The week isn’t yet over, but you may be feeling a bit cranky. You wouldn’t have wanted a $35,000 antique commode with legs, but it galls you to see that former Merrill Lynch chief John Thain spent over a million redecorating his office at a firm bailed out by taxpayers. You’re pissed at sharpsters from

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Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced yesterday a 6% reduction in license fees that are paid by California insurance agents and brokers. Poizner is also reducing the special assessment paid by insurers that is targeted for fighting fraud. How’s that for pandering? California’s budget is billions of dollars in arrears. State employees may be furloughed. Poizner’s

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The applicants attorneys conference in San Diego drew to a close today. In some coming posts I’ll be commenting on some of the nuggets from the CAAA confab. Hold that video? That’s the upshot of today’s interesting presentation by Los Angeles attorney Lawrence I. Stern of Mallery and Stern. Defendants in California workers’ comp frequently

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When most people think of workers’ comp, they think of accidents at work. Occupational diseases due to workplace chemicals and other hazards get less attention. Under the recently departed Bush administration, there was little progress in addressing the hazards of workplace chemicals. I’m happy to see the New York Times piece by Felicity Barringer that’s

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I’m at the winter Applicants Attorney Conference in San Diego. Here’s a live blog on “The Most Important Cases”. I’m paraphrasing some comments as they go along (caution: the following are a selection of the opinions of various panelists and may or may not be accurate or represent a consensus among experienced comp professionals) First

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