Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Court Dismisses Consol Appeal in Retiree Case

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Court Dismisses Consol Appeal in Retiree Case

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United Mine Workers of America is claiming a small win after a West Virginia judge dismissed Consol Energy's appeal in a retiree health benefit case.

The ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals leaves in place a temporary injunction requiring the energy company to keep providing benefits while a broader case is under appeal. That means some 3,400 retired miners, widows and dependents will continue to receive benefits for the time being.

Consol had sought to fund health savings accounts for five years rather than pay contractually negotiated lifetime benefits. Judge David A. Faber of the Federal Court for Southern West Virginia rejected that plan in March. Consol filed an appeal, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed on Tuesday. …

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