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Risk & Insurance - A domestic employee is not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Louisiana. The fact that she is paid by an entity rather than the couple who hired her does not change her eligibility for benefits.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Insurance Journal - California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced a number of fee reductions resulting in $10.3 million in annual savings, including a 6 percent fee reduction for more than 300,000 licensed insurance agents, brokers and adjusters. "It’s important for government to operate as efficiently as possible -- and this is especially true in tough economic times.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
National Underwriter - Two insurance groups lobbying against federal regulation of insurance said they have e-mailed members of Congress opposing the creation of an Office of Insurance Information within the Treasury and a third group said it has written President Obama supporting continued state regulation.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Risk & Insurance - Where the circumstances surrounding an employee’s alleged injury are suspicious, including the fact that he left for vacation shortly after the claimed injury, the commission may reasonably reject his version of events and deny workers’ compensation benefits. It is the employee’s burden to prove that a work-related injury in fact occurred.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Business Insurance - West Virginia tops the American Tort Reform Foundation’s 2008/2009 list of "Judicial Hellholes," according to a report issued Tuesday. The Washington-based civil justice reform group defines "judicial hellholes" as jurisdictions where judges "systematically apply laws and court procedures in an inequitable manner, generally against defendants in civil lawsuits."
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Risk & Insurance - The Tennessee Supreme Court, Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel upheld the trial court’s finding that the claimant’s injury, sustained while she was returning home from receiving medical treatment for a compensable work injury, was likewise compensable.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Business Insurance - Employers can’t deny permanent total disability benefits for illegal immigrants on the basis that their immigration status would prevent them working in the United States legally, a state appeals court ruled.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Insurance Journal - Texas State District Court Judge Tracy Holmes has sentenced former insurance company employee Brenda Buckaloo-Merchant to twelve years in prison, the Texas Department of Insurance reported. Buckaloo-Merchant had previously pleaded guilty to a first degree felony -- the theft of $1,208,316 while working as an adjuster for Unitrin Business Insurance Company of Dallas.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today took new steps toward improving standards and setting uniform requirements for medical examiners, while also finalizing a streamlined process for combining the commercial drivers license (CDL) and medical certificate records for commercial truck and bus drivers operating on the nation’s roads.
Friday, December 05, 2008 - Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today announced that two Southern California men have been charged with conspiring to defraud the State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund) of more than $18 million. David Zahler, 52, of Huntington Beach, and David Tai, 66, of Hacienda Heights, surrendered to police on November 26, following a two and a half year CDI investigation.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
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