In local news:

In a seventeen-page opinion rendered October 19th, the First Circuit Court of Appeals decided the Barber case, which has been stewing for several years and sought permanent injunctions against a range of Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) procedures. The case centered around five areas in which the plaintiffs argued that workers’ constitutional rights had been violated. The first was with respect to procedural and substantive due process in the system; the second was automatic tacit denial of medical care; the third was variance procedures and how medical evidence is found and graded; fourth was treatment not covered by the Medical Treatment Guidelines; and the fifth is judicial independence and separation of powers. In the opinion authored by Judge Guidry, the only area where the plaintiffs prevailed was that of judicial independence.

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