News Digest 8-9-2019

Quote of the day

“I appreciate Judge Larsen’s analysis of the law. It’s the recommended analysis that I’ve wanted the Commissioner to adopt for some time now.”

Larry Lichtenegger, attorney

Workers’ Comp Executive


Flash: Another ALJ Rejects Lara’s Interference

Ricardo ‘Big Toddler’ Lara spanked by Administrative Law Judges in another Applied Underwriters’ case. Get the dope (and some enlightenment). Workers’ Comp Executive


Pennsylvania fines insurer over workers’ compensation filing

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has fined a Pittsburgh-based insurer $145,000 for a filing error involving a former subsidiary that resulted in companies being overcharged on workers’ compensation premiums. The state cited both parties for insufficient internal controls. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Family charged with using man’s workers’ comp in casino, salons

Police say $60,000 in fundraiser money and workers’ compensation meant for a Pennsylvania man, who was critically injured after falling off a garbage truck more than a year ago, was stolen by the man’s family. Bank staff noted the money was being used at a casino and for tanning and nail salons. Fox56 (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) [with video]


Defamation trial delayed due to near doubling of damages

A defamation suit against a trucking company has been delayed because the estimate of lost wages nearly doubled. The plaintiff claims the company improperly terminated him due to a second defendant’s assertion that the plaintiff had filed a false workers’ compensation claim. The lawsuit claims the statement was false because the claim was based on an injury that occurred in the course of employment. Madison – St. Clair Record


Arizona postal worker cooks steak on dash to highlight ‘inhumane’ conditions

A United States Postal Service letter carrier in Arizona cooked a steak to medium in about two and a half hours in his truck. The experiment was made public by a state representative in a letter to the U.S. Postal Service, Fed-OSHA and postal workers/letter carriers unions. [with video]