PAINTSVILLE – Carl and Billie Butcher and Ronnie and Irene Gamble,
residents of Hagar Hill, have filed a civil action in the Johnson Circuit
Court seeking payment for damages from johnson-Floyd Coal Company for
damages to their homes allegedly caused by blasting and other mining activities
of Johnson-Floyd Coal Company. The action also alleges that the plaintiffs
have been denied loss of use and enjoyment of their homes and have alleged
that the company's actions are "grossly negligent" and that
"punitive damages" should be paid. The suit does not demand
a specific amount of damages. The lawsuit was filed by Kyle Salyer, attorney
at Kirk Law Firm.
"We don't like to sue," Ronnie Gamble said, "but we
had no choice. This big company was ruining our home," he added.
Johnson-Floyd Coal Company has extensive mining operations in Johnson County.
Susan L. Maines, a Lexington attorney with the firm of Casey, Bailey &
Maines, has filed a response for the company that denies the allegations
of damages and states that if plaintiffs' property has been damaged
that the damage is "the sole and proximate results of contributory
negligence on the part of the plaintiffs" or that the damages were
caused "by a third party" or resulted from "an Act of God."