Another coal company bites the dust. Again. Patriot Coal, a miner of coal in several Appalachian states, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May Patriot said it is “in active negotiations for. Case Background. On January 30, , Patriot National, Inc. and 18 affiliated debtors (collectively, the "Debtors") each filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Case Background. On October 26, , Patriot Coal Corporation’s Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”) became effective, marking the successful completion of the Company’s restructuring process under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Richmond, VA.