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Murray Energy to sue HBO comedian

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WSIL -- Murray Energy is suing HBO and comedian John Oliver over this weekend's segment on coal.

The company calls the segment on Oliver's Last Week Tonight "blatantly false and deliberately destructive."

Company owner Bob Murray says the segment aimed to defame his character and destroy his company.

Murray sent HBO two letters last week, and spoke with their counsel on Saturday aiming to correct what they called false statements.

Murray energy owns mines in our region in Franklin County and Galatia.  

Murray Energy issued a statement saying the following:

The false and defamatory statements in this broadcast severely and destructively impact Mr. Murray, and all of Murray Energy, particularly our Mines in the State of West Virginia, where we are the largest coal mining employer in the State, as well as coal mining itself, one of the primary foundations of that State's economy.

Murray Energy filed this lawsuit, in part, in order to protect these lives and family livelihoods from the further damage by people who do not want to see coal mined, and want all of those lives destroyed, and will stop at nothing, including lying and fabrications, to accomplish their goal.

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