From the Hollywood Reporter:
HBO has lost the first round in its fight with Murray Energy over a June 18 broadcast of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which covered President Donald Trump's generous treatment of the coal industry.
The network wanted a federal court rather than a West Virginia state judge to take up the quarrel over whether the show defamed Robert Murray, Murray Energy and other associated coal companies. HBO argued that because neither Murray, Oliver nor HBO reside in West Virginia, removing the case to federal court is proper. Four subsidiaries named as plaintiffs are based in the state, but the plaintiffs' lawyer argued they aren't real parties in interest.
But in a ruling on Thursday, the federal judge has remanded the case back to a state court where it originated.
As the report concluded:
Murray now gets home field advantage.
This was not in either of the Friday papers.
Here's a tangential question for long-time readers of Wheeling "newspapers." Is it my imagination or have the Ogden papers cut back on their Robert Murray and Murray Energy coverage? It wasn't that long ago that the locals consistently covered Murray Energy matters with stories, rewrites of PR releases and even op-ed columns on a regular (at the least, weekly) basis. Now, not so much. I wonder what that's about.