Miners Lose Appeal In Lifetime Benefits Case

Law360, New York (October 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a setback for a union and retired coal mine workers, a federal appeals court has affirmed that a coal company’s health plan that guaranteed its workers lifetime health benefits is no longer valid.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found Thursday that the United Mine Workers union and 63 retired coal mine workers were not entitled to a trial to try to prove that a health plan negotiated with Brushy Creek Coal Company in 1998 ensured its workers health benefits for life....
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