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Supreme Court miners' healthcare benefits ruling

[JURIST] Along with Eldred [JURIST report], the US Supreme Court Wednesday handed down a second split decision reversing by 6-3 the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and holding that despite a missed government deadline, coal companies must pay into a federal pool to pay for miners' healthcare benefits. Read Barnhart v. Peabody Coal Co. [opinion text, PDF] - Opinion by Souter, dissents by Scalia and Thomas. Get background on the case from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

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