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California: Use of Preprinted C & R Form Does Not Waive Claims Outside Workers’ Comp Context

A California appellate court found a state trial court committed error when it granted summary judgment to an employer in an employment discrimination case filed by a former employee based on its finding that the former employee had released the … Continue reading

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Texas Insurer Barred from Going After Third-Party Settlement Proceeds

Where a worker’s compensation insurance policy contained a clause in which the carrier waived its right to recover from any third party sued by the injured employee, that clause also prevents the carrier from recovering from the injured employee, once … Continue reading

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Ohio Auto Insurers: Beware of Nascent Workers Comp Claims

High Court Says BWC Has Subrogation Interest in Spite of Denial of Claim In a decision that should impact settlement procedures in virtually all personal injury cases within the state of Ohio, the Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that … Continue reading

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Death of Mississippi Worker Does Not Negate Settlement Agreement

In a split decision, a Mississippi appellate court reversed an order of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission that had granted an employer’s motion to reopen and vacate a prior order approving the settlement of a workers’ compensation claim where the … Continue reading

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What A Difference a Word Makes: Illinois Court Remands Case Because Settlement Agreement Ambiguous

Characterizing the language of a workers’ compensation settlement agreement that included a provision for a Medicare set-aside annuity (MSA) as “sloppy” and “imprecise” and quoting novelist Vladimir Nabokov’s advice to writers, “have the precision of a poet,” an Illinois appellate … Continue reading

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Compromise and Settlement: May An Employer Include a Penalty Clause to Ward Off Further Vexatious Claims?

Each year I read–or at least scan–more than 1,500 workers’ compensation cases that make the appellate reporter system around the nation. As large as that number sounds, it’s really fewer than five per day. And yet, as we all know, … Continue reading

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Employer Gets Lesson in Law of Negotiable Instruments–It Remains Liable When Claimant’s Settlement Check is Misdelivered and Forged

An employer, who mailed a $17,000 settlement check to the address erroneously designated by the claimant in a Compromise & Release Agreement (C&R) settling claimant’s workers’ compensation case, is still responsible for paying the agreed $17,000 to claimant where claimant … Continue reading

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