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October 7, 1993 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 120 investigators and prosecutors looking into workers' compensation fraud in Southern California served search warrants Wednesday at 31 sites, including the homes and offices of a string of doctors and lawyers suspected of paying illicit kickbacks. The investigation is one of several major workers' compensation fraud probes launched by authorities in the region since the beginning of last year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1994 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Northridge doctor and three other physicians have been charged with paying illegal kickbacks to a medical referral firm that is under investigation for workers compensation fraud. The physicians allegedly paid for patient referrals from L.A. Management, a former Sherman Oaks firm under investigation for possibly paying kickbacks to get patients from companies that process workers' compensation claims for some employers and insurers. The investigation of L.A.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
A major overhaul of California's $17-billion workers' compensation insurance program was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, who called the bipartisan agreement "unusual in our polarized society. " The governor made his comments Tuesday at a bill signing ceremony at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank surrounded by some of the legislative, business and labor leaders who helped forge the consensus that led to the legislation. On hand were Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
NEWS
April 24, 1992 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling the state's workers' compensation program an abuse-ridden "national embarrassment," the Council on California Competitiveness on Thursday urged cuts in benefits for stress claims and for vocational rehabilitation. The council also proposed, among other things, slapping tighter cost controls on medical care and scrapping the state's current rate-setting system to encourage rate competition among insurance companies.
NEWS
April 16, 2001 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's plunge into deregulation, which spawned the energy crisis, has now disrupted another segment of the economy: the workers' compensation insurance industry, where a wave of insolvencies has led officials to warn of a looming crisis. Overshadowed by the state's electricity woes, the workers' compensation problem has attracted little public attention.
NEWS
July 29, 1988 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday to end California's 200,000-case backlog of workers' compensation claims. So great is the backlog that the state Department of Industrial Relations measures unprocessed claims in terms of linear feet. At last count in March, there were 384 feet of unprocessed claims, 152 of which were recorded in the Los Angeles office. The suit said two other offices with large backlogs are Van Nuys, with 78 feet of unprocessed claims, and Santa Ana, with 66-plus feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996
The embattled chief of the South Pasadena Police Department and the lieutenant who headed an internal investigation of a sex scandal have filed workers' compensation claims against the city, officials confirmed Friday. Interim City Manager Linda Holmes would not describe the claims, nor say whether the city was contesting them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1989 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Negotiators on the verge of agreeing to overhaul California's system for compensating injured workers have reached an impasse that threatens to scuttle any chance that lawmakers will approve a reform package before the Legislature adjourns for the year. The delicate talks have stalled over the issue of how to deal with injured workers who are not represented by lawyers, according to Assemblyman Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles), the bill's author.
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