A couple of developments in the last few days worth noting(from afar: I’m in Guandong province, China, but more on that later). In LA County Superior court the trial judge ruled in favor of the insurers in a suit brought by the “new” Albertson’s. At issue is the interpretation of excess policy coverage and what

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Readers of my last post know that I’ll currently in Indo-China. Northwest Cambodia, specifically, at the moment. Looking across the Pacific, the past week seems to have been a sleepy one in California workers’comp. The biggest development is that the California Court of Appeal 1st District has agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the

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Today (January 17) the DWC will be holding hearings in Oakland on proposed revisions to the QME regs. The hearing is slated to begin at 10 am in the auditorium of the Elihu Harris State Building. Changes in the QME regs are being watched closely by all major workers’comp stakeholders. Under current law, QMEs wield

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Gov. Schwarzenegger announced three appointments to the WCAB yesterday. Re-appointed (as I predicted) were James Cuneo and Frank Brass. Cuneo and Brass have been in the majority in most of the WCAB’s decisions over the past several years. It’s a board that, in close cases, has given the nod toward the insurance industry position (citing

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2007 was a tough year for SCIF. 2008 promises to be a year of change for SCIF as well. SCIF. It’s California’s largest workers’ comp insurer, the quasi-public State Compensation Insurance Fund. SCIF competes with other carriers in the market. SCIF’s market share has dived over the past few years from roughly half of the

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