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Drummond case shows danger facing Colombian unions

The U.S. federal lawsuit filed in Drummond's home state of Alabama [over alleged involvement in the killings of Colombian trade unionists] has gained attention in Europe, where power companies DONG of Denmark and Essent of the Netherlands said last week they halted new coal purchases from the company. Both are minor clients... Drummond on Thursday denied the accusations in the suit. "We are under a restricted comment directive from the court regarding the lawsuit in question," a Drummond official said. "While we cannot comment on specifics, we strongly deny the accusations and look forward to evidence being heard with complete exoneration."...Companies such as Coca-Cola and British Petroleum have faced criticisms from human rights groups over labor issues. Chiquita Brands International pulled out of the country after admitting it had paid an illegal militia for protection.