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Judge Grants Prosecution's Motion To Dismiss All Remaining Counts In Indictments For Active Defendants In Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah Case In Downtown Los Angeles. Prosecution Refiles With Three New Complaints.
By Lonce LaMon - March 20, 2017

The Honorable Kathleen Kennedy, in the Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah case in downtown Los Angeles, allowed the prosecution to dismiss all the counts from the two indictments filed in 2015 against the participating defendants. Just on Thursday morning, March 16th, she granted the prosecution’s motion to dismiss.

The prosecution has refiled the case as three felony complaints against 12 defendants.  The DA’s office decided not to refile against Dr. David Johnson, who is an octogenarian in ill health.  It was stated in court Thursday that Dr. Johnson just had a tracheotomy.  18 months ago, he appeared in court in a wheel chair, and was represented 977 by his lawyer, Amanda Touchton, every hearing after that.  He has suffered from stomach cancer and sundry other maladies.

San Diego Owner Of Janitorial Company Servicing Hotels Pleads Guilty To Workers' Compensation And Employee Tax Fraud. Stipulates To Eight-Year Prison Sentence
By Lonce LaMon - March 19, 2017

The owner of a San Diego janitorial company pleaded guilty on March 14th to seven felonies for workers’ compensation premium and employment tax fraud.   Hyok Kwon, owner of Good Neighbor Services, serviced some of San Diego’s most exclusive hotels, and some in Los Angeles and Riverside counties, such as The Hotel Del Coronado, Loews Coronado, La Costa Resort and Spa, The Grand Del Marin La Jolla, L’Auberge Del Mar, The Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, The Hilton, and Hyatt Hotel chains. 

California Division of Workers' Compensation Issues Notice of Public Hearing for Drug Formulary Regulations
By California Division of Workers' Compensation - March 17, 2017

The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has issued a notice of public hearing on May 1 for the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Drug Formulary regulations, which includes a list of preferred drugs that can be dispensed without the need for prospective utilization review. The proposed rulemaking implements Assembly Bill 1124 (Statutes 2015, Chapter 525), which mandated the adoption of an evidence-based workers’ compensation drug formulary into the MTUS by July 1, 2017.

“We must ensure that California’s injured workers are prescribed the right medications for their conditions without frictional system delays,” said George Parisotto, DWC Acting Administrative Director. DWC is a division of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).

Kelly Soo Park Wins In Federal Court Of Appeal Her Right To Sue Detective Karen Thompson For Violating Her Constitutional Rights. Case remanded back to District Court.
By Lonce LaMon - March 15, 2017

Yesterday, March 14th 2017, Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the Central District of California reversed the U.S. District Court’s dismissal of Kelly Soo Park’s Complaint against City of Santa Monica Police Detective Karen Thompson.  The case has now been remanded back to the District Court because the panel held that plaintiff, Park, adequately pleaded and alleged misconduct that consisted of substantial interference with a defense witness. This alleged misconduct was adverse to the Compulsory Process Clause of the Sixth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Kelly Soo Park, whom Detective Karen Thompson investigated and eventually got charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for the 2008 murder of aspiring actress and model, Julianna Redding, was found not-guilty by a jury on June 4th 2013.  After this trial, which relieved her of all culpability, Park filed a federal case against Detective Thompson for violating her constitutional rights.

Kelly Soo Park is presently a defendant in the Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah case of conspiracy and workers’ compensation insurance fraud in the very same court room, Department 109 on Temple Street, in downtown Los Angeles where she was tried for murder.  Park alleges that Karen Thompson violated her constitutional rights to compulsory process and a fair trial by intimidating and attempting to dissuade defense witness Melissa Ayala from testifying. Park also asserted that Thompson and Doe Defendants conspired to violate her civil rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 by trumping up criminal charges against Ayala with the intention that she invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify for Park.

The district court had dismissed both causes of action for failure to state a claim and to adequately plead sufficient facts in 2014.  Park then appealed. 

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March 2, 2017 - California DWC Posts Correction to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers)

February 28, 2017 - New and Amended Lien Filing Rules Filed With Secretary of State, Important for Lien Claimants Who Filed Before January 1, 2017

February 27, 2017 - Calif Dept of Workers' Compensation Posts Draft Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Regulatory Amendments to Online Forum for Public Comment

February 24, 2017 - Illinois Legislature Hearing Measure Spearheaded By Chicago Bears Over Former Players' Ability To Tap Workers Compensation After Career-Ending Injuries. Bears seek to cap certain payments to athletes at no older than 35 or five years after their injury.

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