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Ala. firm sought State Dept. aid in suit [USA]

Faced with a lawsuit over the slayings of three union leaders in Colombia, an Alabama coal company [Drummond Company] quietly lobbied the [US] State Department in an apparent bid to have the suit thrown out, according to court records and an attorney in the case....The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals spelled out the failed lobbying attempt by Drummond in a decision Wednesday that unsealed key records that had been kept from public view.