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California Workers’ Compensation Case Roundup (July 8, 2013)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 78 No. 6 June 2013 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 2013 LexisNexis. All rights...

PA: Where Occupational Disease Is Manifested Outside 300-Week Prescription Period, Civil Action Against Employer Is Not Barred by Exclusivity

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently held that claims for an occupational disease, in this case mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure, which manifested outside the 300-week period prescribed by the Workers' Compensation Act (WCA), 77 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 411(2...

California: Appellate Court Upholds Exclusive Remedy Bar for Asbestos Exposure

In a case that issued last week, the 2nd Appellate District declined to open a new avenue to avoid the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation in Melendrez v. Ameron International Corporation , not only upholding the lower court’s grant of summary judgment for defendant/employer but also...

California: Exclusive Remedy Provision Bars Separate Suit Related to Asbestos-Laden Pipes Carried Home for Home Projects

Where survivors of a worker who died of asbestos-related mesothelioma sued the employer, a pipe manufacturer, for wrongful death, alleging that in addition to his workplace exposure to asbestos, the worker was also permitted to take waste or scrap pipe home, where he was exposed to asbestos in using...