Former Baron Blankenship Sues Media, Defamation Claims

The former coal baron Don Blankenship has been inviting some news outlets and media personalities, claiming that he was suffering during a failed se.S. seat.

Thursday's Blankenship suit was filed in Mingo County, West Virginia. He names The Associated Press among other major media companies.

Blankenship says that news organizations made a concerted plot to destroy it by labeling it as a convicted trader or saying that he was imprisoned for manslaughter.

Blankenship is former Chief Executive of Massey Energy, who owns a mine in which the explosion of 2010 killed 29 workers. He spent a year in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to break mine safety laws, misconduct.

Blankenship is seeking damages $ 12 billion.


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