Seeking to plug the dike to prevent a deluge of litigation, the WCAB has issued another en banc in the Messele case. Let’s call it Messele Dos. After the recent Messele Uno case, the workers’ comp community has been rife with commentary about whether prior panel QME appointments might have been procedurally invalid and subject

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The issue of pension reform in California is heating up. In various municipalities, efforts are underway to change how public employee pensions are funded. For example, in San Francisco voters are being asked to decide between several plans. Governor Brown has unveiled his plan, which is summarized in this piece in the Sacramento Bee, “Jerry

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It may not turn out to be that big of a deal. But recently there has been a lot of commentary in the comp community on the effects of the recent WCAB Messele en banc decision, known as Tsegay Messele v. Pitco Foods:http://www.dir.ca.gov/wcab/EnBancdecisi … Tsegay.pdf Non-lawyers will find the decision to be of the “how

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Outside my office, the Occupy Oakland tent city is back. Efforts to forcibly evict protesters from Frank Ogawa Plaza created a public relations debacle for Oakland’s mayor and police when a protesting Iraq vet was tear gassed and critically injured by some sort of projectile from police. As I noted in a post last week,

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The California Supreme Court has now rebuffed the City and County of San Francisco’s bid to overturn the Ogilvie case. In a move widely anticipated, the Supreme Court refused to grant review. With S.F. City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s mayoral campaign stumbling and Herrera’s complex litigation deputy attorney Danny Chou’s efforts in Ogilvie being rebuffed, it

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