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Workers' Comp

[04/15] Hallock v. Koubek
In a suit arising out of a car accident, denial of defendant's motion for summary judgment is reversed where, in light of certified questions answered by the New York Court of Appeals, a party in plaintiffs' position may not pursue a third-party contribution claim under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 388 against the owner of a vehicle where the vehicle driver's negligence was a cause of the plaintiff's injuries, but the driver is insulated from lawsuit by the exclusive remedy provisions of New York's Workers' Compensation Law section 29(6).

[04/14] Global Hawk Ins. Co. v. Le
In an suit brought by a truck driver who sustained injuries in an accident during a cross-country trip, summary judgment in favor of employer's insurance carrier are reversed where the trial court erroneously ignored pertinent facts in the case and held that the definition of employee in certain federal regulations, which are not mentioned in the insurance policy, controlled.

[04/01] Peabody Coal Company v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
A petition for review of a decision of the Benefits Review Board ordering petitioner to pay a coal miner's surviving spouse benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act of 1972 is denied, where: 1) the administrative law judge (ALJ) did not violate the Administrative Procedure Act by considering the regulatory preamble to the Black Lung Benefits Act in his decision awarding benefits; 2) a preamble may be used to give an ALJ understanding of a scientific or medical issue, and the ALJ properly considered the regulatory preamble to evaluate conflicting expert medical opinions; and 3) the ALJ's award of benefits was supported by substantial evidence.

[03/27] Isabella v. Koubek
In a case arising from an automobile accident, the answer to the question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is: A defendant may not pursue a third-party contribution claim under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 388 against the owner of a vehicle, where the vehicle driver's negligence was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff's injuries, but the driver is protected from suit by the exclusive remedy provisions of New York Workers' Compensation Law section 29 (6).

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