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Getting to “Yes”!

In their book, “Getting to YES, Negotiating Agreement without Giving In,” Roger Fisher and William Ury discuss alternatives to positional negotiating. It is a must read for all mediators and a strongly suggested read for any...more

Permanent Light Duty Not Required Under ADA

Employers frequently offer light duty work as a means for injured employees to return to their regular job duties. Light duty is typically associated with employees with Workers’ Compensation related injuries. ...more

Several New Worker's Compensation Provisions Favorable to Wisconsin Employers

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law several new employer-friendly 2016 amendments to the state’s Worker’s Compensation Act. In addition to cutting the statute of limitations for traumatic injury claims in half,...more

Workers' Comp Plaintiff Attorneys Might Be Getting a Bigger Payday in Florida

On April 20, 2016, the 1st District Court of Appeals fired the most significant shot in years at controversial attorney fee restrictions in Florida. In 2003, the Florida State Workers' Compensation Statute placed strict...more

Is Your Workers Compensation Program Unlawful?

A popular workers compensation insurance program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (Applied Underwriters) and California Insurance Company may be in trouble. On...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19480 - McCullough v. Swan Engraving, Inc. - This case determined that when a husband had already filed a claim for disability benefit in a timely fashion under the Worker’s...more

CIGA Avoids C&R Lien Obligation At Expense of Co-Defendant

On March 22, 2016, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division One, published its opinion in California Insurance Guarantee Assn. v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd., No. B263869, Cal.App.4th, in which it determined that the WCAB...more

Dempsey v. Bagley, 2016 ABQB 124 - Lessors of Vehicles Still Vulnerable Under Workers Compensation Act

There were two motor vehicle accidents in the summer of 2006. The plaintiffs and the defendants involved in the accidents were employees of Brinks Canada Limited (“Brinks”). The vehicles in question were owned by PHH...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules In Favor Of Equitable Contribution

Wiggin and Dana successfully represented the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania (ISOP) in a recent case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirming insurers' rights to equitable contribution from...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Approves Equitable Contribution Among Co-Insurers And Rejects “Selective Tender Rule”

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently rejected the application of the “Selective Tender Rule” as against Massachusetts law and public policy. On a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rejects "Selective Tender Rule" As Exception to Doctrine of Equitable Contribution Among...

On Monday, March 7, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) rejected the “selective tender rule” as contrary to Massachusetts insurance law and sound public policy in Insurance Company of the State of...more

ERISA: Sixth Circuit — No Conflict of Interest with Multi-Employer Benefit Plan, Saving Abuse of Discretion Standard of Review

You already know that evidence of a “conflict of interest” can change the standard of review the court applies in ERISA claims. But proper structuring of multi-employer benefit plans can avoid an inherent conflict of...more

Article: Southern District Decision Confirms Breadth of Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

The Southern District of New York in the recent Ames decision engaged in a detailed analysis of the contours of bankruptcy-court jurisdiction and found it broadly included a wide array of state law claims (notwithstanding the...more

RLA “Minor Dispute” Preemption Alive and Well As a Potential Defense in State Court

An Illinois state appellate court recently confirmed that Railway Labor Act “minor dispute” preemption is alive and well as a potential defense to state-law retaliatory discharge claims. The case, Hughes v. United Airlines,...more

Two Claimants, One Check: A Common Maneuver That Can Get You Sued…Again

In 2009, Javier Escobar was injured in an auto accident that caused him to undergo extensive medical care at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center - a hospital owned and operated by the County of Santa Clara (the “County”)....more

Florida’s Workers’ Comp System Goes Back to the Future . . . at the Expense of Your Premiums

On April 16, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court will hear another in a long line of cases brought by plaintiffs’ lawyers trying to turn the clock back on Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law. Before 2003, employers in Florida had...more

Risks In Being A Joint Employer

Joint employment of one worker by two businesses can create risks of liability for both employers in a variety of ways. Both businesses may be liable, for example, on claims for employment discrimination and/or violations of...more

A Change in Direction for Change in Condition?

On January 20, 2016, the South Carolina Court of Appeals handed down its opinion in Russell v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2016 WL 231216, and held that claimant is not required to prove a change of condition by objective...more

California Court Of Appeal Issues A Utilization Review Determination To Watch

The Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal issued its determination in a dispute over utilization review in its opinion of January 5, 2016, Kirk King et al. v. CompPartners, Inc. et al, 2016 S. O. S. In...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Retaliation Claims Difficult to Defend

A recent judgment in the United States District Court in Connecticut of over Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($502,402.05) illustrates the difficulties involved in defending retaliation claims. Summerlin v. Almost Family, Inc.,...more

Texas Supreme Court Vindicates Employer That Uniformly Enforced its Leave Policy

On December 4, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court vacated a jury verdict in favor of a former employee who had alleged workers’ compensation retaliation, rendering judgment in favor of the employer and finding that the employee...more

Interplay Between Texas Workers' Compensation Law and Federal Family Medical Leave Act: Texas Supreme Court Addresses Impact of...

On December 4, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court provided significant guidance for employers by clarifying the relationship between the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act and the federal Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") in...more

Fraud conviction for worker who collected workers’ compensation benefits after returning to job

A Saskatchewan labourer has pleaded guilty to fraud after having been caught collecting workers compensation benefits following his return to work. He has also been ordered to reimburse the Saskatchewan Workers’...more

Georgia Supreme Court Interprets the Apportionment Statute in Conjunction with the Workers' Compensation Act

This month, the Georgia Supreme Court further extended the reach of the Georgia law addressing the apportionment of liability in tort cases in the case of Walker, et al. v. Tensor Machinery, et al. The Court had recently...more

Workers’ Compensation Mediation – What Employers Need to Know

The costs of civil litigation, and uncertainties of a jury trial, have turned mediation into its own cottage industry. Now more than ever, parties involved in civil suits will voluntarily agree to mediate the dispute, with...more

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