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Appalachian coal magnate Bob Murray on Friday won a pair of legal victories in lawsuits against HBO comedian John Oliver and the New York Times over their portrayal of his coal business.
A federal district court judge in West Virginia denied the newspaper's request to throw out Murray's defamation lawsuit against it. The judge also agreed with Murray that the HBO case be sent to a lower state court for review after HBO successfully motioned that the litigation be heard in federal court.
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In both of Murray's cases, he says the newspaper and the comedy news program "Last Week Tonight" wrongly portrayed coal company Murray Energy's record on coal mine safety. Friday's decisions were not on the merits of either case, but were more procedural in nature. Nevertheless, they demonstrate that the legal arguments that Murray is making aren't going away...
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