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Drummond Co.'s winning verdict over families of slain Colombian labor leaders appealed to 11th Circuit of Appeals in Atlanta

Drummond Co.'s July legal victory over accusations it ordered the murders of three Colombian labor leaders has been appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta…. The appeal stems from the 2001 deaths of three Colombian miners who were leaders of the labor union at Drummond's coal mine…. At the center of the appeal are the rulings of federal District Judge Karen Bowdre that prohibited the testimony of three men the union says had firsthand knowledge of Drummond's links with anti-union gunmen allied with the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, which goes by the Spanish abbreviation AUC.