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Legislature Approves Higher Attorney Fees; Insurers Warn of Chilling Effect on Settlements 06/28/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: NJ | Segment: Top | 295 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 36 min read
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the legislation four years ago. Now, claimants lawyers are hoping that Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy will sign a measure that would raise attorney fees and would fundamentally change the way insurance carriers make some settlement offers to injured worke...Read More

L&I Offering Grants for Safety, Return-to-Work Projects 06/25/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 260 | 0 | Popular with Insurance | 55 min read
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is accepting applications for annual grants that can be used to develop training courses, purchase equipment or implement strategies to protect workers and make workplaces safer. ...Read More

L&I Plans Meetings to Discuss Premium Rates 06/25/2018
State: WA | Segment: WEST | 253 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 63 min read
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries announced that two advisory committees will discuss possible changes to premium rates later this year, and the department will hold formal rule-making hearings  in October and November to discuss 2019 rate proposals. ...Read More

Lawmaker Seeks to Make Available Public Self-Insurer Data 06/22/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 680 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 79 min read
A Bay Area lawmaker is pushing legislation that would allow the Office of Self-Insurance Plans to release information about self-insurance programs run by public agencies throughout California. ...Read More

Lawyers Concerned After Indictment, New Data on Top-Billing Attorneys 06/22/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: TX | Segment: Top | 1880 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 88 min read
The Texas workers' compensation legal community is abuzz with concern after two major developments: A claimants' attorney was indicted on charges of overbilling and fraudulent billing, and a database released by the state shows other lawyers appear to be billing for an unrealistic number ...Read More

Large Minority of Claims Shops Still Lack URAC Accreditation as Deadline Looms 06/18/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1590 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 55 min read
With a July 1 deadline looming, only 56% of active utilization review organizations in California’s workers’ comp system had obtained URAC accreditation as required under Senate Bill 1160. ...Read More

Longmeyer Testifies That Claims Company Got Contract, Even Though Bid Was Much Higher 06/15/2018
State: KY | Segment: SOUTH | 449 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 11 min read
An Illinois-based company retained a claims-management contract for Kentucky's state employee workers' compensation program, even though its bid was $200,000 higher than another firm's offer, the star witness in a bribery trial testified Wednesday. ...Read More
Liberty Mutual Appoints Waters to Lead National Insurance Specialty Unit 06/14/2018
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 512 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 41 min read
Liberty Mutual has appointed Matt Waters as chief underwriting officer and senior vice president to its National Insurance Specialty unit. He will be responsible for primary and excess products sold to large and mid-sized construction and energy companies. ...Read More

Lobbyist on Trial for Allegedly Bribing Official on WC Claims Management Contract 06/13/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: KY | Segment: Top | 373 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 8 min read
A jailed state official is set to testify today against a lobbyist who, prosecutors say, spent thousands of dollars in bribes to win a claims management contract for Kentucky state government's public-employee workers' compensation program. ...Read More

LASIE Sets Legislative Review Forum for July 11 06/05/2018
State: LA | Segment: SOUTH | 138 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
The Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers will host an open forum and legislative review July 11 at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge. ...Read More
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