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Trio in Mass. Indicted for Massive Payroll Scam 10/13/2005
State: MA | Segment: Fraud | 250 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Three Boston-area people were indicted Wednesday in what federal authorities described as a payroll scheme that concealed $30 million in wages paid to temporary laborers. The indictment was handed up in U.S. District Court against Quincy residents Tina Le, Steven Nguyen and Mercedes Tang. ...Read More
Texas Releases Rule Drafts, Asks for Comment 10/12/2005
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 160 | 0
Three informal rules to guide the reformation of Texas' workers' compensation system have been posted for comment by the Texas Department of Insurance. The rules cover: -- Medical billing Timeframes: Rules 133.301, 133.302, 133.304, 134.801 ...Read More
Texas DWC Issues HB 7 Progress Report 10/12/2005
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 95 | 0
The Texas Division of Workers' Comp has posted a progress report for its priority rule making under House Bill 7. The division, now within the department of insurance, reported on 26 items in progress on its Web site at http:...Read More
Texas Home Builders Form Purchasing Group 10/12/2005
State: TX | Segment: Business | 161 | 0
Texas Mutual Insurance Co. on Tuesday announced that Texas Home Builders has signed on as a workers' compensation purchasing group. The group, which includes new-home builders in Texas, provides qualifying members with a competitive option for workers' compensation coverage, Texas Mutual sa...Read More
Texas Mutual Charges $1.5 M Fraud by Fair Isaac 10/11/2005
State: TX | Segment: Courts | 481 | 0
Fair Isaac Corp. charges in a lawsuit that Texas Mutual Insurance Co. owes it $1.3 million for bill-review software, but Texas Mutual counters in its own action that Fair Isaac sold it an untested prototype that "failed catastrophically." Both companies are seeking damages in dueling lawsu...Read More
TX 8th: Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable 10/10/2005
State: TX | Segment: Courts | 209 | 0
The Eighth District of the Texas Court of Appeals held that an agreement restricting grievance resolution to a panel of company employees does not constitute a valid arbitration agreement. In the matter of In re Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire, No. 08-05-00112-CV, 09/29/2005, Alfredo Chav...Read More
Thomas Byers Named Exec VP at RTW, Inc. 10/07/2005
State: NA | Segment: People | 134 | 0
RTW, Inc. (Nasdaq:RTWI) announced that it has named Thomas J. Byers as executive vice president, sales and marketing. In this role, Byers will be responsible to build the external sales and marketing structure that supports the long-term strategic plan for Absentia(SM), the services division...Read More
Texas Insurers Want Lower MPN Fees 10/05/2005
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 165 | 0
AUSTIN -- The Insurance Council of Texas has called on the Texas Department of Insurance to amend its proposed regulations on medical provider networks to lower application fees and strengthen provisions against abuse and fraud. ICT released its 16 pages of written comments for changes in...Read More
TX 12th: Pre-Injury Waiver Unenforceable 10/04/2005
State: TX | Segment: Courts | 182 | 0
The Twelfth District of the Texas Court of Appeals ruled that an employee's waiver of rights is void if the waiver is signed before the amendments to Labor Code section 406.033, but the employee's injury occurs after the amendments became effective. In Watts v. Pilgrim's Pride Corp....Read More
Texas Gov. Misses Deadline for Key WC Appointment 10/04/2005
State: TX | Segment: Politics | 185 | 0
Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to announce his choice to head up the new Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) by the Oct. 1 deadline set by the Texas Legislature in workers' compensation reform legislation that Perry signed into law June 1. "We're still working on it," Perry spokesman ...Read More
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