Angelotti/Lien Activation Fee Update

On Monday November 9, 2015, the injunction on the activation fee was lifted, giving non-exempt lien claimants until 11:59 P.M. on December 31, 2015 to pay the $100 activation fee or have their lien(s) summarily dismissed thereafter by operation of law.

The following text is now posted on the Division of Worker’ Compensation’s (DWC) public information case search page:

“Effective November 9, 2015 a.m. lien activation fees will be collected by the Division of Workers’ Compensation in compliance with the ruling issued by Judge George Wu of the US District Court for the Central District of California in the matter of Angelotti Chiropractic, Inc., et al v. Baker, et al.

Based on Judge Wu’s order, any affected lien claimant who filed a Declaration of Readiness or appears at a lien conference between November 9, 2015 and December 31, 2015 will be required to pay the activation fee if it has not previously been paid.

The order also provides that lien activation fees must be paid by December 31, 2015 or the affected lien will be dismissed by operation of law.  Activation fees will no longer be accepted after midnight on December 31, 2015.”

Lien claimants may pay the activation fee by going to the DWC’s lien activation search page.  By following this link, an individual may determine whether or not the activation fee has been paid on their lien and pay the requisite fee.

Another useful tool, developed by the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery (CSIMS), is the Lien Finder, where lien claimants may obtain a list of all of their liens which require payment of the activation fee.

For more information, see Judge Wu’s Order Vacating the Preliminary Injunction.