Workers’ Compensation News - August 14, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 22

California Court Finds Exclusivity Rule Did Not Bar A Malicious Prosecution Action Against Liberty Mutual
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Caption: Jumpp v. City of Ventnor
Trip to the post office noncompensable deviation
PORITZ, C.J., writing for a majority of the Court. In this case, the Court determines whether a city worker, whose daily activities required him to visit various sites within the city's boundaries, is eligible for workers' compensation benefits when he was accidentally injured during the workday but while on a personal errand.

-Senator To Hold Meeting On Asbestos Litigation Next Week
PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., is set to hold a meeting next week in Philadelphia to address problems that remain with the proposed $108 billion asbestos national trust fund legislation, sources told Mealey Publications.
The closed-door meeting, scheduled for Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 in the chambers of Judge Edward Becker of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, will address several unresolved points of S. 1125, the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2003, and focus on understanding the changes in the legislation in an effort to create compromises on the issues still in debate, the sources said.

-Halliburton May Be Forced To Renegotiate Asbestos Deal
Halliburton Co. said rising asbestos claims may keep it from completing a deal to settle its mounting asbestos litigation as negotiated in December.