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COMPACT, is a quarterly publication of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry that provides workers' compensation related department news and case information.

2016

February


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February 2016

  • Dr. Ernest Lampe is DLI's new medical consultant

  • Mileage rate downshifts to 54 cents a mile

  • Rehabilitation Review Panel seeks new members

  • Workers' compensation costs trend downward

  • Office of Workers' Compensation Ombudsman:  Program continues to
    assist injured workers, small businesses

  • Reconciliation, final determination of 2014 SCF assessment 'true-up'

  • Berry, Zaidman detail Minnesota's workers' compensation database

  • CompFact:  Indemnity claim patterns in K-12 schools

  • Follow filing rules to avoid form rejection:  DLI can reject documents lacking necessary information

  • Fax number change:  Special Compensation Fund

  • Two annual reports updated, available online

    • Collection and Assessment of Fines and Penalties in the Workers' Compensation System
    • Prompt First Action Report on Workers' Compensation Claims in the Workers' Compensation System
  • Ask the ADR pro

  • Training opportunities for adjusters, rehabilitation providers, employers

  • Miore resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2015

     

May


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May 2016

  • Overview of the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council bill:  HF 2478; Laws of Minnesota 2016, Chapter 110

  • Commissioner seeks new members for medical board, rehabilitation panel

  • 2015 professional conduct complaints against registered rehabilitation providers

  • Ombudsman helps small businesses navigating the workers' compensation system

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • Request for comments:  Possible rules governing workers' compensation medical services and fees, rules of practice and penalties; Minnesota Rules, chapters 5220 and 5221

  • Workers' compensation cost-savings payment system took effect Jan. 1

  • WCRI report compares Minnesota with 17 other states

  • OSHA recordkeeping training offered June 17:  Reviewing the basics

  • CompFact:  Rate of denial of primary liability higher for low-wage workers

  • Part one:  Understanding the dispute certification process

  • Updated opioid-use model contract spells out patient, provider agreement

  • Helpful workers' compensation information sheets available online

  • Training opportunities for adjusters, rehabilitation providers, employers

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2016

     

August


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August 2016

  • Annual Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report released:  Long-term downward trend continues for number of workers' compensation claims, costs of insurance premiums

  • DLI interns gain experience working throughout the agency

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2016

  • Notice of incorporation by reference of relative value tables

  • DLI's involvement in international workers' compensation association

  • OSHA recordkeeping training offered Oct. 21:  Reviewing the basics

  • Office of the Workers' Compensation Ombudsman

  • Results of 2016 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • Making timely permanent partial disability benefit payments

  • CompFact:  Law enforcement injuries due to assaults, contact with people

  • Part two:  Understanding the dispute certification process

  • National association focused on workplace laws has annual meeting

  • Part one:  Results of DLI survey of attorneys' use of mediation services

  • DLI's Duluth office available for workers' compensation mediation sessions

  • Workers' compensation events calendar

  • Request for comments:  Possible amendments to rules regulating reasonable medical record cost reimbursement; Minnesota Rules, part 5219.0300

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  April through July 2016

November


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November 2016

  • Workers' compensation costs continue to trend downward

  • Pricing inpatient hospital bills for dates of service Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016

  • Reminder:  2015 Special Compensation Fund assessment 'true-up'

  • Request for comments:  Possible amendments to rules regulating reasonable medical record cost reimbursements; Minnesota Rules, part 5219.0300

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • Request for comments:  Possible amendments to rules governing workers' compensation vocational rehabilitation; Minnesota Rules, Chapter 5220

  • Statistics shine spotlight on worker safety indicators

  • Rehabilitation Review Board seeks new member

  • Worksites, other organizations can apply for Heart Safe designation

  • Department of Labor and Industry expands electronic capabilities

  • Turn to Office of Workers' Compensation Ombudsman for help with claims

  • Report compares Minnesota medical payments, utilization with 17 other states

  • Estimated injury, illness incidence rates for 2015 now available

  • CompFact:  Age increase may have passed its peak

  • Workers' compensation events calendar

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2016

 



2015

February


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February 2015

  • Two annual reports update, online:  Collection and Assessment of Fines and Penalties report; Prompt First Action Report on Workers' Compensation Claims

  • Save the dates:  Work Comp Summit is June 17 and 18, 2015, in Brainerd, Minnesota

  • Kris Eiden, DLI Deputy Commissioner, succumbs to cancer

  • Rehabilitation Review Panel seeks new members

  • Training:  Orientation session for rehabilitation providers Aug. 19

  • Reconciliation and final determination of 2013 SCF assessment 'true-up'

  • Chris Leifeld to lead Workers' Compensation Division as assistant commissioner

  • Ask the ADR Pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • CompFact:  Settlements and permanent partial disability levels

  • Avoid headaches, fines:  file NOID forms in a timely manner

  • Mileage rate shifts up a cent-and-a-half

  • Professional conduct complaints about rehabilitation providers

  • Department of Labor and Industry experts available for speaking engagements

  • Basic Adjuster Training 2015:  March 26 and 27; May 6 and 7; Sept. 24 and 25

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2014

 

May


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May 2015

  • Legislature approves workers' compensation cost-savings measure

  • A section-by-section overview: 2015 workers' compensation legislation; Workers' Compensation Advisory Council Bill -- H.F. 2193 (Laws of Minnesota 2015, chapter 43)

  • Workers' Compensation Summit -- Keeping Minnesota Safe and Healthy -- June 17 and 18

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • DLI's experts are ready to help

  • Recordkeeping:  introductory-level training offered July 15

  • Training:  Orientation session for rehabilitation providers Aug. 19

  • Rehabilitation Review Panel seeks new regular, alternate members ommissioner

  • Ask the ADR Pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • CompFact:  Patterns of service costs by vocational rehabilitation outcome

  • Basic Adjuster Training 2015:  Sept. 24 and 25

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2015

 

August


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August 2015

  • Workers' compensation rule update:  opioid medications, ICD-10-CM

  • Kenneth Kimber, mediator, joins DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Introductory-level recordkeeping training:  Webinar offered for recordkeepers outside Twin Cities

  • 2015 summit a success, thanks to speakers, attendees, venue

  • New, improved Notice of Benefit Payment form online

  • Withdrawing from a workers' compensation rehabilitation file and the role of the Vocational Rehabilitation unit

  • 2013 Workers' Compensation System Report released

  • Results of 2015 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2015

  • Ask the ADR pro

  • CompFact:  Interplay of file duration, vocational rehabilitation, settlements

  • Expo to showcase new workers' compensation technology

  • Basic adjuster training 2015:  Sept. 24 and 25

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2015

November


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November 2015

  • PTD benefits cannot be reduced by non-Social-Security retirement benefits

  • Updates to forms, online submission tools

  • New feature for online filed dispute forms

  • Changes and updates to fillable forms

  • New, improved online Rehabilitation Plan Amendment form

  • McCrea, Vogel named unit directors for Workers' Compensation Division

  • DLI demonstrates applications, tutorial videos at Work Comp Tech Expo

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • Avoid penalties:  Guidelines about when to file a FROI form

  • New accident reporting requirements effective; workplace poster updated

  • Mediator David Bateson joins Alternative Dispute Resolution unit

  • 2014 workplace fatality statistics released

  • WCRI report compares Minnesota medical payments, utilization with 16 other states

  • Rehabilitation provider orientation -- offered Feb. 12 and Aug. 25, 2016

  • Minnesota workers' compensation seminar -- offered March 17 and May 12, 2016

  • A balance of business and labor:  Advisory council works with DLI on workers' compensation matters

  • CompFact:  Workers' compensation indemnity claim characteristics in agriculture

  • Start 2016 on the 'right' foot:  Recordkeeping training offered in January

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2015



2014

February


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February

  • Department expediting transition to ICD-10 coding system

  • Patient Advocate Program:  update, spreading news about service

  • New online process available for submissions of annual claim reimbursements

  • Several workers' compensation rehabilitation forms revised

  • DLI Dashboard shows agency performance indicators

  • Workers' compensation cost turns upward from recent low-point

  • Mileage rate falls a half-cent

  • Litigating disputed medical requests with potential intervenor issues at DLI

  • DLI studies effectiveness, costs of potential reforms, barriers within work comp system

  • Professional conduct complaints about rehabilitation providers

  • Workers' compensation claim characteristics brochure updated

  • Two annual reports updated, available online

  • Department of Labor and Industry experts available for speaking engagements

  • EDI, eFROI news and updates:  Business process changes following Jan. 1 mandate of electronic filing of first report of injury

  • CompFact:  Northeastern Minnesota is home to large percentage of supplementary benefits recipients

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Basic adjuster training 2014:  March 26 and 27, May 14 and 15, Oct. 6 and 7

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2013


May


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May

  • Summary:  2014 workers' compensation bill signed into law

  • Musielewicz is new DLI workers' compensation ombudsman

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • Second requests for information to be sent to 'claim manager'

  • Form reform:  Using clear, understandable language makes it easier for all; Notice of Intention to Discontinue Workers' Compensation Benefits -- NOID

  • Attention construction contractors:  What you don't know about workers' compensation can hurt you

  • Department of Labor and Industry experts available for speaking engagements

  • EDI, eFROI news and updates:  Reminder of business process changes following Jan. 1, 2014, mandate of electronic filing of the First Report of Injury

  • 2014 Rehabilitation Update Conference:  Unlocking Barriers to Success -- conference and video-stream event

  • New documents for injured workers explain dispute, settlement, hearing processes

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • 2012 Workers' Compensation System Report to be released

  • New video:  How to get your medical bills paid in workers' compensation

  • CompFact:  Injury severity, settlements affect vocational rehabilitation measures

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Basic adjuster training 2014:  Oct. 6 and 7

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2014

August


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August

  • 'True-up' adjustment added to Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • Office of Workers' Compensation Ombudsman:  Providing advice, assistance for people navigating the work comp system

  • Helpful resource:  General information sheets from DLI's General Counsel

  • Results of 2013 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2014

  • CompFact:  Using work comp claims to complete the OSHA 300 log can cause problems

  • ADR welcomes three new mediators to its ranks

  • Back to school:  Training opportunities for employers, rehabilitation providers

  • Take our website survey (no longer available)

  • 2014 Rehabilitation Update Conference:  Unlocking Barriers to Success

  • Basic adjuster training 2014:  Oct. 6 and 7

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2014

 

November


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November

  • Ebola:  Ensuring workplace safety for those who may have contact

  • Update about ICD-10 implementation for workers' compensation

  • Start 2015 off right:  Recordkeeping training offered in January

  • WCRI report compares Minnesota medical payments, utilization with 15 other states

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • 2013 workplace fatality statistics released

  • CompFact -- Concussions:  fact or fad? A headache for workers' compensation

  • Reminder:  2013 Special Compensation Fund assessment 'true-up'

  • Basic adjuster training 2015:  March 26 and 27; May 6 and 7; Sept. 24 and 25

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists, rulemaking lists

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2014



2013

February


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February

  • Department of Labor and Industry sets five-year goals, strategies

  • DLI Dashboard shows agency performance indicators

  • DLI reviews processes to cut waste, speed up response times

  • Mileage rate rises

  • Save the date:  2013 Workers' Compensation Summit

  • Information sheet:  What injured workers should know about lumbar fusion surgery as a treatment for degenerative disc disease

  • Department revises FROI form, EDI implementation guide

  • Request for comments:  Possible amendments to rules governing workers' compensation treatment parameters rules related to spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal drug delivery systems

  • Professional conduct complaints:  rehabilitation providers

  • Vocational Rehabilitation unit helps injured workers get back to work

  • 2012 updates to annual department reports released

  • DLI-commissioned report recommends reimbursement cost controls

  • How to report a workplace accident for workers' comp, OSHA

  • Settlements, hearings survey report now available

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty email lists

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • CompFact:  Duration of indemnity claims by industry

  • Basic Adjuster Training 2013:  dates, location, topics and more

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2012

 

May


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May

  • Testing begins for new EDI trading partners

  • Workers' compensation bill passes; enhanced benefit, cost containment, housekeeping items

  • Facts about fusion

  • New online process streamlines submission of Medical, Rehabilitation Request/Response forms

  • 100 years of workers' compensation in Minnesota; 100 years of helping injured workers get back to work

  • Save the date:  2013 Workers' Compensation Summit; exhibitor and sponsor opportunities

  • Directors bring experience, knowledge to Workers' Compensation Division

  • CompFact:  Vocational rehabilitation utilization

  • Coverage requirements highlighted for businesses, organizations

  • Open an account with workers' compensation file review

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty and rulemaking email lists

  • Updated brochures available:  Work comp claim characteristics; general industry, logging industry

  • Watch the website:  Fall 2013 possible out-of-state training opportunities

  • Basic Adjuster Training 2013:  Two two-day sessions remain

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2013

 

August


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August

  • Summary: 2013 workers' compensation session law

  • Office of Workers' Compensation Ombudsman; Help for injured workers, small businesses

  • Register now! 2013 Workers' Compensation Summit

  • Workers' compensation cost shows slight uptick for 2011

  • Facts about fusion

  • Workers' compensation training expands to reach more employers

  • Results of 2013 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • EDI, eFROI news and updates

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2013

  • New online process available for submission of dispute certification requests

  • Compensation rates as of Oct. 1, 2013

  • Notice of incorporation by reference of relative value tables

  • CompFact:  Duration of indemnity claims by worker age

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty and rulemaking email lists

  • Subscribing to "COMPACT"

  • Fall 2013 training opportunities:  adjuster training in Minnesota; adjuster training in the Chicago and Kansas City areas

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2013

 

November


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November

  • New DLI program helps injured workers explore low-back treatment options

  • Required employee guide updated

  • 2013 law amendments:  Scheduling vocational rehabilitation conferences

  • WCRI report compares Minnesota with 15 other states

  • Summing up the Summit

  • Compensation for rehabilitation services

  • Department revising the R-2, R-3 and R-8 rehabilitation forms

  • Request for comments:  Possible rules governing long-term use of opioids or other scheduled medication, Minnesota Rules 5221.6600

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • Number of workers' compensation claims, cost of injurance premiums continues to drop; annual Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report released

  • Workplace fatality statistics released; injury, illness rates to follow

  • EDI, eFROI news and updates:  Mandatory electronic filing of the First Report of Injury as of Jan. 1, 2014

  • Department of Labor and Industry experts available for speaking engagements

  • CompFact:  Size of stipulated benefits varies by worker age

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, specialty and rulemaking email lists

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2013




2012

February


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February

  • Save the dates 2012:  Workers' compensation summit; rehabilitation provider update conferences

  • Corrections:  mileage rate; chart error

  • CompFact:  Return-to-work increases for 2011 vocational rehabilitation closures

  • Changes for two DLI Vocational Rehabilitation unit offices

  • Report compares Minnesota to other systems by state

  • Workers' compensation cost declines from 2004 to 2010

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, email lists

  • 2011 updates to annual reports released:  Collection and Assessment of Fines and Penalties report; Prompt First Action Report on Workers' Compensation Claims

  • Updated brochure available:  Work comp claim characteristics

  • Basic adjuster training 2012:  April 23 and 24; June 14 and 15; Oct. 30 and 31

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2011

 

May


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May

  • Register today -- Summit focuses on current workers' compensation issues, solutions

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • 2010 Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report released

  • Study will analyze department's workers' compensation data

  • Compliance, Records and Training -- What's in a name?

  • Fun facts about Compliance, Records and Training

  • Post office box change for workers' compensation legal material mail

  • CompScope report shows Minnesota's medical treatment price trends

  • VRU:  Successful placement outcomes

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, email lists

  • DLI review:  Work comp medical payment denials, reductions

  • CompFact:  Top five events leading to the most indemnity benefits

  • Basic adjuster training 2012:  June 14 and 15; Oct. 30 and 31

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2012

 

August


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August 2012

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2012

  • Independent contractors:  New law requires registration for some contractors

  • Year in review:  New ombudsman program helps injured workers, small businesses

  • CompFact:  Vocational rehabilitation utilization by industry

  • Successful summit showcased knowledge, expertise

  • Settlement and hearings survey update

  • Minnesota Workplace Safety Report available

  • Results of 2012 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • Reengineering Rehabilitation for Tomorrow:  Rehabilitation update conference 2012

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, email lists

  • Basic Adjuster Training 2012:  Oct. 30 and 31

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2012

 

November


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November 2012

  • Mandatory EDI/eFROI implementation

  • Request for comments:  Possible amendments to rules governing workers' compensation rules of practice related to electronic filing of First Reports of Injury; Minnesota Rules, 5220.2510 to 5220.2960, Revisor's I.D. number: R-4134

  • Health care providers and payers:  electronic billing, payment transactions

  • Ask the ADR pro:  DLI's Alternative Dispute Resolution unit answers frequently asked questions

  • CompFact:  Trends in non-Minnesota residents receiving indemnity benefits

  • Change in copy costs takes effect January 2013

  • Workers' compensation system cost near all-time low in 2011

  • Workers' Compensation Advisory Council welcomes four new members

  • Workes' compensation coverage for family farms

  • State's mandatory workplace posters simplified, translated, easier to print

  • State's fatal work-injuries decrease in 2011

  • Decoding encrypted email from the department

  • More resources from DLI:  newsletters, email lists

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2012

 



2011

February


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February

  • Ken Peterson appointed as new DLI commissioner

  • Kris Eiden named deputy commissioner; Gary Hall returns as assistant commissioner

  • 2010 updates to annual reports released:  Collection and Assessment of Fines and Penalties report; Prompt First Action Report on Workers' Compensation Claims

  • Updated brochure available:  work comp claims characteristics

  • Dispute issue tracking study:  Third report focuses on claim petition disputes

  • Year in review:  Professional conduct complaints involving rehabilitation providers, 2010

  • CompFact -- Retail hiring makes imprint on work comp claims

  • Rehabilitation plan forms updated, available now

  • Mileage reimbursement rate adjustment

  • Basic adjuster training -- two two-day sessions in 2011

  • Court decisions:  October through December 2010

 

May


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May

  • Electronic service of notices of attorneys

  • From the State Register:  Provider participation list available

  • CompFact -- The advancing tide of older workers

  • CompScope report shows Minnesota's relative standing

  • Tips from the trenches:  Forms, faxing, statutes and rules

  • Court decisions:  January through March 2011

 

August


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August

  • Legislature adopts advisory council recommendations

  • Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report, 2009

  • Adopted exempt amendments to workers' compensation rules

  • Updates of note: mileage rate rises, authorization form revised

  • Rehabilitation Review Panel seeks new members

  • Mandatory coverage: Enforcement actions rise dramatically

  • The name game: DLI's CSI to SCF, BMR to ADR, DMT to CRT

  • State's fatal work-injuries increase in 2010

  • New benefit and provider fee levels effective October 2011

  • Study finds Minnesota drug costs relatively low

  • Results of 2011 Special Compensation Fund assessment

  • DLI launches work comp ombudsman program

  • Basic adjuster training 2011:  Oct. 27 and 28

  • Court decisions:  April through June 2011

 

November


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November

  • Decoding encrypted email from the department

  • Rehabilitation Review panel seeks new members

  • CompFact:  More TTD means TPD more likely

  • 'Oh darn, what were those department email notices again?'

  • Workers' compensation coverage for farms

  • Survey shows Minnesota workplace injury rate near all-time low

  • Basic adjuster training 2012:  April 23 and 24; June 14 and 15; Oct. 30 and 31

  • Court decisions:  July through September 2011

 



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