The new rule, proposed by the Department of Labor, would make it easier for miners debilitated by black lung to get financial benefits.
The agency agrees to pay $134,000 to resolve claims it endangered a New York woman and violated her privacy. A DEA agent used the real name and photos of the woman to communicate with a wanted fugitive — without her knowledge.
They overcame now-discredited testimony by a prominent Johns Hopkins doctor and almost a decade of legal wrangling with a coal company. Now the family of deceased miner Steve Day gets what they were owed all along.
Citing a case revealed by BuzzFeed News, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said it’s “appalling” that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent created a fake Facebook page using a real woman’s name and photos — without her knowledge.
After BuzzFeed News revealed that the Drug Enforcement Administration had created a phony Facebook page using a real woman’s name — without her knowledge — the company has told the agency it committed a “serious breach” of Facebook’s terms of service.
When a coal miner’s lungs finally gave out, his autopsy proved a top doctor was wrong — giving hope to thousands of other miners. The story of Steve Day and his final vindication.
A DEA agent commandeered a woman’s identity, created a phony Facebook account in her name, and posted racy photos he found on her seized cell phone. The government said he had the right to do that. Update: Facebook has removed the page and the Justice Department says it is reviewing the incident.
Coal companies are supposed pay compensation to miners who contract the dreaded disease, but the companies have devised ways to get out of paying. The bill attempts to shut down those schemes. Update: This post now includes information from a conference call with one of the bill’s sponsors.
The likely reason the dreaded coal miners’ disease has come back: failure by mining companies to use tried and true methods to control dust.
The Department of Labor has told coal miners that a Johns Hopkins doctor might have wrongly ruled out that they have the disease, effectively denying them benefits. The government is responding to a series of investigative stories published last year by the Center for Public Integrity in partnership with ABC News.
The new rule is a direct response to disclosures that lawyers kept key evidence from sick miners, which caused some to lose benefits cases.