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Do We Really Want Courts Deciding if Our Construction Contracts are Fair?

As I posted recently, the Virginia General Assembly has passed, and I can see no reason why the governor won’t sign, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], a bill that would essentially invalidate preemptive contractual waivers of lien rights as they relate to subcontractors and...

California: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (January-June 2015)

LexisNexis has picked the top “noteworthy” panel decisions issued by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board during the period January through June 2015. The list features a number of split-panel decisions, including bonus cases addressing the validity of untimely independent...

July 1, 2015 Statutory Changes Affecting Virginia Contractors and Subcontractors

As always seems to be the case, this year, as in others, the Virginia General Assembly has seen fit to “tweak” a few construction related statutes. All of these changes will go into effect on July 1, 2015. The big one, and one that I posted about a while back is the change to the Virginia...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (8/6/2015)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 80 No. 7 July 2015 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2015 LexisNexis. All rights...

California: The OMFS as a Maximum Fee Schedule

Lien claimant found not entitled to excess fees In Holder v. Troy Christian Adventure Limousine , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s finding that lien claimant David Payne, M.D., was not entitled to fees above those set forth in the Official Medical Fee Schedule...

Prospective Waiver of Lien Rights by Subcontractors & Suppliers

By Jay Rixey , Associate, Vandeventer Black LLP Earlier this year, the General Assembly enacted legislation amending Virginia Code § 43-3, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this statute: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], providing that a subcontractor, lower-tier subcontractor, or...

Texas Judges Explore State Law on Liens and Homestead Exemptions

Much state law regarding liens and property rights emerges from the Bankruptcy Courts because they are frequently the first to confront novel issues. Two recent opinions from the Western District of Texas bankruptcy judges confirm this trend. In one case, Judge Tony Davis found that an option to acquire...

Nevada Amends Laws Regarding Homeowners’ Association Liens

While an amended Nevada Senate bill does not change the Nevada Supreme Court’s seminal holding that an association lien is a true priority lien that, when properly foreclosed, may extinguish a first deed of trust, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 2, 2015; U.S. House of Representatives Passes Budget

Budget & Taxes US House Passes Budget The U.S. House has seen only disarray in recent weeks with the ouster of speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) at the hands of his party’s far-right Freedom Caucus. But last Wednesday the chamber passed a two-year budget that would increase discretionary...

The Cloud Dissipates (a bit)

Remember HB 1265, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this legislation: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], that I discussed here at Musings back on February 6, 2012? Well, thanks to the efforts of the AGC of Virginia among other groups affected by the bill, it has been amended and a substitute proposed...

Applicant May Obtain Second Opinion Physician If Applicant Disputed Diagnosis or Treatment Prescribed by Primary Treating Physician: Cal. Comp. Cases February Advanced Postings (2/18/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for February 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Edward Bautista, Petitioner v....

WCAB Approves Treatment for Brain Injury When Utilization Review Found Untimely: Cal. Comp. Cases March Advanced Postings (2/23/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the March 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. San Francisco 49ers, The Travelers...

California Workers' Compensation Case Roundup (3/4/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 2 February 2016 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights...

Compensable Psychiatric Injury as a Result of Harassment by Co-Worker: Cal. Comp. Cases March/April Advanced Postings (3/24/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. City of Santa Barbara, PSI, administered by JT2 Integrated...

Why California Workers’ Comp Is So Hard to Manage: A Snapshot of the 52nd Annual CWCI Conference

If one was trying to track hot topics and trends in California workers’ comp, a good place to start would have been a recent March conference in Oakland attended by many prominent stakeholder representatives. Oakland’s Marriott Hotel was the site of the recent 52nd annual meeting of members...

California: Appellate Court Dumps Lien Filing Fee Challenge

The Second District Court of Appeal has handed down a decision affirming the legislature’s creation of the lien filing fee as part of SB 863. In Chorn v W.C.A.B. a physician (Robin Chorn M.D.) filed a complaint joined by two injured workers in an effort to challenge on constitutional grounds the...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (4/29/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 4 April 2016 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights...

California Workers’ Comp Cases Roundup (6/1/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 5 May 2016 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights...

Claim for Psychiatric Injury as Compensable Consequence of Chronic Hepatitis Not Precluded by Compromise and Release: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (6/22/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the July 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles...

California: Top 25 Noteworthy Panel Decisions (January-June 2016)

LexisNexis has picked the top “noteworthy” panel decisions issued by the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board during the period January through June 2016. The list features a number of decisions addressing utilization review time deadlines and reporting requirements, several...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (7/7/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 6 June 2016 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights...

Seizure Was Compensable Consequence of Industrial Head Injury: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (7/7/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the July 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. CR England, XL Specialty Insurance...

Employer Lacked Sufficient Notice of Alleged Industrial Injury to Trigger Duty to Provide Claim Form, Notice of Benefits: Cal. Comp. Cases August Advanced Postings (8/17/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the August 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Susan Ostini , Petitioner v. Workers'...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (9/1/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 8 August 2016 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights...

Conviction for Felony Is Required to Bar Psychiatric Injury Claim: Cal. Comp. Cases Advanced Postings (9/8/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the September 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Ease Entertainment Services,...