Robert Coal Company, et al v. OWCP, et al
Per Curiam OPINION filed : DENIED petition for review, decision not for publication. Gilbert S. Merritt, Circuit Judge; Eric L. Clay, Circuit Judge and William H. Stafford, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.
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File Name: 13a0932n.06
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
Oct 30, 2013
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
ROBERT COAL CO. and OLD
REPUBLIC INSURANCE CO.,
DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF WORKERS'
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR,
and ISAAC WALTERS,
ON PETITION FOR REVIEW
FROM BENEFITS REVIEW
BOARD, UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MERRITT and CLAY, Circuit Judges; and STAFFORD, District Judge.*
Robert Coal Company and its carrier (collectively "Robert Coal") seek review of a
decision of the Benefits Review Board (the "Board") affirming the administrative law judge's
("ALJ") decision to award black lung benefits to Isaac Walters, who worked underground in
coal mines for fourteen years. After careful review of the administrative record, the ALJ's
exhaustive 75-page Decision and Order Awarding Benefits, the Board's order affirming the
ALJ's decision, and the parties' briefs, we deny Robert Coal's petition for review, thereby
affirming the award of benefits to Walters.
The Honorable William H. Stafford, Jr., Senior United States District Judge for the
Northern District of Florida, sitting by designation.
Because the parties are familiar with the facts and history of the case, we do not recount
them in this unpublished opinion. It is sufficient to note that, in essence, Robert Coal raises a
single issue before this court—namely, that the ALJ erred as a matter of law by relying on the
preamble to the Department of Labor's amended benefits-eligibility regulations when analyzing
and weighing the conflicting medical opinions regarding the nature and cause of Walters's
impairment. The Board rejected this argument, as do we. Indeed, Robert Coal's argument is
foreclosed by this court's decision in A & E Coal Co. v. Adams, 694 F.3d 798, 801-02 (6th Cir.
We otherwise find no basis for setting aside the ALJ's decision. The ALJ carefully
reviewed the medical evidence, appropriately weighed the many physicians' opinions, well and
thoroughly explained her assessment of those opinions, and had substantial evidence to support
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