NIOSH Awards 23 Cooperative Agreements To States For Work Injury Surveillance

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced funding for cooperative agreements with 23 states for occupational injury and illness surveillance. The awards include renewals for 14 previously funded state programs, and new awards to nine...

Michele L. Berry on United States v. Maynard and GPS Surveillance: Prolonged Surveillance Equates a Search under the Fourth Amendment

By Michele L. Berry “In United States v. Maynard , 615 F.3d 544 (D.C. Cir. 2010) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals conducted a Fourth Amendment review of the use of a GPS monitoring...

FBI Accused Of Violating Muslims' Rights At Mosque

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Two civil liberties groups have sued the FBI, claiming that one of the agency's former informants was ordered to target Muslims for surveillance when he infiltrated a California mosque. The ACLU of Southern California and the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic...

Appeals Court In NYC Reinstates Wiretaps Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (AP) A lawsuit challenging a law that lets the United States eavesdrop on overseas communications more widely and with less judicial oversight than in the past was reinstated Monday by a federal appeals court that said new rules regarding surveillance had put lawyers, journalists and human...

Government Wants To Keep Secrets In FBI Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - (AP) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has invoked state secrets rules to prevent information from being released in a lawsuit filed by Southern California Muslims who claim the FBI monitored their activities solely because of their religion. In a legal declaration filed late Monday, Holder...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (8/11/2011) – Police Officer Made a Mint Running His Memorabilia Business While On Disability

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud...

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: July to September 2011

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DECISIONS Rowell v. Northeast Kingdom Community Action , Opinion No. 17-11WC (July 8, 2011). Claimant is not entitled to PTD for his February 2007 back injury under the "odd lot" doctrine. Claimant's medical experts testified that his work injury aggravated...

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: July to September 2011

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DECISIONS Rowell v. Northeast Kingdom Community Action , Opinion No. 17-11WC (July 8, 2011). Claimant is not entitled to PTD for his February 2007 back injury under the "odd lot" doctrine. Claimant's medical experts testified that his work injury aggravated a preexisting...

The Case of the Purple Robe…..and a Little “Motion Day Magic” in Delaware

It is good to be back from Alabama. Did I mention that Sweet Caroline is now into sorority recruitment? I didn't do the Greek thing in college.....so this truly is all Greek to me. There is a handbook of rules for Rush Week. Hair must be freshly cut and highlighted. Sorority representatives must...

The Case of the Purple Robe…..and a Little “Motion Day Magic” in Delaware

It is good to be back from Alabama. Did I mention that Sweet Caroline is now into sorority recruitment? I didn't do the Greek thing in college.....so this truly is all Greek to me. There is a handbook of rules for Rush Week. Hair must be freshly cut and highlighted. Sorority representatives must...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Truck Driver Deviated From Employment by Leaving Vehicle to Obtain Object for Purposes of Assaulting Driving Partner

Larson's Spotlight on Deviation From Employment, Unexplained Fall, Physician's Opinion and Videotape Evidence, and Sanctions for Costs. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation...

Aggressive Surveillance of Injured Worker’s Family: Federal Court Says Spouse’s Tort Action Not Barred by Exclusive Remedy Rule

In a diversity action filed by the spouse of an injured worker against the third-party firm administering her husband's workers' compensation claim, a federal district court recently refused to grant the defendant's summary judgment motion, finding the tort action was not barred by the exclusive...

Defining the Scope of the 4th Amendment in a Digital Era

In United States v. Jones [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Supreme Court announced that a warrant is required to track a suspect by attaching a GPS device to the suspect's vehicle, even though the suspects' movements are public and could be fully discovered by simple...

Standing To Challenge FISA's Constitutionality Debated Before High Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 heard arguments on the ability of a group of respondents to challenge the constitutionality of a law that its opponents characterize as "dragnet surveillance" related to the power that it gives the executive branch of the government...

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Standing To Challenge FISA's Constitutionality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 heard arguments on the ability of a group of respondents to challenge the constitutionality of a law that its opponents characterize as "dragnet surveillance" related to the power that it gives the executive branch of the government...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Surveillance Video Rejected When Not Disclosed to Claimant Prior to Testimony

Larson's Spotlight on Surveillance, Workers' Comp Insurance, Retaliatory Discharge, and Reduction of Benefits. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the...

An Ominous Portent for Maryland’s Business Community: Workers’ Compensation Commission Revises Procedural Regulations

By Lance Montour, Esq. It has been some time since the entirety of the regulations governing workers' compensation were reviewed and revised. For a number of years, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission has addressed concerns on an as needed basis. To review all of the presently...

Peter S. Vogel: Opposition To Surveillance Grows

By Peter S. Vogel | An international coalition of more than 300 human rights, privacy organizations, and privacy leaders established policies “that governments must follow to protect human rights in an age of digital surveillance” which has been led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation...

Vermont Workers' Compensation Update: October to December 2013

This list of recent noteworthy cases was compiled by Keith J. Kasper of McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Buchard, PC. VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DECISIONS Nguyen v. Best Foods Baking Co. , Opinion No. 22-13WC (October 2, 2013) Claimant’s ongoing Oxycontin medication regimen...

Non-Profit Public Interest Law Firm Seeks Supreme Court Review After Claiming that the NSA Conducted Illegal Surveillance on Attorney-Client Communications

on January 2, 2014, a petition for writ of certiorari was filed in the United States Supreme Court that claimed that the National Security Agency (NSA) engaged in unlawful, warrantless surveillance in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, 50 USCS prec § 1801 (FISA). ...

President Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms: Key Points For Businesses

By Aravind Swaminathan , Jim Halpert , and Michelle J. Anderson In a speech that garnered worldwide attention, President Barack Obama has announced important reforms in the ways the US government will gather, store, use and retain signals-related information. These changes will quickly affect many...

Privacy Concerns Escalate as Drones Are About to Take-Off

The widely-anticipated commercial deployment of drones piques the interest of critical infrastructure industries, the agricultural sector, and technology companies such as Amazon . Consistent with this commercial interest and its Congressional mandate , the FAA is developing proposed regulations for...

Customer, Not Applicant, Deemed Initial Physical Aggressor Despite Lack of Physical Contact: Cal. Comp. Cases September Advanced Postings (9/11/2014)

Here are the second and third batches of advanced postings for September 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Hanover Insurance Group/Hanover...

Chertoff Ties Visa Waiver Program With Surveillance Tools

"In a recent speech at The Heritage Foundation, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff made the case for continuing the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). On the surface, his speech addressed only why the United States should keep and expand the program. But it did far more. Subtly yet forcefully...

California: Anti-Paparazzi Law Inapplicable in a Workers' Compensation Proceeding

In Duong v. Automobile Club of Southern California , 2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS –, a WCAB panel held that a sub rosa video recorded by the defendant in the parking lot of a mobile home park (where the applicant did not live) and inside an Albertson’s grocery store was admissible and...