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[11/14] Valdez v. WCAB
The Court of Appeals' decision permitting the admission of a medical report from claimant's doctor who was not part of the medical provider network (MPN) as defined under the workers' compensation statutory scheme, is affirmed, where: 1) Labor Code section 4616.6 does not bar the admission of reports from non- MPN doctors in proceedings to determine disability benefits; and 2) section 4616.6 restricts the admission of medical reports only in proceedings under article 2.3 to resolve disputes over diagnosis and treatment within an MPN.
[10/15] Hroncich v. Con Edison
The Workers' Compensation Law does not require apportionment of death benefits between work-related and nonwork-related causes.
[09/20] Petitt v. Sause Brothers
Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, scheduled wage increases given by a non-union employer to all employees in a certain class based solely upon seniority were a general increase in wages and did not increase a claimant's wage-earning capacity, and therefore, should not be calculated into petitioner's wage-earning capacity for the purposes of calculating disability benefits.
[09/12] Rodriquez v. RWA Trucking Company, Inc.
Judgment that defendant violated California unfair competition law by charging its drivers for automobile liability insurance, physical damage insurance, cargo insurance, and workers' compensation insurance from 1993 to 2011 is: 1) affirmed in part, where federal law does not preempt California law that prohibits employers from seeing reimbursement from independent contractors for the cost of workers' compensation insurance; 2) reversed in part, where federal law preempts plaintiffs' claim for unlawfully transacting insurance; and 3) reversed in part, where the trial court erred in awarding plaintiffs prejudgment interest.
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