ATLANTA (AP) - The federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld a
verdict that cleared an Alabama coal producer in the shooting
deaths of three Colombian union leaders.
Families of the three killed by paramilitary forces in 2001 sued Drummond Co., but a jury in Birmingham rejected their claims in
Labor groups representing the relatives claimed U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre was wrong to bar testimony intended to tie Drummond to the slayings. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
upheld Bowdre's rulings in an opinion filed last week.
Drummond denied ties to paramilitaries and said it was not involved in the killings. According to the company Web site, it produced almost 23 million tons of coal from La Loma, Colombia, in 2007.
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