Commissioner’s Authority, Attorney Fee Award Affirmed

The Second District Court of Appeal says a lower court was correct to deny The Travelers’ challenge of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s authority to find that unfiled side agreements in a workers’ comp program were unenforceable. The court also upheld an attorney fee award to the policyholder that successfully challenged the validity of these disputed … Read More »

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Appeals Court Finds No Exception To Privette Doctrine

The Third District Court of Appeal agrees that a lower court’s summary judgment for the Roseville Moose Lodge in its defense of a negligence claim filed by a contractor’s employee was correct. The court found the Privette doctrine protected the lodge and held the worker failed to show that any of the recognized exceptions to … Read More »

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Appeals Board Ordered To Explain Its “Grant For Study” Procedure

A panel of justices for California’s Second Appellate District is ordering the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) to explain its use of a “grant for study” procedure that can delay the resolution of a workers’ comp applicant’s case by weeks, months, or even years. As of last fall, over 500 cases found themselves caught up … Read More »

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Ninth Circuit Hears Covid Third-Party Liability Case

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal heard oral arguments in a case to overturn a decision that holds the workers’ comp exclusivity provision bars a lawsuit alleging employer liability for the case of Covid-19 contracted by the spouse of an employee. The underlying decision in Kuciemba v. Victory Woodworks is at odds with a recent … Read More »

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