April 7, 2003

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) has announced it will conduct a one-day case law seminar in May in San Francisco and Long Beach. The program will examine trends in case law in light of the recent passage of AB 749, and discuss appropriate negotiation and defense strategies for claims personnel, attorneys, hearing reps, and others workers’ compensation professionals. CWCI general counsel Mike McClain is coordinating the program, the latest in the Institute’s case law seminar series that began five years ago. McClain noted, “With AB 749 now in effect, workers’ comp claims and legal professionals need to take a fresh look at the impact of case law in areas such as earnings and benefit calculations, new WCAB rules—including the benefit printout rule, the increased threat of penalties, and medical lien litigation. Our faculty has experience from both the applicant and defense sides, so we’ll again use a debate-style format to showcase different views on recent rulings and to provide practical strategies for those trying to deliver benefits or defend claims.” The Institute will present its seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wed., May 7 at the Sheraton Palace in San Francisco, and Fri., May 9 at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. The cost is $295 for CWCI nonmembers, $195 for member company employees. CWCI members registering three or more attendees together with a single payment postmarked or transmitted by April 18 are eligible for a discounted rate of $175 per person. The fee includes course materials and lunch. Space is limited, so registrations will be on a first-come first-served basis. Details and registration forms can be accessed on CWCI’s Web site ( or by calling Mel Long at 510-663-1063.

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