Ooten v. Massey Coal Groundwater Damage-Coal-Mining Mass Action Verdict

Our lawyers were co-lead counsel in a two-phase, six-week jury trial mass action alleging a Massey Coal subsidiary damaged the groundwater supplies of coalfield residents; after a successful verdict, the total cash recovery was $3.2 million, plus injunctive relief. This mass action case was virtually unprecedented in West Virginia and nationally, both in the sheer numbers of plaintiffs involved and the claims alleged. The case was prosecuted under West Virginia coal-mining statutes.