Cases & Deals

Firm launches charitable fund for coal mining victims

Clients Sago Mine coal mining disaster

Ellen Halfon, with help from Jeff Leavitt in Jones Day Cleveland, worked with attorneys in Jones Day New York to create a charitable fund to provide assistance to victims of coal mining disasters, including in particular victims and the families of victims of the Sago Mine coal mining disaster of January 2, 2006, which resulted in the deaths of 12 coal miners and the serious injury of a thirteenth. The Fund will provide long- and short-term assistance to such persons, to ease economic and personal hardship from disasters like this. The team of Jones Day lawyers obtained an expedited review of its exemption application from the IRS and received a favorable determination letter less than one month after the initial filing, rather than after the usual six to nine month waiting period.

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