Supreme Court to Hear Workers Compensation Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether state workers compensation system insurers may be sued when they withhold or cut off health-care benefits for work-related injuries while determining whether the treatment is reasonable and necessary.

The justices will have to determine in a Pennsylvania case whether the private companies that serve as insurers violate employees' due- process rights when they deny benefits without a prior hearing.

In other business-related action Tuesday, the court agreed to:

* Use a case involving the California Dental Association to clarify when such organizations' limits on the advertising engaged in by their members unlawfully harm competition.

The justices said they will hear the dental association's effort to revive limits on what dentists' ads can say about prices and quality of service. The Federal Trade Commission decided that the rules had the effect of barring even truthful advertising.

* Decide whether two of the nation's largest pension funds may sue Archer Daniels Midland for illegal acts that lowered the value of stock the funds own in the agribusiness giant.

The justices said they will use the ADM price-fixing dispute to resolve an important if procedural point on the right of shareholders to challenge settlements of court cases they never formally joined.

* Referee a dispute between the government and Haggar Clothing over import fees on pants assembled and given wrinkle-free treatment in Mexico. …