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Utah Man Jailed - Domestic Fight Claimed as Comp 02/07/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 34 | 0
30 year-old Ogden resident, Robert Paul Martinez is spending nearly six-months in jail for insurance fraud. Second District Court Judge Ernie W. Jones sentenced Martinez October 16, 2002, on charges of workers compensation insurance fraud, a second-degree felony. The Judge sentenced Martin...Read More
Utah May Disgorge Interest in Fund - "Mutualizatio 02/06/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 44 | 0
Associated Press reports that Utah officials may unload the state's interest in the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah for $50 million in order to raise cash for the state's budgetary problems. While calling the move a mutualization of the firm, Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo, who has been nego...Read More
Unitrin Reports Net Loss of $3.7M in 4th Quarter 01/31/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 71 | 0
Unitrin, Inc. (NYSE:UTR) reported today a total net loss of $3.7 million ($0.05 per common share) for the three months ended December 31, 2002, compared to total net loss of $12.1 million ($0.18 per common share) for the same period in 2001. Improved results from operations for the fourth quarter of...Read More
USCA 4th Upholds Fraud Sentence on Doctor 01/20/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 32 | 0
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court's ruling that a West Virginia medical vendor shall pay damages due to fraud based on "intended loss" rather than actual loss.In US v. MILLER (01/14/03 - No. 02-4078), Dr. Robert Miller pled guilty to mail fraud for over-billing t...Read More
USCA: Employer Not Entitled to Settlement Credit 01/20/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 41 | 0
The United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled last week that under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, the last employer of a worker who died from overall occupational asbestos exposure was liable, and that employer was not entitled to credit for claimant's net settl...Read More
UnionBanCal Buys Burnham Insurance 12/20/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 42 | 0
UnionBanCal Corporation (NYSE:UB) yesterday announced that its Union Bank of California, N.A., subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to acquire San Diego-based John Burnham & Company, dba John Burnham Insurance Services, one of the nation's largest privately held commercial insurance brokerag...Read More
UK Work Deaths Down But Stress Claims Up 12/12/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 75 | 0
New figures published yesterday by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) of the United Kingdom (Britain) show that 249 people were killed in work-related accidents around Britain in 2001/02 (43 fewer than 2000/01), there were 27,477 major injuries (47 fewer than 2001/02) and an estimated 40.2 mil...Read More
UCLA Forecast: Work Comp Competitive Problem 12/05/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 95 | 0
The UCLA Anderson Forecast, in cooperation with the Financial Times, recently conducted an Internet-based economic survey whose results unveiled some surprisingly paradoxical attitudes among the 3,447 Americans who responded. One interesting revelation is that while 25 percent of those surveyed repo...Read More
Union Wants SCIF Hiring Freeze Lifted 11/22/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 43 | 0
Workers at the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) and the union that represents them are pleased with yesterday's announcement that the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation is urging Gov. Gray Davis to lift a hiring freeze the state has imposed on the billion dol...Read More
UnumProvident Counters Recent Negative Press 11/19/2002
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 54 | 0
UnumProvident Corporation (NYSE: UNM), the nation's largest disability insurance company, has been the victim of recent negative publicity surrounding claims handling practices. Behind the al...Read More
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