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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 2. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board--Rules and Practice Procedure
Article 5. Pleadings

New Query

§10490. Demurrer, Judgment on the Pleadings, and Summary Judgment Not Permitted; Unintelligible Pleadings.

Demurrers, petitions for judgment on the pleadings, and petitions for summary judgment are not permitted. A continuance may be granted upon timely request and upon such terms as may be reasonable under the circumstances or may be ordered by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board on its own motion if:

(a) a pleading is so uncertain, unintelligible or ambiguous as to render it impossible for the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board to understand or act upon it; or

(b) any party is prejudiced by omission or ambiguity of necessary allegations sufficient to prevent that party from adequately presenting a cause of action or defense.


Authority cited: Sections 133 and 5307, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5500 and 5708, Labor Code.


1. Amendment of section heading and section filed 12-19-2002; operative 1-1-2003. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2002, No. 51).


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