Sharp Increase in California Workers’ Comp Med-Legal Costs

Payments for medical-legal services used to resolve medical disputes over compensability issues in California work injury claims have risen sharply under the new Medical-Legal Fee Schedule that took effect last year, a new report shows. The report from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute shows an increase in aggregate med-legal fees in the first seven months … Read more

California comp med-legal costs soar following changes

Payments for medical-legal services used to resolve medical disputes over compensability issues in California workplace injury claims have risen “sharply” under the new medical-legal fee schedule that took effect in 2021, according to a CWCI study. In April 2021, anticipating a 25% increase in costs, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation implemented a new fee schedule … Read more

Insurer must pay defense costs for attorney charged with embezzlement

An attorney charged with embezzling funds from lottery winners is entitled to defense costs under his professional liability policy, a U.S. District Court ruled last week. Jason M. Kurland was an equity partner at Rivkin Radler LLP, according to last Wednesday’s ruling by the U.S. District Court in Central Islip, New York, in Jason M. … Read more

More than half of landlords unable to recoup pet damage costs: Propertymark

Pet damage poses more of a risk than the damage inflicted by adult tenants, with 85.3% of landlords and agents saying they have experienced pet-related damage, according to the latest data from Propertymark. The survey was undertaken by Propertymark and the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) along with LandlordZone and pets charity AdvoCATS and had … Read more

War costs Russia its influence with Ukraine’s Orthodox believers

The Sunday sermon that Metropolitan Longin, a senior bishop in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, aimed at Moscow’s patriarch Kirill in early June did not hold back. Previously Longin had prayed at every service for the blessing of Kirill — the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, his own church’s spiritual parent. But now Longin lambasted … Read more

Lower housing costs — not jobs — are driving intercity moves

As a result of the pandemic, lower housing costs have become the primary motivator for long-distance moves as opposed to employment reasons, a Freddie Mac research paper found. But relocation of any distance was at a 73-year low in 2021, according to U.S. Census Bureau data cited by Freddie Mac. Last year recorded the lowest … Read more

Legal clashes await US companies covering workers’ abortion costs

(Reuters) — A growing number of large U.S. companies have said they will cover travel costs for employees who must leave their home states to get abortions, but these new policies could expose businesses to lawsuits and even potential criminal liability, legal experts said. Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Lyft Inc., Microsoft Corp. and JPMorgan Chase … Read more

Asian demand, rising costs squeeze Europe’s LNG import plan By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Model of LNG tanker is seen in front of the EU flag in this illustration taken May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration By Marwa Rashad LONDON (Reuters) -Europe’s plan to get through a winter of difficult Russian gas supply with significant imports of liquefied (LNG) is at risk, with U.S. supply curtailed … Read more

cement companies: Higher input costs and lower demand may pull cement companies’ margins down

In the past six months, the Nifty 50 index has fallen close to 9% while the ET Cement index – which includes all key listed entities – has fallen close to 24%. Synopsis According to some estimates, prices of pet coke and Indonesian coal have shot up 55% to 80% in the past five months. … Read more