February 26, 2018 Read More →

Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit by Coal CEO

The Hill:

A West Virginia judge dismissed a coal mogul’s defamation lawsuit this week against cable television host John Oliver and HBO.

In a decision dated Wednesday, West Virginia Judge Jeffrey Cramer accepted HBO’s argument that Bob Murray, CEO of coal mining giant Murray Energy Corp., failed to show that Oliver had defamed him according to the law.

Oliver dedicated an extended segment in June to criticizing the coal industry, with a focus on Murray, including his frequent criticisms of former President Obama’s “evil agenda,” his lawsuits challenging regulations and his closeness with President Trump.

“If you even appear to be on the same side as black lung, you’re on the wrong f—ing side,” Oliver said about one of Murray’s lawsuits, filed against a federal rule meant to reduce black lung disease among coal miners.

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