Appeals Court Hears Ala Case of Colombian Slayings

Aug 22, 2013

A federal appeals court in Montgomery is considering a case involving the Birmingham-based Drummond Coal and three killings that happened in South America more than a decade ago.

   A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday that could revive a federal lawsuit over the slayings.

   Children of slain three coal miners filed suit in 2009 claiming Drummond hired paramilitary gunmen to kill their fathers near its Colombian coal mine in 2001. The men were union leaders.

   The company denies any involvement in the slayings, and a federal jury in Birmingham sided with the company in 2007 in a lawsuit filed by the men's widows.

   Labor attorneys want the appeals court to reinstate the children's case after a judge threw it out.