a wrongful death suit against Mobile Gas Service Corp. and other defendants following the problems from a faulty furnace in 2004.

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