The Human Side of Workers’ Compensation

Harold Frick
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Product Recall Seminar

Harold Frick

Citizens Insurance Company of America v. The United States

Roy Franco

Facts: No Fault Insurance Carrier, Citizens Insurance Company of American (Citizens) filed suit against the U.S. with respect to eight motorists injured before the Medicare Secondary Payer Act became effective on December 5, 1980.  Each of the injured motorists was covered by Medicare since 2005.  Citizens paid medical expenses for the injured motorists under the requirements of the Michigan No-Fault

Baumann v. American Family Mutual Insurance, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5247

Roy Franco

Facts: Plaintiff was struck by an underinsured motorist on February 5, 2010 and incurred over $200,000 in medical expenses.  Medicare was billed $101,202.98 of that expense and paid $19,523.40 in benefits.  Plaintiff, an insured under two separate automobile policies, issued by Defendant, sought reimbursement for her entire medical expense (more than $200,000) under her uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits.  Each policy provided

Product Recall – Global

Ian Harrison

Understanding Recall Issues A major recall in the food manufacturing and retailing sector was once a rare event guaranteed to make the news headlines. Not anymore. Hardly a week passes without some new eruption of salmonella, listeria, E. coli, or other noxious contaminants cropping up somewhere along the food production and distribution chain. When the source is far back along

Brazil Likely to Increase Barriers to Chinese

Ade Onitolo

On March 8, 2012, the Brazilian Ambassador to China, Clodoaldo Hugueney, declared that Brazil will intensify its protectionist measures on Chinese imports, which totalled $3 billion in January 2012. Brazil’s main protectionist instrument is anti-dumping safeguards that the government implements, rather than first going to the WTO. From the 90 antidumping cases currently in place, 31 are on Chinese goods.

Risks to Road Cargo in Brazil

Ade Onitolo

The main threat to cargo is highway robbery. According to NTC & Logística, the national association of cargo transport and logistics, there were 13,500 reported cases of cargo robbery in 2010 which resulted in losses of about $622 million. Just over 61% of all cargo in Brazil, much of it destined for export, is transported by road. The association itself

US-EU Organic Trade Agreement

Lori Hardaway

Good news for organic food producers!  Organic food trade between the United States and the European Union will be getting easier this summer.  The two countries have signed an agreement allowing products meeting the organic standards in one country to be sold in the other.  This mutually beneficial arrangement broadens the organic market without imposing further burdens on manufacturers creating

New Industry Standard Governs Safe Food From the Farm

Mark Kinzie

A new Technical Specification has been approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for detecting, managing, and controlling food safety hazards, beginning with the hygienic environment on the farm.  ISO/TS 22002-3:2011, Prerequisite Programs on Safe Food—Farming Part 3, provides specific requirements that guide the design, implementation and documentation of food safety programs on farms. This is the third in

Exclusive Analysis: Latin America

Ade Onitolo

Latin America is particularly busy with protest action that risks disrupting food supplies in specific locations. Here are just a few examples:  Bolivia Bolivia experiences frequent bouts of extremely disruptive racially and politically motivated unrest. Violent demonstrations and blockades occurred in December 2010 to overturn a fuel price increase decree, in February 2011 to protest against food shortages and transport