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Carpal comp rests on when symptoms arose (access required)

Workers’ compensation coverage for carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion conditions depends on whether symptoms arise suddenly or over time, under a Court of Appeals decision issued last week. Although the Supreme Court has denied compensation for repetitive trauma ...

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Koontz won't hear appeal (access required)

The dissent by then-Judge Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. in the workers’ comp case of McCutchan may provide cold comfort for employers. Koontz’s dissent disavowed the line of post-Piedmont cases recognizing carpal tunnel as an occupational disease. But his vote on ...

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Sentencing options are multiplying (access required)

Criminal-defense lawyers can offer new sentencing alternatives to some of their convicted clients under statutory changes that went into effect July 1. Defense lawyers must come up with a sentencing plan for plea negotiations or for a hearing, and “we ...

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Prior DUIs with flaws still count (access required)

During a repeat drunken-driving prosecution, a judge can consider a prior conviction where the defendant had no lawyer and served two days in jail, the en banc Court of Appeals has ruled. Even though the sentence may have been unconstitutional, ...

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