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TribblesLien Claims & The Tribble Factor
The population of lien claims has multiplied exponentially
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Robin Kobayashi 2010
Dear WC Professionals: 


We thank Howard Stevens, Esq. for his Star Trek-themed lien article. Tribbles: Hey, there's something many of us haven't thought about for awhile! 

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lien claims

Howard StevensThe Trouble With Tribbles, by Howard Stevens, Esq. "The Trouble With Tribbles" is a second-season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on December 29, 1967 and repeated June 21, 1968. The "trouble" with the Tribbles is that they reproduce far too quickly and are capable of eating a planet barren if their breeding is not controlled. In the words of Dr. McCoy, "they are born pregnant" and threaten to consume all the onboard supplies. The problem is aggravated when it is discovered that the creatures are entering essential ship systems, interfering with their functions and consuming any edible contents present.


Sounds like lien claims to us. At first it was just a few here and there, but then the population of liens began to multiply exponentially, and now they threaten to bring down essential WCAB functions to the point where crates full of unresolved liens from the Los Angeles WCAB are reportedly being deported to Oxnard along with the lien claimants' representatives, and Los Angeles defendants are being told to pay up or be forced to litigate the liens in another County.


Maybe not the same as another planet, but still a long way to go.


So, if there really are significant issues to litigate on the liens (and very often there are) we thought it would be a good time to do some serious review of just what the rules are in proving up (or disproving) entitlement to lien reimbursement. Perhaps a better understanding of how the burdens of proof shake out may ultimately result in a more controlled population of our own version of Tribbles. Read more.


NOTE:This free eNewsletter reports only a handful of panel decisions each month. If you want notification of all 50 to 65 noteworthy panel decisions added each month to the Lexis database, please consider purchasing our new panel decisions reporter. Panel decisions are citeable, but not binding precedent.


Pennies Three CentsSPECIAL ALERT: WCAB Sanctions Defendant in Controversial Three-Cent Dispute. On July 20, 2011, the Board issued its Opinion and Decision After Reconsideration and Order Imposing Sanctions in Vadnais v. Kraft Foods Nabisco. For background about this case, read our article in the June 20th issue of this eNewsletter.


Sanctions; WCAB affirmed WCJ's finding that defendant engaged in sanctionable conduct under Labor Code 5813 and 8 Cal. Code Reg. 10561 by willfully violating WCJ's order that applicant/produce clerk with 1/2/97 admitted spine injury be authorized to treat outside defendant's MPN, by attempting to transfer applicant's care back into MPN, and by failure to pay two self-procured medical bills as ordered, but exercised its discretion to reduce WCJ's imposition of four $2,500.00 sanctions for separate violations to a total sanction of $2,500.00; in imposing sanctions, WCAB acknowledged defendant's contentions that it was not acting frivolously or in bad faith when it acted on its belief that it had a right to transfer applicant's care into its MPN if it followed proper notice procedures pursuant to Babbit v. Ow Jing (2007) 72 Cal. Comp. Cases 70 (Appeals Board en banc opinion), and that WCJ's order was unlawful because defendant was entitled to transfer applicant's medical care to MPN by perfecting notice to applicant, but found that WCJ's order was not ambiguous in stating that defendant lost its right to insist that applicant be treated within MPN, and that by allowing WCJ's order to become final, having filed no petition for reconsideration, defendant was obligated to comply with order. See Fryer panel decision.


Reminder: Practitioners should check the subsequent history of a panel decision before citing to it.

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Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter - Jolly Roger Restaurant Company Owner Lets Workers' Compensation Coverage Lapse, by LexisNexis Workers' Compensation Law Community Staff.  Read it.




Cal Comp CasesCal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (7/21/2011). Here's the fourth batch of advanced postings for the July 2011 issue. subscribers can link to the complete headnotes and summaries. Read it
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Goldman Magdalin Krikes

WC Defense Associate. Brea office of Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP seeks attorney with minimum 5 years workers' comp defense experience, competitive salary & benefits. Submit in Word format cover letter, resume, salary history/requirements to


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Workers' Comp Executive:

FLASH: WCAB Reconsiders Valdez En Banc Decision.

FLASH: CAP Moves to Resolve Member Liabilities.

FLASH: DIR's Baker Says Cost Savings Will Accompany Any PD Increase.

Copyright 2011 Providence Publications, LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.


Other News:

CA: Legislature Passes Joint Resolution (AJR 12) Calling Upon Congress to Pass Medicare Secondary Payer Reforms.

CA: Governor Appoints Rosa Moran as DWC Administrative Director.

CA: 75 NFL Veterans' Lawsuit Alleges League's Mismanagement of Players' Concussions.

CA: DWC Now Accepting Applications for Upcoming QME Examination.

CA: State Fund Appoints New Medical Director: Dr. Bernyce Peplowski.

CA: Judge David Hettick Named Workers Compensation Judge of the Year by State Bar.

CA: Adam Dombchik Named Applicant's Attorney of the Year by State Bar.

CA: Alan Canfield Named Defense Attorney of the Year by State Bar.

CA: Carrie Nevans to Receive Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award by State Bar.

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PDCITEPractitioners should proceed with caution when citing to a panel decision that hasn't been designated as a "significant panel decision" by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, and should also verify the subsequent history of the panel decision. WCAB panel decisions are citeable authority, particularly on issues of contemporaneous administrative construction of statutory language [see Griffith v. WCAB (1989) 209 Cal. App. 3d 1260, 1264, fn. 2, 54 Cal. Comp. Cases 145]. However, WCAB panel decisions are not binding precedent, as are en banc decisions, on all other Appeals Board panels and workers' compensation judges [see Gee v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd. (2002) 96 Cal. App. 4th 1418, 1425 fn. 6, 67 Cal. Comp. Cases 236]. While WCAB panel decisions are not binding, the WCAB will consider these decisions to the extent that it finds their reasoning persuasive [see Guitron v. Santa Fe Extruders (2011) 76 Cal. Comp. Cases 228, fn. 7 (Appeals Board En Banc Opinion)]. subscribers can link to the cases cited above.

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Take a deep dive into our past eNewsletters for 2011 and prior...warning - some links to articles may not any linking problems to

July 18, 2011 (Special Alert): Valdez En Banc
July 18, 2011: Should Calif. Adopt the AMA Guides Sixth Edition?

July 11, 2011: QME Regulations: Face to Face Meetings

July 5, 2011: PQME Supplemental Reports

June 27, 2011: An MPN World: Change of Treating Physician

June 20, 2011: Sanctions: Three-Cent Dispute

June 13, 2011: A Balanced Approach to Litigation

June 6, 2011: Post-Valdez Defense Protocols

May 31, 2011: Stress-Related Compensable Consequence Injuries

May 23, 2011: Developing the Record

May 16, 2011: Overpayments

May 9, 2011: Third Party Cases

May 2, 2011: Temporary Total Disability

April 25, 2011: Non-MPN Physician Reports

April 20, 2011 (Special Alert): Valdez En Banc

April 18, 2011: 2011 Alphabet Soup

April 11, 2011 (Special Alert): Hernandez significant panel decision

April 11, 2011: Rule 38 and Medical Examiner Reports

April 4, 2011: Penalties Post SB-899

March 28, 2011: Verification and Lien Claimants

March 21, 2011: Workers' Comp and Earthquakes

March 17, 2011 (Special Alert): Guitron En Banc

March 14, 2011: LC 5710 Attorney's Fees

March 7, 2011: Mediation

February 28, 2011: Arbitrations
February 21, 2011: AMA Guides Rating: Roles of Rater, Judge, Physicians
February 14, 2011: In Memoriam: Carrie Nevans
February 7, 2011: Good Faith Personnel Actions
January 31, 2011: Service in EAMS

January 24, 2011 (addendum): Sanctions; EAMS rules
January 24, 2011: Public Self-Insured Employers 

January 17, 2011: CHSWC Report on Liens 

January 10, 2011: Temporary Workers 

January 3, 2011: Permanent Total Disability & Total Loss of Future Earning Capacity



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