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Farmers Credits 10.5% Rate Reduction to Reforms 08/31/2005
State: OK | Segment: Business | 66 | 0
The Farmers Insurance Group on Tuesday announced a 10.5% reduction in workers' compensation rates for its Oklahoma business customers due to an "improving insurance marketplace." The decrease applies to new customers, "in-force" or existing customers and customers who renew their polic...Read More
FL 1st: Evidence Can't Be Excluded Based on Per-se Rule 08/30/2005
State: FL | Segment: Courts | 102 | 0
The First District of the Florida Court of Appeals ruled that surveillance evidence should be excluded for untimeliness only if there is actual prejudice to the opposing party. In Medical Logistics, Inc. v. Marchines, No. 1D04-1367, 08/29/2005, in John Marchines's compensation heari...Read More
Five Tampa-Area Clinic Owners Arrested 08/29/2005
State: FL | Segment: Fraud | 374 | 0
Five Tampa-area clinic owners were arrested Friday and a sixth was wanted for "selling" patients to diagnostic facilities that billed insurers thousands of dollars, according to Florida's insurance chief. "This crime costs Florida's hardworking families every time they pay their insurance ...Read More
Fla. Posts Minor Changes to Medical Billing Rules 08/29/2005
State: FL | Segment: Regulatory | 98 | 0
The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation has issued a second notice of change to a proposed regulation that governs medical service billing. The division made some minor modifications to its proposed amendments to Rule No. 69L-7.602 of the Florida Administrative Code after a July 11 17...Read More
Feds Cut 9/11 Responder Medical Program 08/29/2005
State: NY | Segment: Politics | 145 | 0
U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) has asked Bush Administration officials to explain why a federal program to monitor the medical conditions of 9/11 rescue and cleanup workers was quietly terminated in 2003. The program, funded by a $3.7 million grant from the Federal Emergency Man...Read More
Former Aon CEO Selling Stock 08/29/2005
State: NA | Segment: Business | 106 | 0
Former Aon Corp. CEO Patrick G. Ryan announced Friday that he is selling 5 million shares, worth $146 million, of the 26 million shares he had acquired as head of the company. The Reuters news service said Ryan had been chief executive of Chicago-based Aon since 1982. He stepped down in Jun...Read More
Fatal Industrial Accidents Drop 10% in Texas 08/29/2005
State: TX | Segment: Safety | 172 | 0
AUSTIN -- Workplace fatalities in Texas dropped to 440 in 2004, down 10% from 2003, the Texas Workers Compensation Commission (TWCC) reported Friday (Aug. 26), but a spokesman for the Texas AFL-CIO isn't sure the numbers accurately reflect the number of workplace deaths in the state. The...Read More
First-Half Earnings Dropped at Swiss Re 08/26/2005
State: Natl. | Segment: Business | 65 | 0
Swiss Re announced a group profit of $1.07 billion for the first half of 2005, a 6% decline compared to earnings for the same period last year. The world's second largest reinsurer indicated that its dedication to "underwriting profitability" was the principle reason for the decline....Read More
Four Penn. Employers Sentenced for No Comp 08/26/2005
State: PA | Segment: Other | 205 | 0
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry on Thursday announced sentences were handed down to four employers for failing to keep workers' compensation coverage on employees. Judge Linda K.M. Ludgate sentenced Pheezk Inc., owned by Amad Mahmood of West Reading, in the Berks County Cour...Read More
FL 4th: Intentional Harm Precludes Immunity 08/25/2005
State: FL | Segment: Courts | 102 | 0
The Fourth District of the Florida Court of Appeals ruled that immunity does not apply to an employer/carrier's intentionally harmful actions. In Protegrity Servs., Inc. v. Vaccaro, No. 4D04-2210, 08/24/2005, Julie Vaccaro was injured and disabled in a compensable accident, and, su...Read More
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