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Peabody seeks to dismiss Navajo Nation claim
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2003

Lawyers for Peabody Coal have asked a federal judge to dismiss the Navajo Nation's billion-dollar racketeering suit against the company.

The move comes after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in an unpublished decision this past April, rejected Peabody's attempt to force the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe into arbitration over a coal mining lease. The circuit court dismissed Peabody's appeal entirely.

The Navajo Nation contends Peabody colluded with Reagan administration officials at the Department of Interior to deny the tribe its rightful share of royalties from a valuable coal deposit in northeastern Arizona. The tribe says it lost $600 million.

Get the Story:
Peabody wants damage claim dropped (The Gallup Independent 6/17)

Relevant Links:
The Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org
Hopi Tribe - http://www.hopi.nsn.us
Peabody Energy - http://www.peabodyenergy.com

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