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Update From the Benefits Review Board (May 2013)
Posted on 19 May 2013 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore, Benefits Review Board, Washington, D.C. © Copyright 2013 U.S. Dept. of Labor. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. This article appeared in the Benefits Review Board Service—Longshore... Read More

Update from the Benefits Review Board (July 2016)
Posted on 26 Jul 2016 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore Division BRB Personnel News Last year, I reported on the retirement of Judges Dolder, Smith and McGranery, and the appointments of Judges Buzzard and Gilligan. In July 2015, the Secretary of... Read More

Board Clarifies Procedures in Defense Base Act Cases Where the Insurance Carrier May Be Entitled to War Hazards Compensation Act Reimbursement
Posted on 8 Apr 2013 by Mark A. Reinhalter

By Mark A. Reinhalter, Counsel for Longshore, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. The unprecedented degree of private contracting that accompanied the military interventions in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 dramatically... Read More

Update From the Benefits Review Board (May 2012)
Posted on 3 May 2012 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore, Benefits Review Board, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. BRB Statistical Update The Board began this fiscal year in October 2011 with 148 pending Longshore appeals. During the... Read More

As Iraq War Winds Down, Some DBA Issues Are Resolved While Others Remain in Dispute
Posted on 20 Jan 2012 by Mark A. Reinhalter

By Mark A. Reinhalter, Counsel for Longshore Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. A quiet ceremony in Baghdad on December 15, 2011 marked the official end of the United States intervention in Iraq ( Washington Post , December... Read More

Update from the Benefits Review Board (April 2018)
Posted on 24 Apr 2018 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore Division, Benefits Review Board BRB Statistical Update The Board began Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 in October 2017 with 109 pending Longshore/DBA appeals. During the last fiscal year, which ended September... Read More

Precedent or Not? Confusion About Use of Unpublished Decisions
Posted on 13 Oct 2017 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Thomas C. Fitzhugh, III, Esq., The Longshore Institute, Houston, Texas Before computerized legal research, lawyers had to rely on printed cases that came out first in paperback (advance sheets) and ultimately in beautifully bound volumes. Today... Read More

Update from the Benefits Review Board (May 2014)
Posted on 9 May 2014 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore Benefits Review Board, United States Department of Labor Washington, D.C. BRB News On April 30, 2014, Chairman and Chief Administrative Appeals Judge Nancy S. Dolder retired after 29 years of... Read More

Resolving Longshore Claims Through Settlements and Stipulations
Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

Overview of Current Issues and Developments in Administrative Law Judges’ Decisions [n1] By Yelena Zaslavskaya, Senior Attorney for Longshore, Office of Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. Many disputed Longshore... Read More

2015 Update from the Benefits Review Board
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. BRB Personnel News The membership of the Benefits Review Board has changed quite a bit in the past year. Judge Betty Jean Hall, who has been... Read More

Appeal of Defense Base Act Claims to the Courts: The Disagreement Over Forum Continues
Posted on 14 Jul 2010 by Monica F. Markovich

The proper court to review a Defense Base Act decision on appeal from the Benefits Review Board has been a source of confusion for decades. Because the Defense Base Act (DBA, 42 U.S.C.S. § 1651 et seq.) is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor... Read More

Update From the Benefits Review Board (May 2012)
Posted on 3 May 2012 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Karen Koenig, Associate General Counsel, Longshore, Benefits Review Board, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. BRB Statistical Update The Board began this fiscal year in October 2011 with 148 pending Longshore appeals. During... Read More

Longshore Act: Department of Labor-Appointed Independent Medical Examinations
Posted on 20 Oct 2010 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

The District Director, OWCP, may order an examination of the claimant by an independent medical examiner when a medical question exists with regard to the claimant’s diagnosis, extent, effectiv eness of appropriate treatment or the duration of any... Read More

Longshore Update from the Benefits Review Board
Posted on 12 May 2010 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

The Board began this fiscal year in October 2009 with 118 pending Longshore appeals. Historically, appeals are filed in about 10 percent of the Longshore cases decided by OALJ. During the last fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2009, the Board received... Read More

As Iraq War Winds Down, Some DBA Issues Are Resolved While Others Remain in Dispute
Posted on 20 Jan 2012 by Mark A. Reinhalter

By Mark A. Reinhalter, Counsel for Longshore Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. A quiet ceremony in Baghdad on December 15, 2011 marked the official end of the United States intervention in Iraq ( Washington Post ,... Read More