6th Circuit Panel Affirms 15-Year Exposure Presumption For Black Lung Benefit Award

CINCINNATI - A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 17 affirmed an award of black lung benefits over the objections of the West Virginia Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis Fund after concluding that the employer has the burden of overcoming a presumption of exposure if the miner works 15 or more years in a coal mine (Big Branch Resources Inc. v. John A. Ogle, et al., No. 13-3251, 6th Cir.).

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