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Applied Underwriters Can't Compel Arbitration of Lawsuit Over EquityComp Program 11/27/2017
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 415 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled that Applied Underwriters was not entitled to compel arbitration with two disgruntled customers who had purchased its EquityComp insurance program. ...Read More

Advisory Council Won't Intervene on Bad-Faith Dealings 11/27/2017
State: SD | Segment: NORTH | 156 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
The South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council has decided it does not have the authority to address bad-faith negotiations between claimants’ attorneys and defense lawyers, and will allow carrier attorneys to take the issue directly to the Legislature. ...Read More

Arbitration Over EquityComp Disputes Not Always Going Carrier's Way 11/22/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1180 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Employers who signed up for the EquityComp program and ended up litigating a dispute are in some cases benefitting more from mandatory arbitration clauses than Applied Underwriters, the program’s administrator. ...Read More

Audit to Target Heavy Ordering of Lumbar Spine MRIs 11/22/2017
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 475 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Division of Workers’ Compensation wants stakeholder input in developing an audit plan to evaluate the appropriateness of a doctor’s decision and record-keeping that supports the ordering of lumbar spine MRIs before one month of conservative therapy. ...Read More

Almond Sorter Accused of Exaggerating Symptoms of Injury 11/15/2017
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 752 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An almond sorter was charged with making false statements about the extent of her injuries after her doctors said she lied about not being able to use her right arm, Intercare Holdings Insurance Services Inc. announced. ...Read More

Attorney Fee Cap Passes First House Hurdle 11/15/2017
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 350 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The Florida House Commerce Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would cap claimants’ attorney fees at $150 an hour. ...Read More

Ann Arbor Risk Management Firm: Opioid Investigations on the Rise 11/14/2017
State: MI | Segment: NORTH | 345 | 0 | Popular with Legal
After painkiller costs rose several hundred thousand dollars on his company's prescription health plan, the human resources director of a Michigan auto parts factory discovered his company was "a prime target for people to deal" after hiring a risk management firm, ...Read More

Attorney Says OCDA Violated Immunity Deal to File Charges in Fraud Case 11/13/2017
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1712 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A collections manager accused concealing kickbacks that Landmark Medical Management allegedly paid to providers who prescribed compound creams to injured workers in California should not have been charged because she was granted immunity before testifying in front of a grand jury, according ...Read More

After Constitutionality Ruling, Task Force Talks Modernizing State's Work Comp Law 11/13/2017
By: Emily Brill (Reporter)
State: AL | Segment: Top | 365 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Even though his challenge to the constitutionality of Alabama’s workers’ compensation scheme ended in a settlement last week, claimants’ attorney Lawrence King says he’s optimistic that change is coming, because the state bar has assembled a task force to talk about modern...Read More

AmTrust Reports $175M Loss in Q3 Amid 'Transformative Year' 11/10/2017
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 293 | 0 | Popular with Legal
AmTrust Financial Services on Wednesday reported a net loss of $175 million for the third quarter of 2017, which Chief Executive Officer Barry Zyskind described as “a transformative ye...Read More
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