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Workers' Compensation News - September 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 311

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FRAGRANCE AND FLAVOR INDUSTRY HIT WITH $15 MILLION VERDICT Jury Awards $15 Million in Making of Popcorn -This self regulated industry becomes prime target.
A jury on Friday awarded a former popcorn-plant worker $15 million after finding that his exposure to butter-flavoring fumes led to his severe respiratory problems.

Federal Asbestos Legislation Will Erode Workers' Compensation

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is now considering proposed Federal legislation that will have significant impact upon Workers' Compensation systems throughout the United States. Since the enactment of workers' compensation legislation decades ago, asbestos and other latent disease claims continue to be an enormous challenge to compensation programs.

Workers' Compensation News - August 24, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 310

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NJ: WC JUDGES HAVE DISCRETION TO RULE ON VALIDITY OF A TDB LIEN. In a complex decision involving causal relationship, apportionment of liability and reimbursement of a TDB lien that Appellate Division responded to a statement made by the trial Judge, "...I am no longer a Judge, I am a statutory collection agency for the Labor Department," by reversing his decision and remanding the matter for hearing.

Workers' Compensation News - July 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 308

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WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM FREQUENCY DOWN. NCCI announced that the decline in claim frequency continued through 2004. Over the last five years there have been significant declines for all types on injuries. However medical costs continues to be the leading driver of costs. The medical share of total workers' compensation costs has now risen to 55% countrywide and in some states is approaching 70%. 

Workers' Compensation News - June 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 307

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CMS TO ISSUE NEW MEDICARE SECONDARY PAYER GUIDANCE. Under mounting pressure from many organized groups, CMS (The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services) has indicated that it will shortly release a new set of "Questions and Answers" in order to, yet again, redefine its procedures. 

Workers' Compensation News - May 23, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 306

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NY WORKERS' COMPENSATION RATES. New York Rates: Follow the Bouncing Ball. New York is famous for being a high cost state for workers compensation. By any reasonable measure, New York falls within the top four states for high comp cost, sharing the dubious spotlight with California, Texas and Florida 

Stress in the Workplace: The Availability of Workers' Compensation Benefits

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Compensability for occupational diseases has become commonplace in most, if not all, jurisdictions throughout the country; however, the majority of claims filed allege physical rather than mental disability. The California Workers' Compensation Institute recently published their study of mental stress claims which indicated an increase of 430 percent in the number of claims filed from 1980 to 1986. 

Workers' Compensation News - April 4, 2005 Volume 3 Issue 304

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OWENS CORNING'S ASBESTOS LIABILITIES SET AT $7 BILLION BY FEDERAL JUDGE
OC's asbestos liability put at $7 billion by U.S. Judge. Choosing a midpoint between estimates of opposing creditor groups, a federal judge has ruled that Owens Corning is exposed to $7 billion in potential claims by people who were made sick by exposure to asbestos insulation produced by the firm until the early 1970s. 

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