None of the 30 lawsuits has come to trial. The suit against Bluestone Coal Co., owned by James Justice II of Beckley, was scheduled to begin in September before McDowell County Circuit Judge Booker Stephens.
The West Virginia Coal Association delayed that lawsuit, and 15 others, by asking that they be transferred to federal district court in Beckley.
For six months, U.S. District Judge David Faber has done nothing to rule on the coal association's legal motion.
Vieweg has consistently expressed doubts as to whether major coal companies should be required to pay debts incurred by their contractors.
The law allows coal companies and other employers to ask Vieweg for "a settlement of the amount of premium taxes, accrued interest and penalties and any award of attorney's fees" in lawsuits.
Unlike open courtroom proceedings, the negotiations would take place privately.
After an employer reached an agreement with Vieweg, it would be subject to final approval from the nine-member Performance Council.
But the exact terms of such agreements may never become public, under the law.