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Workers' Compensation News

Utah Fund Privatization Goes to Full Senate 02/25/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 46 | 0
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday that a Senate committee voted in favor of Senate Bill 170 and is sending the bill to the full Senate.SB170, by Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo, would would attempt to maintain the federal tax exemption of the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah and continue t...Read More
Unauthorized Use of Vehicle = No Work Comp 02/25/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 78 | 0
The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently ruled that an injury sustained during an employee's unauthorized use of a company vehicle wasn't compensable under the state's workers' compensation laws.In Pratt v. Morris Roofing, Inc., S.C. Ct. App. (No. 3591, 1/21/03), Morris Roofing, a roofin...Read More
Utah Fund Privatization Efforts Hitting Road Block 02/21/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 34 | 0
The Desert News on Wednesday reported that efforts to fully privatize the Workers Compensation Fund are stalling, and that the issues involving the transaction may not be resolved by end of the 2003 general session on March 5.The bill, sponsored by Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, would remove ...Read More
Utah Fund Must Return Assets to State if Privatize 02/18/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 82 | 0
The Salt Lake Tribune reported last week that executives of the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah (WCF) obtained legal opinions from Brigham Young University law professor Tom Lee and former U.S. Attorney for Utah David Jordan as to what the claim Utah taxpayers may have to the agency's $780 million...Read More
Utah Man Jailed - Domestic Fight Claimed as Comp 02/07/2003
State: Natl. | Segment: Top | 37 | 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 | 53 | 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 | 78 | 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 | 38 | 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 | 45 | 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 | 45 | 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
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