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Insurers allege they have no duty to defend Solvis Staffing Services in workers’ comp claims

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An Escondido corporation is alleged to have misrepresented facts to two insurance companies. Zurich American Insurance Co. and Zurich American Insurance Co. of Illinois filed a complaint on March 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Solvis Staffing Services Inc. and Does 1 through 50 citing rescission, unjust enrichment and other counts. According to…

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Man files legal malpractice suit against East Alton attorneys over work comp claim

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A man claims two East Alton attorneys with the Galanti Law Office failed to provide witness testimonies during his worker’s compensation hearing, resulting in a ruling in favor of his employer. Edward Holmes filed a complaint on March 14 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Giambattista Patti and David Galanti, alleging they failed to represent him as a reasonable…

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RV worker paralyzed on job can’t pursue product liability claim

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An installer of “slide-out” box units on recreational vehicles who was partially paralyzed after one of the units fell from an RV and onto his back cannot sue under the Indiana Product Liability Act, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday. The appellate court affirmed an Elkhart Superior Court ruling in Matthew Davis v. Lippert Components Manufacturing, Inc., 20A03-1710-CT-2435. The…

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Illinois bill would create state-sponsored insurance company

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An Illinois bill that would create a state-sponsored insurance company to provide workers compensation was placed on the calendar for a second reading last Thursday. H.B. 4595, introduced by state Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, would create the Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Co. as a nonprofit that issues insurance for workers comp and occupational disease, according to the bill’s latest text….

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Comp insurer not liable for death benefits for out-of-state driver: Judge

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A U.S. District judge ruled in favor of an insurer who filed a summary judgment on a claim involving an Iowa workers compensation policy for a company that hired an Illinois truck driver who only worked in his home state before dying from a work-related injury, according to the ruling issued in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Friday. Eldridge,…

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Food company Kerry faces OSHA fine for worker injuries at Melrose Park plant

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Irish food products company Kerry Inc. has been cited by federal safety inspectors after two workers at its Chicago-area plant were injured on the job because the company allegedly failed to enforce safety procedures. One worker’s hand was amputated while clearing out a bread crumb conveyor at the plant in Melrose Park, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in…

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COA holds that volunteer work was incidental to man’s employment

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A general contractor’s volunteer work was incidental to his professional employment, so the injuries he sustained during the volunteer work must be covered under the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act. That was the Indiana Court of Appeals’ decision in John C. Morris v. Custom Kitchen & Baths, 93A02-1601-EX-179. John Morris obtained his general contractor’s license in 2011 and formed a sole…

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NY Heavy Equipment Operator Indicted On Charges He Stole More Than $75,000 In Workers’ Comp Benefits While Failing To Provide His Own Employees With Required Coverage

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New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Cayuga County District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann announced today the indictment and arraignment of a central New York heavy equipment operator accused of stealing more than $75,000 in Workers’ Compensation insurance benefits to which he was not entitled while also failing to provide his own logging company’s employees with required coverage….

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Judge halves $1 billion award in J&J hip implants case

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A U.S. judge almost halved the award in a December jury verdict that ordered Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to plaintiffs in six lawsuits who said they were injured by DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas cited “constitutional considerations” that limit how much plaintiffs may…

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WWE seeks to have brain injury lawsuit tossed

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World Wrestling Entertainment is asking a federal judge to dismiss the sixth lawsuit filed on behalf of a former wrestler who claims he suffered a traumatic brain injury. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that the 47-page brief filed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on Friday, also asks the judge to sanction the wrestler’s attorney, Konstantine Kyros, and for Kyros…

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