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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The California legislative session will run til August, but by now we can see what bills have stalled out this year. In July I’ll be looking at the major bills which are still alive, but the bills which didn’t progress in 2017 deserve mention and some comment too. Keep in mind that there is always the

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When I saw the news, I felt mixed feelings of sorrow and joy. It was not unexpected, but it has been a long time coming. I’m speaking of large scale attorney indictments for alleged fraud in California workers’ comp. Over the last several years we’ve seen waves of physician and provider indictments involving various schemes

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