In a segment on his satiric news show, Oliver slammed Murray, alleging that a mining accident that killed nine people was partially the result of improper practices, not an earthquake as Murray’s company had claimed. He also had a giant squirrel write a check telling him to, “Eat shit, Bob!” After the segment aired, Oliver knew that the notoriously litigious Murray was likely to sue. “I know you’re probably going to sue me over this. But, you know what? I stand by everything I said,” he said on the show. Murray couldn’t resist the bait, apparently, and did indeed sue. He filed a defamation suit in West Virginia against Oliver, HBO, and Time Warner, calling the segment a “meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character and reputation” of the coal baron and his business.