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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Maintains $750 Reporting Threshold

The SMART Act requires CMS to annually review the costs associated with the collection of Medicare conditional payments and set forth a threshold amount applicable to settlements, judgments, awards or other payments (TPOC amount) for which it would not seek recovery. The threshold amount for 2017 was $750. On November 3, 2017, CMS announced the […]

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SC Court of Appeals Affirms Rescission of Workers’ Compensation Policy Procured by Fraud

The South Carolina Court of appeals recently affirmed a decision by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission that allowed an insurance carrier to rescind a workers’ compensation policy of insurance that was fraudulently obtained with the intent of covering an injury that occurred earlier the same day but was not disclosed by the employers. In […]

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New Taxpayer ID & Mailing Address for the North Carolina Industrial Commission

New Taxpayer ID & Mailing Address for the North Carolina Industrial Commission New Taxpayer Identification Number Effective November 1, the NCIC’s Taxpayer Identification Number will be 56-1401519. Please make any checks to the Industrial Commission payable to Department of Insurance-Industrial Commission. New U.S. Mail Address Changes to NCIC Effective November 1, the NCIC’s Mail Service Center […]

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A Defendant’s Answer to Reptile Litigation

In today’s world of litigation strategy and tactics have evolved into more than putting your evidence on at trial and making good arguments on behalf of your clients to achieve the desired outcomes.  Occasionally, lawyers may retain jury consultants to help pick a jury that may be best suited to hear a particular case, but […]

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Reigning in the Parsons Presumption, Part II

In the Summer, 2016 Edition of this Publication, we addressed certain recent developments with regard to the “Parsons presumption.”  Since that time, a decision by the North Carolina Supreme Court and subsequent action taken by the General Assembly of North Carolina has further clarified the extent to which the “Parsons presumption” will be applied. By […]

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North Carolina Industrial Commission Makes Changes To Sanction Amounts

North Carolina Industrial Commission Changes Sanction Amount for Late Filing of Forms 60, 61, or 63 The North Carolina Industrial Commission has just announced that: Effective December 1, 2017, the following changes will go into effect for sanctions issued pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-18(j): The amount sanctioned upon Carriers/Employers for failing to file […]

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DOT/FMCSA – Noteworthy Updates

The long-awaited Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule takes effect 12/18/17. In August, a bill presented by Brian Babin (R-TX) to delay the ELD mandate quietly gained traction in Congress with 43 cosponsors, including high-ranking Kevin Brady (R-TX), and from outside Capitol Hill with the support of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). Babin ultimately withdrew the bill but offered […]

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NCAWA presents Judge Linda Stephens of Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe Outstanding Judge of the Year Award

North Carolina – August 30, 2017. Hedrick Gardner & Garofalo LLP is proud to announce that Judge Linda Stephens is the recipient of the NC Association of Women Attorney’s 2017 Outstanding Judge of the Year Award. With this award, Judge Stephens joins a distinct group of women who have been recognized by the NCAWA for […]

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Hedrick Gardner Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

North Carolina and South Carolina – August 15, 2017. Hedrick Gardner is pleased to announce that eighteen attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Additionally, Mel J. Garofalo was named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Charlotte Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers […]

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