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Comfort & Joy, Part II: DE Supreme Court Delivers Gift in Section 2311 Contractor Case
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

I heard from Bob Richter, as well as John Ellis, on Thanksgiving Eve, and you have them to thank for today's post. As Bob succinctly offers: Cassandra, The Supreme Court affirmed. I am delighted. Happy Thanksgiving. The issue: For this... Read More

Everybody Loves Raymond…….. and Delaware Superior Court Ruling Allows IAB to Bypass Utilization Review
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Okay, this one is a big deal, folks, a procedural lollapalooza, with props to both Mike Galbraith and Dennis Menton who heralded the Superior Court appellate decision as it was released by the Court. Allow me to simply introduce Mike's comments and... Read More

Cody Varnes, the Sequel…..and a Whole Lotta Nothin’ at the Delaware IAB
Posted on 24 Oct 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

This was sent to me by defense counsel (and fashion icon) Paula Witherow. I wanted her commentary on our cases du jour, but all I got was a copy of two decisions in the case of Cody Varnes v. Diamond State Mechanical . Paula is not one to boast, but boast... Read More

Better Late Than Never? Not in this DE Superior Court Appeal Upholding the Statute of Limitations
Posted on 31 Jan 2013 by Cassandra Roberts

All hail John Morgan and Anthony Delcollo of Heckler & Frabizzio. They won at the Board and they won on appeal. Murphy v. Allen Family Foods , 12A-02-007, (Del. Super.) J. Brady, 1/23/2013 . The issue is, where a claimant files a DCD Petition, withdraws... Read More

Walks on Water? A Parable About Surgery From the Delaware IAB
Posted on 6 Sep 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Okay, so the ridiculously cute kids pictured above are Daniel and Juliette Kimmel, Larry's kids. This case has nothing to do with Larry.....the kids are just THAT cute that they deserve to be enjoyed by everyone, and the beach pics are an apt salute... Read More

Twice Blessed……and Two Spinal Cord Stimulator Cases From the First State
Posted on 2 Oct 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Above is a picture of Keri Morris' twins Madison Rose and Landon. They were recently in a wedding and don't they look cute enough to be the cake topper? Every time I look at this pic, it tickles me how the little guy has a cheese cracker in his... Read More

God Rest Ye Merry? Well, Not So Much in This Delaware Superior Court Ruling on Provider Certification
Posted on 28 Nov 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Above is my firstborn, Jocelyn, ringing the bell at the Prices Corner Wal-Mart. I am one partial Mama Bear but don't you agree she is the prettiest bell-ringer you have ever seen. Interestingly, this picture will likely make my other girl, Sweet Caroline... Read More

Less is More—A Study in Comparative Permanency Ratings in Delaware
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

First and foremost, please enjoy (above) the view of our new offices. A whole lotta white marble going on, and it's a look I can get used to. In fact, I am kind of coveting the white marble conference room tables as something that would really have... Read More

The Second Time Around….and a DE Ruling on Average Weekly Wage and Incarceration
Posted on 13 Sep 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Love is lovelier, the second time around Just as wonderful, with both feet on the ground It's that second time you hear your love song sung Makes you think perhaps that love, like youth, is wasted on the young [Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak... Read More

Put the Knife Back in the Butcher Block, Please – Another Ditty About Surgery at the Delaware IAB
Posted on 20 Sep 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

As Susan Hauske might say, defense lawyers we are on a roll. Susan was prompted to share the ruling du jour in light of my recent (9/6/12) post titled Walks on Water? , a discussion of a recent ruling in which surgery was denied, a rare occurrence here... Read More

Kangaroo Court: How Would Delaware Handle the Australian Hotel Sex Romp Case?
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Today we are going to talk about the goings on elsewhere in the wacky world of comp. It is oddly appropriate that the week I joined the Linked In Work Comp Analysis Group, I stepped into the midst of a case that has garnered national attention. I would... Read More

The Bid Day Post….And a Moment of Wonderment as the Delaware IAB Rules That UR - Certified Treatment Is Unreasonable/ Unnecessary
Posted on 13 Aug 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Today is auspicious for two reasons. First it is "Bid Day" at Auburn University. Picture above is my Sweet Caroline (in the white eyelet dress) offering a "bid" to her little sister. And another great Gamma Phi Beta tradition continues... Read More

Change Is Constant....Well, Not So Much in this Delaware Termination Case
Posted on 1 Jun 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

Lately, I have been happy to hear from several of you, making my job easy highlighting cases right and left and providing me with insightful commentary. The latest in this stream of personal good fortune is Clayton Bunting....one of my dear ones from... Read More

Not Just Another Daddy’s Girl….And a New Development on the Statute of Limitations in Delaware
Posted on 31 Jul 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

This is really the Ketevan Sophia Sensor Post. The little charmer above is none other than Mike Sensor's daughter, Ketevan....sometimes known as "Keti Spaghetti". This child is so popular, so precocious she has her own following on Twitter... Read More

The Dearly Deported, Take Two…..DE Superior Court Affirms IAB Decision In Favor Of Illegal Aliens
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 by Cassandra Roberts

If you have already read today's News Journal or my colleague Molly DiBianca's Delaware Employment Law Blog, then I am a little late to the party. Perhaps you recall my post of 2/9/12 titled "The Dearly Deported-Illegal Alien Status does... Read More