Bankrupt Patriot Coal (PCXCQ.OB) and its creditors are looking at whether the firm's spinoff...

|About: Patriot Coal Corp. (PCXCQ)|By:, SA News Editor

Bankrupt Patriot Coal (PCXCQ.OB) and its creditors are looking at whether the firm's spinoff from Peabody Energy (BTU) in 2007 was a "fraudulent transfer" aimed at relieving the latter of retiree health and pension benefits, problematic mines and other liabilities. Patriot and the creditors could gain "a sizable recovery" if evidence of fraud is found. Peabody naturally denies that anything was amiss.