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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Trial Lawyers Predict COVID-19 Legal Battles “Most Expensive” in History. Encino Opioid Ring Conspiracy Ringleader Sentenced. Secret Service Reports Large-Scale Unemployment Fraud. Palo Alto Cardiologist Indicted.53 of 58 CA Counties Assess Reopening. California Bar Examination Pass Rate Hits All Time Low. IMR Determination Letters Fall by 11.3%. CA Employers Deploy Contact Tracing Systems. DWC Cancels Educational Conference in Los Angeles.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Panel Says 5814 Penalties Inapplicable to Timely UR, Newsom Faces Several Lawsuits Over Reopening Plan, CVS Subsidiary Pays $15.3M for Illegal Opioid Dispensing, SBA Payroll Loan Fraud Rates Estimated at 10 – 12%, Tesla CEO Musk Defies Lockdown Order, DWC Updates OMFS for Telehealth Services, Sense of Touch Restored in Severe Spinal Cord Injury, COVID-19 Tests Now Available for Workplaces.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Wave of COVID-19 Lawsuits Hit State and Federal Courts, California Sues Uber and Lyft to Enforce AB-5, Court Order Halts Sale of $45M Counterfeit N95 Masks, Scams and Fraud Involving CARES Act Economic Payments, Scams and Fraud Involving Fake COVID-19 Cures, Executive Order Creates COVID-19 Compensability Presumption, California Legislature Re-Convenes With Major Comp Issues, COVID-19 Triggers Increase in Opioid Deaths.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Lack of Overlap no Justification for Adding Disabilities, Non-utilization of Comp Admissible to Limit Damages in Tort Case, 3rd WCAB En Banc Decision Suspends 20 Day Filing Rule, Court Order Prohibits Fake “Ozone Therapy” for COVID-19, Bay Area Victims Duped by Non-Existent $40 N95 Masks, San Diego Psychiatrist Resolves Opioid Case for $145K, FDA Raises Safety Concerns Over Ethanol Hand Sanitizers, DWC Authors New Regulations for QME and AME Evals, Telemedicine Will Have “Big Impact” on Comp in Next Five Years, Insurers Say Decline in Elective Surgeries Offset COVID-19 Costs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: L.A. Class Actions Claims Banks Defrauded Employers, VR Expert Opinion Justifies Total Disability Award, WCAB Panel Elaborates on SIBTF Eligibility Requirements, Penalty for Failure to Carry Comp Insurance Affirmed, WCAB and DWC Allow for Limited Email Filing, Business Groups Push Back at Newsom’s Expansion of Comp, Much Controversy Surrounds COVID-19 Antibody Tests, DWC Reports 1,542 COVID-19 Coded Claims – So Far, WCIRB Estimates Cost of Conclusive COVID-19 Presumption, SCIF Announces $165 Million in Additional COVID-19 Support.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: En Banc WCAB Invalidates AD Rule 10133.54 on SJDB Jurisdiction, Carmel Valley Physician Charged for COVID-19 “Miracle Cure”, FBI Says Sale of 39M N95 Masks in California was Fraud Scheme, DME Operator Charged in Telemedicine Kickback Scheme, WCIRB Considers COVID-19 Regulatory Changes, DWC Modifies OMFS to Provide for Telehealth Fees, California First Responders Alarmed by COVID-19 Risks, Scientists Study Cause of COVID-19 Relapse, New Direct-to-Business Carrier Launches in California, Comp Industry Survey Shows COVID-19 Disruption Patterns.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Class Action Filed Against Cigna and Viant, Medicare Sues Lawfirm to Challenge Jurisdictional Issues, WCAB Orders Additional Emergency Filing Rules En Banc, COVID-19 Fraud Task Force Organizes in Arizona, OSHA Issues Respirator Interim Guidance, WCIRB Responds to COVID-19 Rating Issues, U.S. Plans to “Ease” Back to Normal.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Reverses Two Concurrent 100% Awards to Same Worker, Negligence in Obtaining Green Card not Barred by Exclusive Remedy, OSHA Declares Coronavirus to be a Recordable Event, CDI Extends Insurance Policy Cancellations, SCIF Moratorium on Policy Cancellations and Late Penalties, DWC Emergency Measures for Med-Legal Evaluations, WCAB Transitions to Free Teleconference Hearings, Thousands of Payroll Bail Out Loans Fund on First Day, AM Best P/C Downgrades Exceed Upgrades.

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