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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New staging of mesothelioma tumors may predict outcome

A recent study indicates that a new physician staging processes by weight and volume of mesothelioma tumors may be helpful in predicting outcome. Mesothelioma is a fatal rare tumor and almost always associated with exposure to asbestos fibers. The development of mesothelioma commonly is diagnosed decades after the initial exposure to asbestos fiber.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Defense Firm Prohibited From Seeking Unfettered Medical Discovery

A defense firm, that had a “custom” of seeking unlimited medical discovery in workers’ compensation claims, was barred from utilizing that litigation tactic. The NJ Appellate Division affirmed the trial level decision of The Honorable Emille R. Cox, Supervising Judge of Compensation that prohibited requests for unlimited medical data.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Senator Patrick Leahy Calls For Greater Transparency by Asbestos Companies

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Ranking Member, Judiciary Committee Hearing on “The Need for Transparency in the Asbestos Trusts”

Today the Judiciary Committee meets to discuss legislation that purports to promote more transparency in asbestos trusts.  Before we get into a detailed discussion about the merits of the proposed legislation, I want to make sure we all remember why we are here today.  For decades, millions of American workers were secretly poisoned.  Men and women who worked in our Nation’s factories, shipyards, mines and construction sites, and service members in the military, unknowingly inhaled air that was laced with asbestos—a substance so harmful that an individual can become critically ill simply by breathing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Workers’ Compensation and the Cancer Moonshot 2020

Official portrait of Vice President of the United States . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An exciting initiative, Cancer Moonshot 2020, is under underway establishing a coalition, of academics and insurers to work together to find a cure for cancer by the year 2020. Historically too many occupational exposures have resulted in the development of cancer. Participation by the entire workers’ compensation system in this new venture would create an exciting opportunity to advance worker health, reduce costs and strengthen the social remedial benefit program.

Fraud: Two South Jersey Corporations and Five of Their Officials Charged With Stealing Nearly $600,000

Acting NJ Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced today that two South Jersey corporations and five of their officials have been indicted in an alleged workers compensation fraud scheme that bilked nearly $600,000 from an insurance carrier.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

KBR Sub-Contractor Agrees to Pay $7.4 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Wartime Contract

Centerra Services International Inc., formerly known as Wackenhut Services LLC, has agreed to pay $7.4 million to resolve allegations that Wackenhut violated the False Claims Act by double billing and inflating labor costs in connection with a contract for firefighting and fire protection services in Iraq, the Department of Justice announced today.  Centerra is a security services company headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

FACT Act Hearing US Senate Wed Feb 3, 2016 10am ET

Witness List
Hearing before the
Senate Committee on the Judiciary

“The Need for Transparency in the Asbestos Trusts”
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
10:00 a.m.