Judge dismisses coal company suit against HBO's John Oliver

25 February, 2018, 17:44 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Judge dismisses coal company suit against HBO's John Oliver

The energy chief's lawyers had claimed Oliver "executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies".

A segment of Oliver's Sunday show "Last Week Tonight" in June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames regulatory efforts by the Obama administration for damaging the coal industry. "Evil", as well as alleging that a mining accident that killed nine people and that Murray's company claims was caused by an natural disaster was partially the result of improper mining practices. This week, the presiding Judge Jeffrey Cramer granted a dismissal.

Oliver and HBO filed motions to dismiss the case, based on two arguments: (1) that the West Virginia courts did not have jurisdiction, and (2) that the plaintiffs "do not come close to satisfying the legal requirements" for a defamation claim. "I'm not going to say he looks like a geriatric Dr".

"I find the arguments set forth in the Defendats' Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim and Reply well-founded, appropriate in this matter and will grant the same", Cramer wrote in a note to counsel, as posted online by The Hollywood Reporter.

They added: 'Presumably to boost ratings, line their pockets with profits, and advance the show's anti-coal agenda, Defendant Oliver intentionally, falsely, and outrageously conveyed that Mr Murray has no evidence to support his statements that an natural disaster caused the tragedy'.

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Oliver's segment, which is well worth watching in full, took Murray to task for claiming to defend coal workers while doing little to protect their safety.

On the programme, which aired in June previous year, Oliver criticised the Murray Energy Corporation over their safety record, raising the issue of the collapse at one of his mines in 2007 which trapped and killed six miners.

Murray sued Oliver, accusing him of making "defamatory statements".

We really can not offer up too much of an opinion one way or another on the subject of Oliver's comments about Murray - we're not in the coal industry and haven't researched it in the same intensive way that the show's writers have.

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