SAN DIEGO - A California appellate panel on May 12 ruled that a trial court judge did not err when denying a man's request to reduce his convictions for making false statements in connection with a workers' compensation claim from felonies to misdemeanors, holding that the defendant had a prior history of criminal activity and that he did not show remorse for what he did (People v. Chany Lopez, No. D068570, Calif. App., 4th Dist., Div. 1; 2016 Calif. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3510).
SAN DIEGO - A widow lacks sufficient evidence of her husband's post-employment asbestos exposure to avoid California's workers' compensation exclusivity bar, a federal judge held April 25 (Gail Elizabeth Walashek, et al. v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., et al., No. 14-1567, S.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55013).
CHICAGO - An Illinois judge on April 21 granted the liquidator of an insolvent workers' compensation insurer's recommendation for the allowance of the state's group workers' compensation pool insolvency fund's $716,283.59 claim (In the Matter of the Liquidation of Illinois Restaurant Risk Management Association, Inc., No. 11-CH-40307, Ill. Cir., Cook Co., Chancery Div.).
DENVER - The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 31 upheld a trial court's rejection of wage-and-hour claims filed by slaughter and fabrication operation workers who claimed that they received some but not all compensation owed to them for donning and doffing activities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Esmeralda Castaneda, et al. v. JBS USA, LLC, et al., Nos. 14-1217 and 14-1221, 10th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 5884).
SAN FRANCISCO - A man has not shown that his former employer avoided a workers' compensation claim in bad faith or that the dual capacity doctrine put it outside the law's exclusivity provision, a California federal judge held March 23 (Leon E. Dean, et al. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co. Inc., No. 15-6032, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38906).
LIMA, Ohio - Asbestosis refers to a specific disease and not asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer, an Ohio appeals court held Jan. 25 in affirming a widow's right to participate in the state's workers' compensation system (Fayrene Dennis, surviving spouse of Johnny Dennis v. General Motors Corp., et al., No. 4-15-09, Ohio App., 3rd Dist.; 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 215).
JACKSON, Miss. - A federal judge in Mississippi on Jan. 25 granted a workers' compensation insurer's motion for summary judgment in a discrimination and insurance bad faith lawsuit, ruling that the plaintiff has failed to show that a genuine issue of material fact exists regarding his claims of racial discrimination against the insurer (Johneveric T. Powell v. Zurich American Insurance Co., No. 14-115, S.D. Miss.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8176).
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A workers' compensation court properly admitted expert testimony linking asbestos exposure with a man's fatal colon cancer, a Pennsylvania court held in affirming an award of benefits Jan. 22 (Garrison Architects and Travelers Insurance Co. v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board [Piatetsky], No. 1095 C.D. 2015, Pa. Cmwlth. Ct.; 2016 Pa. Commw. Unpub. LEXIS 72).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Reports from medical experts that an employee had very severe coronary artery disease and that his sudden death at work was the result of a cardiac event show that the employee's employment contributed to his death, a California appeals panel held Jan. 21, affirming workers' compensation benefits (Star Insurance Co. v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and Maria Rosa Tavares, et al., No. H042244, Calif. App., 6th Dist.; 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 409).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An asbestosis workers' compensation claim may proceed because it differs sufficiently from a previously dismissed breathing dysfunction claim, a panel of Tennessee's top court held Dec. 10 (Jimmy Segroves v. Union Carbide, et al., No. E2015-00572-SC-R3-WC, Tenn. Sup., Spcl. Wrkrs. Comp. App.; 2015 Tenn. LEXIS 945).
LIMA, Ohio - Sufficient evidence supports a jury's conclusion that lung cancer arose from a man's asbestos exposure at an automaker's facility, an Ohio appeals court said Nov. 30 in affirming a widow's access to the state's workers' compensation system (Loretta S. Bryant, surviving spouse of Ivan Bryant v. General Motors Corp., and Marsha P. Ryan, admr Ohio Bureau of Workers' Comp., et al.,No. 4-15-03, Ohio App., 3rd Dist.; 2015 Ohio App. LEXIS 4768).
NEW ORLEANS - An employer failed in its efforts to refute a man's claim that it was the source of his last injurious exposure under the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Nov. 12 (Ramsay Scarlett & Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, United States Department of Labor, Ferdinand J. Fabre Jr., No. 15-60112, 5th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 19733).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Nov. 7 granted summary judgment to Apple Inc. in a class suit filed by retail workers seeking compensation for the time they spent waiting in line for and undergoing a security check of their bags before leaving after their shifts were over (Amanda Frlekin, et al. v. Apple Inc., Nos. 13-3451, 13-3775 and 13-4727, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92768).