California Department Prevails In Key Court Battle

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steven Gevercer issued a strong rebuke to State Compensation Insurance Fund in rejecting its efforts to force Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and special counsel Bryant Henley, a key advisor, to sit for depositions. Judge Gevercer also rebuked CDI and the lawyers for the company at the heart of the controversy. The … Read More »

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Will There Be Depositions Of Lara & Henley?

The question is, will Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and special counsel Bryant Henley be forced to submit to depositions concerning their representations and intentions during settlement negotiations with the State Compensation Insurance Fund? The industry will soon find out. The State Fund and the California Department of Insurance are headed back to court this week … Read More »

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Court Limits CDI’s Authority In Contract Disputes

The Fourth District Court of Appeal says the California Department of Insurance’s administrative law judges and Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara do not have the authority to decide breach of contract disputes through the administrative hearing process. The decision came in a 12-year-old premium audit case, but observers say the findings apply broadly to the common … Read More »

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State Fund Wins One in Fight with CDI

The State Compensation Insurance Fund is getting its wish.  A court will hear its contention that its tiered rating system algorithm was appropriately filed with the California Department of Insurance. State Fund convinced the court to reject requests by the CDI and an employer to deny State Fund’s petition– but just barely. The case affects … Read More »

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