Sedgwick Persuades California Appellate Court to Declare Death Benefits Statute Unconstitutional
Los Angeles Partner Christina J. Imre successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal that a state law requiring payment of a workers' compensation death benefit to the estates of employees, who die without dependents, is unconstitutional. By striking down the Labor Code death-without-dependents statute, the opinion will save insurers and self-insured employers millions of dollars in duplicate and illegal payments.
Ms. Imre, initially retained to represent amici Zenith Insurance Company and the Association of California Insurance Companies, ultimately coordinated and directed the challenge on behalf of the industry. Given her expertise and the institutional implications, she was tapped to argue the case before the appellate court.