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Black-lung presumption puts burden on employer (access required)

Equivocal medical testimony could not rebut the Black Lung Benefits Act’s 15-year presumption of causation, the court of appeals held. Claimant Lonnie Smith was a coal miner for 31 years. In 2003, he retired because shortness of breath and other ailments were impairing his ability to continue working. He filed a claim for black-lung benefits in ...