Notice: Fourth Circuit Local Rule 36(c) States That Citation of Unpublished Dispositions is Disfavored Except for Establishing Res Judicata, Estoppel, or the Law of the Case and Requires Service of Copies of Cited Unpublished Dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.donna M. Hicks, Widow of Troy E. Hicks, Petitioner, v. Eastern Associated Coal Corporation; Director, Office Ofworkers' Compensation Programs, United Statesdepartment of Labor, Respondents, 94 F.3d 641 (4th Cir. 1996)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 94 F.3d 641 (4th Cir. 1996)

Submitted Aug. 15, 1996. Decided Aug. 20, 1996


Donna M. Hicks, Petitioner Pro Se.

Mark Elliott Solomons, Laura Metcoff Klaus, ARTER & HADEN, Washington, D.C.; Patricia May Nece, Rodger Pitcairn, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Washington, D.C., for Respondents.

Before MURNAGHAN and ERVIN, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.

PER CURIAM:


Appellant 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. §§ 901-945 (West 1986 & Supp.1995). Our review of the record discloses that the Board's decision is based upon substantial evidence and is without reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm on the reasoning of the Board. Hicks v. Eastern Associated Coal Corp., No. 95-1980-BLA (B.R.B. Jan. 26, 1996). 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.

AFFIRMED