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Longshore Act: The Burden of Proof - Conductive vs. Sensorineural Hearing Loss

By Steven M. Birnbaum, Law Offices of Steven M. Birnbaum, San Rafael, California In a recent decision by the Benefits Review Board (Norris Plaisance, Sr. v. Ceres Gulf , BRB Nos. 10-0562, 10-0562A (June 24, 2011) (unpublished) , the issue of the burden of proof was addressed when looking at conductive...

Board Clarifies Procedures in Defense Base Act Cases Where the Insurance Carrier May Be Entitled to War Hazards Compensation Act Reimbursement

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 increased the significance of the Defense...

Update From the Benefits Review Board (May 2013)

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 Reporter (LexisNexis). BRB Statistical...

Update from the Benefits Review Board (May 2014)

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 service with the Department of Labor. Judge Betty...

Resolving Longshore Claims Through Settlements and Stipulations

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 claims[n2] referred to the Office of Administrative...

Update from the Benefits Review Board (July 2016)

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 Labor appointed Jonathan Rolfe as the Board’s...