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Alabama By-Products Corporation v. Killingsworth

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
733 F.2d 1511 (1984)


Facts

Charles B. Killingsworth (plaintiff) was a long-time coal miner for Alabama By-Products Corporation (ABC) (defendant). After developing shortness of breath, Killingsworth was diagnosed with pneumoconiosis, or black-lung disease, a disease caused by coal mining. Killingsworth filed a claim for disability benefits under Title IV of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, which ABC opposed. The administrative-law judge awarded Killingsworth benefits, finding that the medical evidence was sufficient to meet the presumption of total disability under the applicable federal regulation and that ABC failed to rebut the presumption. ABC appealed, arguing that because ABC submitted some evidence to rebut the presumption, the administrative-law judge was required to find that the presumption had been rebutted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Tuttle, J.)

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