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TX 14th: Early Termination Not Retaliatory 11/07/2005
State: TX | Segment: Courts | 187 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 23 min read
The Fourteenth District of the Texas Court of Appeals ruled that terminating an employee one day early is not sufficient evidence of a retaliatory motive. In English v. Dillard Dep't Stores, Inc., No. 14-04-00197-CV, 11/03/2005, Jake English, a delivery driver for Dillard Department...Read More
Texas Commissioner Signs First HB 7 Rules 11/07/2005
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 435 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Texas Workers' Compensation Commissioner Albert Betts last week signed the first rules to be adopted to implement provisions of House Bill 7, the reform measure signed into law on June 1. Betts announced Friday that he signed emergency rules that address timeframes for medical billing, medi...Read More
Transatlantic Puts Wilma Payout at $100M 11/04/2005
State: NA | Segment: Business | 96 | 0
Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRH) announced that its preliminary estimate of pre-tax cost, net of reinsurance, related to Hurricane Wilma approximates $100 million, or $65 million on an after-tax basis for the full year of 2005. TRH's losses from Hurricane Wilma are expected principa...Read More
TDI Releases Proposed Research Agenda 11/03/2005
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 412 | 0
Creating report cards for medical provider networks and surveying injured workers about access to care would be among the top research goals for workers' compensation regulators in Texas, under a proposal released by the Department of Insurance on Wednesday. The TDI's Workers' Compensation ...Read More
TX 10th: Peer Review Comments Not Defamatory 11/01/2005
State: TX | Segment: Courts | 86 | 0
The Tenth District of the Texas Court of Appeals ruled that negative comments made in a workers' compensation peer review are not libelous per se. In Morris v. Blanchette, No. 10-05-00017-CV, 10/26/2005, Dr. Morris treated Lawrence Davis for an industrial back injury. Dr. Morris pr...Read More
TX 13th: Valid Discipline Is Not Malicious 11/01/2005
State: TX | Segment: Courts | 253 | 0
The Thirteenth District of the Texas Court of Appeals ruled that valid employee discipline does not constitute malice so as to support a punitive damages award. In Celanese Ltd. v. Skrabanek, No. 13-04-015-CV, 10/27/2005, Victor Skrabanek, a Celanese Ltd. employee, was placed on a o...Read More
Texas Medical EDI Meeting Schedule 11/01/2005
State: TX | Segment: Events | 69 | 0
Texas Department of Insurance posted its 837 Medical EDI meeting schedule through Dec. 1. All meetings are one hour and begin at 10 a.m. There is no meeting during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 21-25. Meetings are planned for: *Thursday, Nov. 3 *Wednesday, Nov. 9 *Thursday...Read More
Transatlantic Reports $144M Loss in Third Quarter 11/01/2005
State: NA | Segment: Business | 83 | 0
Transatlantic Holdings Inc. reported that its net loss for the third quarter of 2005 amounted to $144.2 million, or $2.19 per common diluted share, compared to a net loss of $21.8 million, or 33 cents per diluted common share in the same prior year quarter. Net income for the first nine ...Read More
Texas Hits Lloyd's Co. With $1M Penalty 10/31/2005
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 174 | 0
Allstate Texas Lloyd's was recently found to have overcharged its customers in violation of the law and was handed a $1 million penalty from the state insurance commissioner. Commissioner Mike Geeslin announced the enforcement action last week in a roundup of license revocations and fines ...Read More
Texas DWC Posts Four New Sets of Regs 10/31/2005
State: TX | Segment: Regulatory | 133 | 0
The Texas Division of Workers' Compensation announced Friday it has posted four sets of proposed regulations on its Web site for initial public comment before the agency submits a formal proposal to begin the official rule making process. The regulations would govern peer review doctor requ...Read More
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