|Michael F. Easley, Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner
TO: All Interested Parties
FROM: Chairman Buck Lattimore
DATE: September 10, 2002
RE: Consolidated Freightways Corp.
Freightways Corp. has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The following information is the most current information available to
the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
have received reports that workers’ compensation benefits are not being paid
in all cases. Some claimants are
reporting receiving benefit checks that have not been honored.
Freightways was insured after October 1, 1996 in North Carolina.
The coverage history appears to be as follows:
October 1, 2000 to present
NC Insurance Guaranty Assoc.
October 1, 1996 to September 30, 2000
The NC Insurance Guaranty Association is successor in interest to Reliance Insurance Company. Reliance Insurance Company is in Liquidation.
Prior to October 1, 1996, Consolidated Freightways was owned by CNF, Inc. CNF, Inc was an approved self-insured in North Carolina. We have communicated with Debra F. Schramm, Director of Risk Management, CNF, Inc., who advises that CNF, Inc. will continue to pay claims during the period of self-insurance in normal course.
The North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association advises that all claims with an injury date during their coverage period, October 1, 1996 to September 30, 2000, will be processed. The NC Guaranty Association is retrieving Consolidated Trucking claim files. Persons with claims arising during the applicable period should contact:
William C. Delbridge
North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association
Post Office Box 176010
Raleigh, NC 27619-0610
For claims arising during the period of insurance
with USF&G, we have been notified that there was a temporary interruption in
workers’ compensation benefits due to a misunderstanding with Sedgwick Claims
Management, their third-party administrator. At this time, it is the Commission’s understanding that all
workers compensation benefits have been reinstated and medical providers should
be paid for all claims arising during the applicable period.
Individual plaintiffs should again contact Sedgwick with any questions
and if they are unable to resolve matters, they should contact Meg Felice at
Discovery Insurance Company at 1-800-878-2660, ext. 3130.
If any claimant does not receive benefits to which
they are lawfully entitled or should benefits awarded be suspended or terminated
for unexplained reasons, please notify the Industrial Commission.
Questions or concerns regarding Consolidated Freightways Corp. should be
directed to: Stephen T. Gheen,
Chief Deputy Commissioner, 919-807-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the volume of inquiries, email communication is requested if
possible, though not required.
The Industrial Commission website (www.comp.state.nc.us)
will be updated as needed with additional information.