A federal judge is siding with Peabody and its spinoff company Patriot Coal in a benefits dispute, but the battle still isn't over.  United Mine Workers had filed a suit, claiming Peabody purposely created spinoff companies so it would not have to continue paying benefits to retirees.  Patriot Coal is now bankrupt.  

A judge today ruled in favor of Peabody, saying the law does not protect the stability of pension funds.  UMW officials say they will appeal the judge's decision.

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