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Black Lung Benefits – ‘Operator’ – Definition Change – Subsequent Rehire (access required)

When the claimant first worked for petitioner’s predecessor, the predecessor did not fall within the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act’s definition of “operator.” However, after the definition of “operator” was expanded to include mining construction contractors like petitioner’s predecessor, ...

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Appeals court rebukes prosecutors in death penalty case (access required)

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A federal appeals court panel has ordered an evidentiary hearing to determine if undisclosed evidence could upset the conviction of a man sentenced to die for the 2004 Norfolk murders of four people, including two preschool girls. Ruling that U.S. ...

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Black Lung Benefits – ‘Operator’ – Definition Change – Subsequent Rehire (access required)

Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc. v. Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (VLW No. 017-2-206, 13 pp.) (Diaz, J.) 16-1849; Nov. 30, 2017; on petition for review from the Benefits Review Board; 4th Cir. Holding: When the claimant first worked for petitioner’s ...

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Lawyer must testify about how she got documents (access required)

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An unnamed criminal defense at­torney and her investigator will have to answer federal prosecu­tors’ questions about how they came into possession of allegedly fraudulent documents that were in­troduced as evidence at their cli­ent’s trial. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Officer, prosecutor immune in false arrest appeal (access required)

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A police officer and a prosecutor who failed to revoke arrest warrants after learning that no crime was committed – leading to the arrests of an Alexandria couple – are immune from civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ...

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