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June 22, 2003 11:25 PM
Workers' Compensation News - June 22, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 15

CASES
"Amputation Bonus"
"...a worker, who suffers a work-related amputation of fingers that qualifies for an award of benefits for loss of a hand under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(8), also qualifies for an award of an amputation bonus under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(21)." Martinez v Silverline 2003 WL 21305487 (N.J. Super. AD) Decided 6.9.03http://lawlibrary.rutgers.edu/courts/appellate/a6057-01.opn.html

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NY: Workers’ comp fight resurfaces in Albany
A state politician has fired the first shot in a battle over workers’ compensation benefits that is expected to gear up in 2004--an election year.http://www.crainsny.com/news.cms?newsId=5848

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Cell Phone Radiation - Class Action
4th Circuit Defines Insurance Coverage
http://pacer.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinion.pdf/021358.U.pdf

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Insurance Industry Poblems
Industry Insiders Admit Over and Over Again: Insurance Business Practices and Investment Cycle to Blame for Insurance Liability “Crisis”http://www.centerjd.org/air/pr/Investments.pdf

Best Places Ratings of Atlantic Mutual Companies Under Review with Negative Implications www.ambest.com

Best Downgrades Ratings of Kemper Insurance Companies
Best Co. has downgraded the financial strength ratings to D (Poor) from C++ (Marginal) of the participants in the Kemper Insurance Companies (Long Grove, IL) inter-company pool, eight reinsured affiliates and one domestic affiliate. www.ambest.com

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Smallpox Vaccinatins Begin Again - Phase 2
Medical experts renew call to freeze smallpox vaccinations
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0503/052703w1.htm

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