|For the Petitioner:
||For the Respondent:
||Robert A. Phillips (P58596)
BCBSM, Litigation Section
Mail Code #1925
600 Lafayette East
Detroit, MI 48226-2998
FAX (313) 225-6702
Issued and entered January 10, 2002 by Frank M. Fitzgerald, Commissioner
On December 5, 2001, the Administrative Law Judge issued his Proposal
for Decision. The Petitioner filed Exceptions.
The Petitioner defaulted by not appearing at the hearing. In doing so,
he waived his opportunity to have the dispute decided by the Commissioner
following a formal hearing. He did not present a sufficient justification
for the Administrative Law Judge to hear the case in Menominee County,
as he requested. Among other things, the expense of doing so would have
considerably exceeded the amount in dispute, which is less than $125.00.
The findings of fact in the Proposal for Decision respecting the default
are correct. The conclusions of law are supported by reasoned opinion.
for Decision is attached, adopted, and incorporated by reference into
this Final Decision, except for the finding and action respecting the
Review and Determination, which is not necessary for the disposition of
Therefore, it is ORDERED that this matter is dismissed