Court orders Ky. mine operator to abandon suit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An administrative court in Washington has ruled that a Kentucky coal company must withdraw its lawsuit against a former worker who complained he was discriminated against.

Armstrong Coal filed a civil suit in Muhlenberg County in August against Reuben Shemwell, who was fired from the company's Parkway Mine in 2011.

Shemwell had already taken his own legal action against the company by filing a federal discrimination complaint, arguing that he was let go for complaining about safety hazards. Armstrong's suit accused Shemwell of wrongfully using civil proceedings, and says Shemwell was terminated for using his phone on the job.

The administrative court ruled Wednesday that Armstrong must move to have its suit dismissed within 40 days.

An attorney for Armstrong Coal did not return a message seeking comment on Friday.

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