Author Archives: Thomas A. Robinson

Oklahoma High Court Finesses Constitutional Issue as to Retaliatory Discharge Statute

In Young v. Station 27, Inc., 2017 OK 68, 2017 Okla. LEXIS 69 (Sept. 12, 2017), the Supreme Court of Oklahoma finessed the constitutionality of the state’s current retaliatory discharge statute, 85A O.S. § 7, holding that the trial court … Continue reading

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2017’s Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Cases

During September of each of the past five years, my colleague, Robin Kobayashi, and I have pulled together a volume entitled, Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis. Annually published by LexisNexis®, it is a compendium of expert analysis and commentary highlighting … Continue reading

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Seventh Circuit Sustains Illinois Governor’s Action in Refusing to Reappoint Arbitrators

In a case that highlights some of the bitter infighting going on in Illinois regarding the state’s workers’ compensation system, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision of the district court—although on different grounds—that dismissed a civil action … Continue reading

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Kansas Court Strikes Words “Accidentally” Introduced into Medical Fee Schedule

Saves Hospital $600,000 in Lost Reimbursement Stressing that a rule or regulation adopted by an administrative agency can only be given binding legal effect if the agency complies with the full requirements of the state’s Rules and Regulations Filing Act … Continue reading

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Bob Wilson May Have a “Cluttered Desk;” His Prediction of Opt Out Reprise is Spot On!

What if Employers Are Willing to Give Up Exclusive Remedy Defense? In his typically lucid and engaging style, Bob Wilson mused in his post this morning that the employer opt out movement in workers’ compensation law isn’t dead; it’s only … Continue reading

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Eighth Circuit: North Dakota Need Not Substitute Colorado’s More Generous Death Benefits Rules for Claim Filed in the Peace Garden State

In a case of first impression, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a U.S. District Court decision that had dismissed a widow’s civil action seeking a declaration that N.D. Cent. Code § 65–05–05(2)(2013) was invalid and unenforceable under the … Continue reading

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Florida MDs Have No Duty to “Cross-Examine” Workers’ Comp Claimant Regarding Known Misrepresentations

A Florida appellate court held that misrepresentations regarding a claimant’s medical history can disqualify the claimant from receiving benefits even if there is no direct link between the allegedly false or misleading statements and the particular injury for which benefits … Continue reading

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Mississippi Commission’s Decision to Deny Claim Because of Employee’s “Refusal” to Take Breathalyzer Test Cannot Stand

Yesterday, in a divided decision, the Court of Appeals of Mississippi reversed a decision by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission (“Commission”) that had denied an employee’s workers’ compensation claim because the employee had refused to take a breathalyzer test after … Continue reading

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Maine High Court Blocks Employer’s Attempt to Challenge Continued Existence of Disability

Highlighting the fine line that exists, on the one hand, between a party’s attempt to relitigate an issue already decided and, on the other hand, a party’s contention that a change of condition or circumstances warrants revisiting the issue of … Continue reading

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Missouri Court Stresses Importance of Injury “by Accident” in Recent Horseplay Case

The Missouri Court of Appeals recently affirmed a decision of that state’s Labor and Industrial Relations Commission that had denied workers’ compensation benefits to a tire shop employee who sustained severe burns when he used a lighter to ignite a … Continue reading

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