Rock Law

Shedding Light on Special Assessments

Shedding Light on Special Assessments

AggMan Staff - Sep 01, 2013

Operators should be diligent in contesting special assessments and seeking justification for penalty calculations.   by Patrick W. Dennison   In 2007, new penalty ...

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ALJ Knows Best

ALJ Knows Best

AggMan Staff - Aug 01, 2013

Recent orders denying motions for settlement signal a need for change in the settlement process.   by Adam J. Schwendeman   In August of ...

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The State of S & S

AggMan Staff - Jul 01, 2013

Through two recent cases, the Review Commission is expanding what can be considered an S&S violation.   By Christopher G. Peterson   Many operators ...

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Penalty Primer

Penalty Primer

AggMan Staff - Jun 01, 2013

Here are some basic guidelines to civil penalties under Section 110(C) of the Mine Act.   by Christopher G. Peterson     Recently, the Mine ...

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A Flagrant Foul

AggMan Staff - May 01, 2013

Review Commission issues a troubling decision on “repeated flagrant” violations.   By Arthur Wolfson   The Federal Mine Safety Review Commission recently issued a ...

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Preservation of Evidence

Preservation of Evidence

AggMan Staff - Apr 01, 2013

A litigation hold requires parties to preserve evidence relevant to a legal dispute.   By Meredith A. Kapushion   Mine operators are familiar with ...

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The Pattern of Violation Rule

AggMan Staff - Mar 01, 2013

Is it more effective enforcement or simply another regulatory morass?   by  Laura E. Beverage and Michelle Witter   On Jan. 17, 2013, the ...

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State Laws Stir the Pot on Workplace Safety

AggMan Staff - Feb 01, 2013

Drug testing and workplace investigations will be impacted by state ballot initiatives and NRLB decisions.   By M. Robin Repass     During the 2012 ...

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Costly Claims

AggMan Staff - Jan 01, 2013

Operators may pay the price for MSHA’s new emphasis on discrimination enforcement.   by Michelle Witter   Citing the Upper Big Branch disaster, MSHA’s ...

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Ugly Decision in Black Beauty

AggMan Staff - Dec 01, 2012

Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission approves heightened scrutiny, and less clarity, over proposed settlements.   By Ben McFarland   Most who are ...

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