Alpha Natural must pay ex-Massey CEO's legal fees

|About: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (ANRZQ)|By:, SA News Editor

A federal judge orders Alpha Natural Resources (ANR -0.3%) to pay the legal fees of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship stemming from a criminal investigation and upcoming trial.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, where an explosion killed 29 men in April 2010; ANR bought Massey for $7.1B in 2011.

In February, Massey refused to continue paying Blankenship's defense costs, arguing he was no longer entitled to the benefit after he was indicted.

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