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.