Judge Rejects Recent Settlements Between Secretary and Operators
- Created: Thursday, 06 August 2015 16:26
- Published: Thursday, 06 August 2015 16:26
By Ellen Smith
If your company is looking to settle a case for MSHA citations that were initially contested, have all of the justifications in place for any significant penalty reduction, or be ready for protracted proceedings to get approval from a Commission judge.
ALJ William Moran recently rejected two settlements where the attorney for the Secretary refused to voluntarily produce the information that could have justified steep reductions in the penalties – anywhere from a 25 percent to a 70 percent reduction.