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Sim Hoffman, M.D. Defense Sends Petition To The Supreme Court On Recent Appeals Court Ruling
By Lonce Lamonte - January 21, 2018

Dr. Sim Hoffman, the radiologist from Buena Park, who’s being prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s office for egregious workers’ compensation billing fraud, for going on seven years now, has petitioned the California Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals November 7, 2017 decision on his demurrer.

This is another flagrant delay tactic by Hoffman’s defense team.

On November 7th 2017, the California Court of Appeal, the Fourth Appellate District, Division Three in Santa Ana published their ruling in favor of the Orange County Superior Court and the real parties of interest—deputy district attorneys Shaddi Kamiabipour and Yvette Patko.  This ruling upheld Superior Court Judge Richard King’s denial of Hoffman’s demurrer, which attacked the prosecution’s pleading document which aggregated multiple “acts” or billings, into the same count.   These multiple acts which represent the numerous individual billings to the workers’ compensation payers, were all considered one offense by the prosecution.  The Superior Court ruled that they could do that, and the Court of Appeal upheld that decision.  According to the rules for pleading, only one offense can be charged in a single count.  But the defense has been arguing, ad nauseum, that these different acts represent different offenses.  Defenses in many other cases have been following this argument.

Workers comp sector leads in insurer financial impairments: Best: Business Insurance   December 12, 2017

The U.S. workers compensation industry experienced more financial impairments during a 17-year period from 2000-2016 than any other property/casualty line of business, according to an A.M. Best Co. Inc. special report released Tuesday.


California Division of Workers' Compensation Invites Physicians and Pharmacists to Apply for Appointment to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
By Lonce Lamonte and the California Department of Industrial Relations - January 17, 2018

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) invites California licensed physicians (medical doctors ...

Mark Montgomery, M.D., A Hand Surgeon Who Operated On Workers' Compensation Patients, Dies In The Montecito Mudslide
By Lonce Lamonte - January 15, 2018

Mark Truslow Montgomery, M.D., a well-known and well-liked hand surgeon who regularly performed hand surgery...

New Judge For Landmark Case Not Yet Assigned. Case Will Stall As The Honorable Thomas Goethals Moves To His Bench At Fourth District Court Of Appeal.
By Lonce Lamonte - January 14, 2018

The Honorable Thomas Goethals finally took to the bench at ten minutes before 10 AM on Friday, January...


The Day Of The Dead, When The Living And The Dead Party Together.
By Jorge Alexandria - October 31, 2017

One day in 1987, when I was in uniform as an Army medic – part of the 3rd Infantry Divisi...


Christine Harris Moves To AIMs In Sacramento. She embarks on handling the claims for the judicial branch of the California workers' compensation program.
By Lonce LaMon - June 1, 2017

Last month Christine Harris joined AIMs in Sacramento, California as a senior workers’ compensation ...


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