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APNewsbreak: Kin Of W.Va. Miner Sues Massey Execs

VICKI SMITH

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) â¿¿ The family of one of the 29 men killed in the explosion of the Upper Big Branch mine two years ago Thursday is suing former Massey Energy chief Don Blankenship and eight other individuals they hold responsible.

Blankenship has since retired and vanished from public view.

Pittsburgh attorney Bruce Stanley filed the complaint for the family of fallen miner Dean Jones on Wednesday in Raleigh County Circuit Court just before the two-year statute of limitations expired. It alleges deliberate infliction of emotional distress and demands punitive and compensatory damages.

The case does not target the company or its new owner, Alpha Natural Resources. It goes after individuals, including former chief operating officer Chris Adkins and former vice president for safety Elizabeth Chamberlin, among others.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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