Monday, August 10, 2015

Hurt feelings?

There's a case pending, apparently, in the Federal District Court of Wyoming in which environmentalist have sued the Peabody Coal Company.  I don't know what the suit is about.

Apparently the plaintiffs included lyrics of the chorus from John Prine's classic "New" Grass folk song, Paradise, in their complaint.  For those not familiar with the song, those lyrics are:
And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away.
The defendant apparently moved to strike that part of the complaint, and now that motion is pending.

Well, I suppose it isn't proper pleading, but Peabody has been around a long time and its survived okay since 1971 when the song was released.  Apparently, according to an article in the Tribune, they've never liked the fact that they were the target of the song, and it is pretty pointed, but still, seems like moving to strike is fairly pointless.

No comments: