Now we know that the California Supreme Court will not be granting review of the Court of Appeals decision in Frances Stevens v. Outspoken Enterprises. The issue regarding the constitutionality of the California Independent Medical Review system is still in play, with the pending Zuniga case and the Ramirez case out of the Sacramento-based Court of

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Like a giant bear hibernating through winter, California’s workers’ comp system is in a relatively quiet phase. Yet there’s always notable stuff happening. For example, despite the fact that in Frances Stevens v.Outspoken Enterprises one panel of the California Court of Appeal, First District upheld the constitutionality of IMR, another panel at that court (Division

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Several days ago the California Workers’ Compensation Institute unveiled a new study on medical-legal costs in California. Those are the costs of evaluations, reports and testimony of forensic doctors in California workers’ comp cases as contrasted to payments made for treatment. I’m scheduled to speak in Oakland a March 2016 CWCI conference, and I’m sure

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