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Judges Gone Wild! 02/23/2010
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: | 310 | 0
By Eugene KeefeWe try to tell our readers the problems with Illinois’ workers’ compensation system is a byproduct of the overall bias in the courts in dealing with the personal injury system. We like to call the workers’ comp system the “red-headed step-child&rdqu...Read More
JCC Can Deny Fee Petition that 'Shocks Judicial Conscience' 02/03/2010
By: Michael Rabinowitz
State: FL | Segment: | 393 | 0
By Michael RabinowitzDuring the Christmas holiday week, I missed an attorney fee ruling where the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal handed down harsh language regarding “excessive and unconscionable” claimant attorney fees. In particular, the concurring opinion of Chief Ju...Read More
Joint and Several Bust 12/23/2009
State: NA | Segment: | 984 | 0
By Jon CoppelmanBack in June we blogged the failure of several self-insurance groups (SIGs) in New York, all run by Compensation Risk Managers (CRM). There was bad news all around: participants in CRM SIGs were suddenly without coverage; and participants in other (non-CRM) SIGs were hit ...Read More
JCCs Have Discretion to Overturn Settlement Agreements 09/30/2008
State: FL | Segment: | 491 | 0
By David McCranieIn <i>Sanders v. City of Orlando</i>, decided on Sept. 25, the Florida Supreme Court has held 5-2 that the judges of compensation claims do have jurisdiction to vacate or set aside lump-sum settlement agreements which had previously been entered into pursuant...Read More
Judicial Bias Issue Belongs on Afternoon Soap Operas 10/07/2006
State: CA | Segment: | 332 | 0
By Jake Jacobsmeyer The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board issued a new "Significant Panel Decision" on a rather unusual and hopefully very limited issue that looks like it belongs on the afternoon soap operas rather than the WCAB The issue has to do with the ability of a law firm to ch...Read More
Joint & Several Liability Eliminated in Florida 05/20/2006
State: CA | Segment: | 662 | 0
On April 26, 2006 the Governor of Florida signed House Bill 145 into law. Florida Statute Section 768.81 has been amended eliminating the doctrine of joint and several liability for economic damages in tort cases accruing after April 26, 2006. All damages are now to be apportioned on the basis of ...Read More
Job Changing, Again, for California AMEs 12/03/2005
By: Bill Zachry
State: CA | Segment: | 275 | 0
by Bill Zachry In the past, new legislation and regulations forced Agreed Medical Evaluators (AMEs) to acquire new knowledge, skills and responsibilities. With the passage of SB 899, which instituted the use of evidence-based medicine, objective standards for measuring permanent impairment ...Read More
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