6th Circ. Blocks Coal Co.'s Bid To Limit Black Lung Payouts

Law360, New York (May 3, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Friday rejected a bid by the McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corp. to limit dependent payments under the Black Lung Benefits Act, saying automatic survivor benefits revived under the 2010 Black Lung Amendments begin accumulating from the month of a worker’s death.

In a short published order, the appeals court declined to review a Benefits Review Board ruling that widow Vernie Dotson is entitled to survivor benefits beginning from the month of her husband’s death in August 1998, rejecting Elkhorn’s arguments that doing so...
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