Noble Group survival threatened as miner sues to end coal deal

Strained Noble Group, which is fighting for survival, is being sued by an Indonesian coal miner in a case that could jeopardize some of its remaining businesses.

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Noble Group Ltd.'s week of woe just got a lot worse as the trader, which has defaulted and seen founder Richard Elman quit the board, was sued by an Indonesian coal miner for more than a quarter of a billion dollars in a case that may jeopardize some of its remaining business.

In addition to the sum sought, PT Atlas Resources is seeking to cancel marketing deals with Noble Group and one of its units made in 2013, as well as unwinding equity transactions between the two groups, according to a court summary of the lawsuit filed by the miner in the Central Jakarta court this week. On Friday, the Hong Kong-based trader said that while it is aware of the case, it had not yet been served and it plans to contest the claims.

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