Another Arbitration Agreement Declared Unenforceable In a decision handed down yesterday, the Court of Appeal refused to enforce the unlawful arbitration clause found in Applied Underwriters’ Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA) with Luxor Cabs, one of the oldest cab companies in San Francisco. In 2015, RPNA Partners Joseph Gjonola and Nicholas Roxborough filed suit on behalf of Luxor against Applied in San…Details
Precedential Decisions Void More Unfiled Workers’ Comp Side Agreements In RPNA’s continuing efforts to serve its local and national employer clients, we are proud to have just won two precedential decisions from the California Department of Insurance (CDOI). Both well-reasoned decisions, which are more than 50 pages long, are signed by Insurance Commissioner Dave…Details
Nick Roxborough joined other thought leaders and stakeholders at a public hearing in Oakland last week to support a new Medical-Legal Fee Schedule (MLFS) model for Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs) that would raise their compensation to an adequate level.
Once again, RPNA is challenging Zurich Insurance Company for subjecting employers to out-of-state arbitrations, over collateralization, and overpayment for coverage due to poor claims handling. In this new case, Zurich increased its collateral requirement more than seven-fold for Pacific States Industries’ (PSI) large deductible workers’ comp program after learning the company was moving its program…Details
Joseph Gjonola talks about the recent opinion Planned Parenthood Fed’n of Am., Inc. v. Ctr. for Med. Progress (“PPF”) on LAW360 and how it all but gutted California’s anti-SLAPP procedure when it comes to motions filed in federal court.
When Daily Journal reporter Melanie Brisbon needed an expert to comment on a recent appellate decision in the case Ryan Smythe v. Uber Technologies Inc., she reached out to RPNA’s Co-Managing Partner Nick Roxborough. In this case, the state appellate court denied Uber’s motion to compel arbitration of an action brought by one of its…Details
RPNA’s Nick Roxborough commented about his current case against Applied Underwriters in a Workers’ Comp Executive article that discusses the growing number of disputes involving Applied Underwriters’ EquityComp program since the California Department of Insurance (CDI) handed down its precedential decision several years ago in the Shasta Linen case.
RPNA’s Nicholas Roxborough recently represented the interests of California employers concerning public commentary held by California Department of Insurance (CDI) officials involving major stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system. Mr. Roxborough addressed issues regarding large deductible policies, affecting RPNA’s clients, as the CDI moves to finalize new regulations by the end of the year.Details
For two years, RPNA’s Nick Roxborough has been leading the fight against the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) underground rule-making, which is impacting hundreds of QMEs in California. He recently filed an amended complaint with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, adding a new allegation that the DWC used underground rules relating to time spent on medical research as a basis to deny reappointment…Details
In RPNA’s case (Howard v DIR), LA County Superior Court Judge James Chelfant opined that the Division of Workers’ Compensation relied on unenforceable underground regulations when it denied applications for reappointment from two QMEs and unreasonably delayed hearings when the doctors objected. According to Nick Roxborough, the judge’s decision means the division “can’t continue to…Details