The First Appellate District Court of Appeals has reversed the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB)’s decision on a high profile apportionment case, finding the WCAB was not applying the correct standard for apportionment under Labor Code Section 4663 to nonindustrial factors of impairment.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California has issued an indictment and arrest warrant against Sam Solakyan, who headed numerous imaging centers in the state tied to fraud allegations. Solakyan allegedly paid $8.8 million in kickbacks for referrals, which were used to bill workers’ compensation payers for $284 million.
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has dismissed almost 5,000 liens filed by companies associated with Michael R. Drobot, including Industrial Pharmacy Management and California Pharmacy Management. This marks the first major case involving a provision in AB 1244 which requires the DWC to dismiss liens held by individuals convicted of fraud.