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A DJ is a Sometime Thing: In Declaratory Judgment Actions Over Coverage, the Sixth Circuit Gives Trial Courts a Wide Berth

The Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201, gives federal district courts “unique and substantial discretion” over whether to hear suits seeking a declaration of rights. Wilton v. Seven Falls Co., 515 U.S. 277, 286...more

Global HR Hot Topic—December 2014: Overseas Business Travel Liability and the Duty of Care in Times of Ebola

As of late 2014, the United States faced no Ebola pandemic whatsoever. The odds of catching Ebola in an American workplace remained statistically zero. Only a handful of Ebola cases had made their way to the United States,...more

2015 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

The California Legislature enacted a number of new bills that become effective in 2015. Among the most significant are the following...more

An Employer Who Didn't Bother To Get Workers' Compensation Insurance

When an injured employee discovered his employer, Hilton Head Housecare, didn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, the North Carolina Industrial Commission fined the company and owner, ordered them to pay the employee the...more

Do workers' compensation claims pay for pain and suffering?

One of the trade-offs in workers’ compensation is that you receive no direct payment for pain and suffering. You’ve undoubtedly heard this phrase being used in the context of people who bring lawsuits for auto accidents,...more

Violation of OSHA Standards Now More Costly in Wisconsin

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court resolved its first case of the year. It affirmed, by an equally divided court, the published opinion of the court of appeals in Sohn v. LIRC, 350 Wis. 2d 469. The Wisconsin Court of...more

U.S. District Court Judge Bars Plaintiff’s Individual Disability Claims in Their Entirety by Application of the Doctrine of...

In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying the doctrine of collateral estoppel, a judge adopted the Report and Recommendation of her magistrate judge and granted an individual disability insurer summary judgment on its...more

Washington Supreme Court Ratifies Employer Immunity for Asbestos Exposure

The Washington Supreme Court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer defending an asbestos lawsuit brought by a former employee. In Walston v. Boeing Co., No. 88511-7 (September 18, 2014), the Supreme...more

Village of Posen’s Rough Day in Court: The Perils of Challenging an Arbitration Award

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed an arbitrator’s decision to fully reinstate a police officer terminated for cashing workers’ compensation checks while also receiving full disability pay during recovery from an...more

Construction Case Law Update - October 2014

Applying the Ameris factors, the Middle District of Florida abstained from and dismissed indemnitor’s declaratory judgment action to determine indemnity provision’s (1) scope, (2) duty to defend against third-party...more

Owner/developer was not responsible for civil damages sustained in a workplace incident 20 years ago

Over 20 years after a workplace incident that seriously injured a worker, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has dismissed the worker’s civil action against a developer. The worker had been working on a rooftop of a...more

Ohio BWC Agrees to Settle Class Action Lawsuit for Overcharging Employers

Business owners who may be eligible to share in a $420 million class action settlement over inflated premiums charged by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation have until Oct. 22 to submit a claim form....more

No Workers' Comp Immunity! No Insurance! Sure Is a Problem

In many states, workers’ compensation benefits are ordinarily the exclusive remedy for an employee injured or killed on the job. In exchange for these benefits, often awarded on a “no fault” basis, the employee generally...more

Florida Court finds Workers' Compensation Statute Unconstitutional

Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida has found that Section 440.11 of Florida's Workers' Compensation Act (the "Act"), which makes the Act the "exclusive" remedy...more

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: CMS Guidelines Amended to Accept WCB Settlement Determination of MSA Amount After Hearing on...

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) update to its Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Arrangement Reference Guide provides authority by which CMS will now recognize and defer to a Workers'...more

Effective July 1, 2014: New Tennessee Laws

New Tennessee laws took effect on July 1, 2014, including changes to the workers' compensation system, caps on damages in suits under the State's statutory employment discrimination laws, and protections for employers hiring...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether State Treasurer Needs an Appeal Bond to Challenge Workers Comp Award

Although Illinois courts are courts of general jurisdiction presumed to have subject matter jurisdiction, this presumption doesn’t apply to workers’ compensation proceedings. Pursuant to Section 19(f)(2) of the Workers’...more

San Allen Decision on Ohio BWC Group Rating Affirms Trial Court

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s appeal of a Cuyahoga County judge’s decision awarding $860 Million in damages to a class of employers has been rejected by the Court of Appeals. “Reduced to its irreducible essence,...more

Equity – Establishing the Elements of Equitable Tolling and Equitable Estoppel

Linda Hopkins v. Jurek Kedzierski as Trustee, etc., et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (April 16, 2014) - Under the principle of equitable tolling, a statute of limitations will not bar a claim...more

Arbitration Clause In Agreement Between Insured And Reinsurer Held Invalid Under Nebraska Law

A federal district court has held an arbitration clause in a Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA) between an insured and a reinsurer invalid and unenforceable under governing state law. The RPA complemented a standing...more

U.S. Tax Court Decision Shows Importance of Carefully Drafting Settlement Agreements

In Sharp v. Commissioner, the United States Tax Court once again demonstrated the importance of carefully crafting settlement agreements and reaffirmed that emotional distress damages are taxable income to the recipient....more

New York’s Highest Court Reverses Itself on Prior Damages-Limiting Decision

In the first Maria Auqui v. Seven Thirty One Limited Partnership et al. (Auqui) decision earlier this year (February 14, 2013), the Court of Appeals held that when a Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) decision sets forth the...more

Part 3 of 3: Biggest Disadvantage to “Opting Out” of Texas Workers’ Compensation System

The biggest reason most employers elect to provide workers’ compensation benefits is to avoid the risk of litigation. An employer who provides workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers cannot be sued by the employee...more

Indiana Court Clarifies Rights of Volunteer to Bring Claim Outside of Worker’s Compensation & Reach of Equine Activity Statute

This week we examine the issues of whether a volunteer who accepts medical benefits under a worker's compensation policy is bound to the Indiana Worker's Compensation Act for exclusive recovery. We also examine the Indiana...more

Arbitrator May Not Award Damages For Workplace Injury Where Worker Entitled To WSIB Benefits

An employee who was entitled to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits for a workplace injury could not also obtain damages through arbitration, a labour arbitrator has decided. ...more

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