Franklin D. Thomas, Petitioner, v. Jewell Smokeless Coal Corporation; Director, Office Ofworkers' Compensation Programs, United Statesdepartment of Labor, Respondents, 4 F.3d 986 (4th Cir. 1993)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 4 F.3d 986 (4th Cir. 1993) Submitted: July 30, 1993. Decided: August 23, 1993

On Petition for Review of an Order of the Benefits Review Board. (88-1678-BLA, 85-1552-BLA)

Franklin D. Thomas, Petitioner Pro Se.

Ronald Eugene Gilbertson, Kilcullen, Wilson & Kilcullen, Washington, D.C.; Marta Kusic, Staff Attorney, Tanya P. Harvey, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., for Respondents.



Before PHILLIPS, MURNAGHAN, and LUTTIG, Circuit Judges.



Franklin D. Thomas seeks review of the Benefits Review Board's decision and order affirming the administrative law judge's denial of black lung benefits pursuant to 30 U.S.C.A. # 8E8E # 901-945 (West 1986 & Supp. 1992). Our review of the record discloses that the Board's decision is based upon substantial evidence and that this appeal is without merit. Accordingly, we affirm on the reasoning of the Board. Thomas v. Jewell Smokeless Coal Corp., No. 88-1678-BLA (B.R.B. Jan. 26, 1993). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process.