What will the California workers’ comp drug formulary look like? We didn’t get an answer by July 1, 2017, the date mandated by AB 1124, passed in 2015. But the DWC is making strides in putting the formulary in place. Stakeholders with an interest in this will probably want to pay close attention, as the

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Months race by, so now it is time to take stock of California workers’ comp after the 2017 half-way mark. What stands out? Below, in no particular order, are my picks for the most significant topics in California workers’ comp during the first half of 2017. Most of these were discussed in my blog as the

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A recent California Court of Appeals decision deals with the issue of how and when an insurance carrier can rescind a workers’ compensation policy. Studies prepared for CHSWC have shown that California is plagued with a large amount of employer premium fraud (see link at the end of this post). Sometimes it may be the hiding

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Legal battles over apportionment are one of the staples of workers’ comp disputes. And certain cases are important enough and sufficiently well known  to make it into the California workers’ comp pantheon. Escobedo….Benson….Brodie….and now Hikida? The case is Maureen Hikida v. WCAB (Costco), a June 2017 opinion from the California Court of Appeal Second District,

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Mike Laughlin has passed away. Mike retired a few years ago, but was one of the leading California workers’ comp defense attorneys for decades. Earlier in his career he practiced in San Francisco with the firm Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold. Around 1985 he and and a number of his partners left and formed Laughlin, Falbo,

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