In any large industry, there are temptations to cut corners. Workers’ comp is no exception. Among those who may be tempted are some medical providers. Today a 181 page indictment was announced in Orange County. Prosecutors have charged Newport Beach radiologist Dr. Sim Carlisle Hoffman with alleged $17 million in workers’ comp fraud. Other alleged

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Among the state boards and commissions on Governor Brown’s chopping block are the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, aka the Cal-OSHA Standards Board. I’m no Cal-OSHA expert, but I checked in with a source with extensive experience in OSHA matters to learn what this would mean. Here

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, full of bravado, threatened to “blow up boxes” in Sacramento. Tomorrow, with his budget revise, Governor Brown will outline plans to do just that. Partly it’s a function of the looming chaos in Sacramento, where the way forward out of the budget mess is murky. And perhaps it’s also a function of a

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As a lawyer representing injured workers’ I’ve met all kinds of colleagues over the years. Some of my colleagues came to the practice after being union organizers, social workers, criminal defense attorneys, union-side labor lawyers, or court reporters. Some did comp insurance defense work, tired of it, and decided to help workers. Some, like me,

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Perhaps this year is the year. During the Schwarzenegger years, the governor repeatedly vetoed bills that would have outlawed discrimination in apportionment determinations in workers’ comp. That anti-discrimination concept, currently embodied in AB 1155, may well face a better fate during the Brown years. Today the bill passed out of the California Assembly on a

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