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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $1M Fees and Costs Awarded in FEHA Claim Following Industrial Injury, En Banc WCAB Adds Disabilities for SIBTF Calculation, L.A. Pharmacist Charged with Price Gouging KN95 Masks, PBS Documentary Investigates Opioid Drugmaker Corruption, 25 Year Veteran CHP Officer Arrested for Comp Fraud, Santa Ana Police Officer Faces Comp Fraud Charges, Three Guilty in $65M Compound Med Fraud Scheme, DWC Proposes Increased Fees for Med-Legal Evals, DWC Sets Online MTUS Public Hearing for July 23, WCIRB Expands Classification Inspection Report Program.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCIF Sent Back to Trial After a 15 Year Premium Collection Effort, S.F. District Attorney Files DoorDash Misclassification Case, Five Charged in Sober Living Facility Insurance Fraud, Global Insurance Fraud Detection Market to Grow 22% Annually, Emergency Regulations Mandate Recalculation of Comp Premiums, COVID-19 Distancing Rules Becoming a “Political Hazard”, DWC Posts Draft Revisions to the Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule, Contracting Industry Injuries Highest in Opioid Use, WCRI Reports on Workers’ Compensation Prescription Regulations, ACOEM Studies Employer Costs for Opioid Use Disorders.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Stipulation to “Upper Extremity” Includes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Workers Sue Amazon Over COVID-19 Working Conditions, 3M Sues California Company Selling Fake N95 Masks, California Agricultural Industry Braces for COVID-19 Claims, Head of Las Gatos Testing Lab Charged with $69M Hoax, Reopenings Continue Despite COVID-19 Hotspots, EU Regulators Join FTC Efforts Against Drugmaker Pay-for-Delay Deals, Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Retracted by Lancet and NEJM, Workers’ Comp Trails Commercial Lines Growth.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 5000 COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Cases Filed in Calif, Carriers Sue CVS Health for Fraudulent Overcharges, Law Firm Class Action Seeks Damages for Court Closures, Hollywood Producer Arrested for Paycheck Program Fraud, Sudden Turnaround – Payrolls Unexpectedly Rise by 2.5M in May, Employer Group Argues Against Additional COVID-19 Presumptions, Experts Unsure About Downturn Comp Claim Frequency, ICN Estimates 450K Healthcare Workers Infected With COVID-19.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court of Appeal Clarifies Hikida Limits on PD Apportionment, Insurance Agent Who Stole .5M in Premiums Faces 9 Felonies, Four More Convicted in $199M Illegal Prescription Drug Conspiracy, Uber/Lyft AB-5 Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot, WCIRB Estimates Costs of COVID-19 Executive Order at $1.2B, CWCI Reports on Effects of COVID-19 Presumptions, Hollywood Spawns New Cottage Industry – COVID-19 Consultants.

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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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