NEW YORK A federal bankruptcy court judge in New York has moved metallurgical coal producer Patriot Coal Corp.s Chapter 11 case to St. Louis, a company spokeswoman confirmed to AMM sister publication Steel First.
St. Louis-based Patriot Coal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection July 9 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York in an attempt to reorganize its business.
Judge Shelley Chapman made the ruling after receiving hundreds of letters from coal miners and their families who wanted the case heard in St. Louis so it would be convenient for union workers and retirees to attend the hearings.
The decision was supported by the United Mine Workers of America, which has been campaigning for the case to be transferred to St. Louis for several months.
"Patriot Coal respects the courts decision to transfer the companys Chapter 11 proceedings to St. Louis, where Patriot is headquartered," the spokeswoman said. "We remain focused on using the reorganization process to ensure the companys future viability as a competitor and employer in a challenging market environment.
"We anticipate that the new court will become familiar with our case very quickly, and we remain committed to completing the reorganization as soon as possible and preserving the nearly 4,000 jobs at risk," she added.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.