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Bizarre Death of WC Claims Manager is Murder 03/05/2001
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 90 | 0
The Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday 3/3/01 that Robert Salazar, 37, of Houston, Texas, was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder for the 1996 death of a co-worker with whom he was having sex on a hotel balcony. She had fallen from the balcony to her death. Sandra Lorena Orellan...Read More
Burlington Northern Stops Genetic Testing 02/20/2001
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 108 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad agreed to stop genetic testing of employees who filed claims for work-related injuries after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit. Allegedly tests were conducted on 20 employees to detect chromosome 17 deletion, which has been li...Read More
Bakersfield Man Arraigned on Comp Fraud 12/18/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 105 | 0
California Department of Insurance (CDI) Fraud Investigators announced today the arraignment of a Bakersfield resident. Grant Martinelli, 34, of Bakersfield was arraigned today in Department G of Kern County Superior Court and pled not guilty to two counts of making false material stateme...Read More
Back Belts Ineffective Study Says 12/06/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 113 | 0
A study of more than 9,000 Wal-Mart workers published in today's (12/6/00) Journal of the American Medical Assn., found that workers who wore the belts regularly while lifting were just as likely to report lower back pain and to file workers' compensation claims as those who wore the belts rarely, i...Read More
Best Downgrades Fremont 12/06/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 135 | 0
Effective December 01, 2000 Fremont Compensation Insurance Group, Glendale, CA, was downgraded by A.M. Best Co. from B (Fair) to E (Under Regulatory Supervision) and removed from under review.Best said in a press release that the rating action follows the agreement Fremont...Read More
Best Study Finds 3.7% 1999 Premium Increase 11/06/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 125 | 0
A.M. Best released a two-page statistical study October 30 concluding that the top 100 companies writing workers...Read More
Bakersfield Employers Arrested for Comp Fraud 11/02/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 121 | 0
Buchanan's Running Mate's Comp Claim 10/22/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 83 | 0
Pat Buchanan's Reform Party running mate, Ms. Ezola Foster, who is longtime conservative and purports to be skeptical of most government social programs, admitted in August that she had submitted a false document in 1996 in order to get California worker compensation benefits. Accord...Read More

Best Lowers Western Growers Rating 09/06/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 143 | 0
A.M. Best Co. has lowered the financial strength rating of Irvine, CA. based workers' compensation carrier, Western Growers Insurance Co. In lowering the firm from from C++ (Marginal)to D (Poor), Best commented that the rating action 'reflects the company's continued decline in capital s...Read More
Berkshire Looking at Reliance Again 08/23/2000
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 119 | 0
The Wall Street Journal reported today (page C1) that Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company founded and controlled by billionaire Warren Buffet, is expected to propose a deal to provide billions of dollars of reinsurance relief to struggling Reliance Group Holdings, parent to Reliance Insurance Co...Read More
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