3rd Circ. Won't Review Widow's Black Lung Benefits Award

Law360, New York (August 8, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT) -- In a precedential decision, the Third Circuit ruled Thursday that the Affordable Care Act allows for a coal miner’s widow, whose first claim for survivor benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act was denied pre-ACA could recover benefits when she filed a subsequent claim.

A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit denied a petition by Marmon Coal Co. and International Business and Mercantile Reassurance Co. to review a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Benefits Review Board confirming survivor benefits awarded to Ethel D. Eckman...
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