High Court Snubs Protest Of Black-Lung Claims Process

Law360, New York (January 13, 2014, 4:14 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a U.S. Department of Labor regulation permitting coal miners to assert black-lung benefit claims based on newly manifested illness, snubbing industry complaints that the rule allows unsuccessful claims to be endlessly relitigated.

The high court's order leaves undisturbed a DOL-promulgated rule that gives miners the right to bring worker's compensation claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act even if the denial of a previous claim has been finalized.

The petitioners, Old Republic Insurance Co. and Buck Creek...
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