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Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., Inc.
Citation:556 U.S. 868 (2009)
A.T. Massey Coal Co. (Respondent) was found liable for tortious interference and fraudulent misrepresentation by a jury in West Virginia state court. The jury awarded Caperton (Petitioner) $50 million in damages. The state trial court denied its post-trial motions. The state appeals court reversed the $50 million verdict. However, one of the justices on that court had an election campaign that was heavily funded by A.T. Massey, and the justice refused to recuse himself. Caperton appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, alleging a breach of justice based on the apparent conflict of interest.
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