Bankruptcy Court Permits Patriot to Modify Union Agreements

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Patriot Coal became the third major debtor in the last year to modify benefits or reject a CBA under sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code. Following similar rulings in the Hostess and AMR Corporation bankruptcies, Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States on May 29, 2013, granted Patriot authorization to modify agreements with the United Mine Workers of America and reject union CBAs. To read more about the court’s analysis and the impact of this ruling, please click here.