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California Case Law Update 10/31/2014
By: WCC Staff
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1512 | 0
NEW! San Francisco State University v. WCAB (Jones), A141793, (10/22/2014): The California 1st District Court of Appeal has declined a request to publish a September ruling which found that an injured worker was not entitled to a fee award based on amendments to the Labor Code from the passage of...Read More
Crocodile Wrestling 10/20/2014
State: NA | Segment: Top | 596 | 0
At a recent workers’ comp conference in Southern California, Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Commissioner Kathy Zalewski noted that the WCAB commissioners had been doing a bit of “crocodile wrestling” over Dubon. I’ve seen crocodile wrestling in Thailand, a...Read More
Case Law Update: Unexplained Fall 10/01/2014
By: Teague Campbell
State: NC | Segment: Top | 867 | 0
Norlina Philbeck worked as a field interviewer in social sciences research for the University of Michigan. As a part of her job, Philbeck was required to travel from her home in North Carolina to various places along the East Coast to interview potential participants for research studies. On Aug....Read More
Court Rules FedEx Discharged Worker in Retaliation for Not Providing Notice 09/30/2014
By: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 922 | 0
We feel sure this ruling will be appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. In our view, it won’t stop at the district court level and we will have to await the appellate outcome to be sure where it will all go. However, we are certain this ruling “endangers” or calls into qu...Read More
Calling a Dog's Tail a Leg Does not Make it a Leg 09/17/2014
By: Julie Ferguson
State: NA | Segment: Top | 666 | 0
Through the years, we've devoted a few dozen posts about the issue of FedEx and its drivers. Here's the issue in a nutshell: FedEx thinks its ground drivers are independent contractors and the drivers generally disagree. For the 11 years we've been blogging, this issue has bee...Read More
Cross-Examining Shrinks; Leckart's 1st Rule 09/16/2014
By: Dr. Bruce Leckart
State: NA | Segment: Top | 630 | 0
There are many times when plaintiff and applicant attorneys, as well as defense attorneys, believe that a psychologist or a psychiatrist has severely under- or over-estimated a claimant’s psychopathology and/or psychiatric disability. For the past six years I have been assisting attorneys i...Read More
Court Holds Exclusive Remedy Facially Unconstitutional 08/20/2014
By: David Langham
State: NA | Segment: Top | 733 | 0
For some reason, I have found myself thinking of great comedians this week (veiled reference to the loss of one of America's greatest last Sunday). I am always a fan of those that make me laugh. One that came to mind yesterday afternoon is Jim Carrey and his portrayal of the Grinch in Ron How...Read More
CDC Reports: 1st Decline in Overdose Deaths in any State in 10 Years 07/15/2014
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 887 | 0 | Popular with Legal
New reports from the Centers for Disease Control show that progress is possible in the fight against prescription drug misuse and abuse.  Highlights from each of two reports released yesterday: From ...Read More
Compound Medications: A Killer Scam 07/10/2014
State: NA | Segment: | 1167 | 0
Compound drug use is exploding – so much so that Texas has changed their employee benefits program to limit reimbursement to $300.  They didn’t have much choice, as the Te...Read More
COA: At-Home 'General Fitness' Exercise Energy Compensable 07/09/2014
State: CA | Segment: | 625 | 0
Your humble blogger, before he hung out his own proverbial shingle and opened his own literal office, had the privilege of working for another law firm. One requirement of continued employment was a valid California Bar license, and one requirement of a valid California Bar license was keeping up wi...Read More
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