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Rail Design Led to Deadliness of New York Train-SUV Crash

Federal investigators have concluded that a fiery crash between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the suburbs in 2015 was extra deadly because of an unusual rail design, a U.S. official told The Associated Press …

Aid Sought for Crumbling Basements as Homeowners Ask for Federal Probe

While legislators still don’t have a deal on a new state budget, one key senator says there’s agreement on creating a new fund to help thousands of homeowners whose concrete foundations are crumbling because of a naturally occurring chemical reaction. …

NYC Official Wants State Panel to Probe Wrongful Convictions

A top Brooklyn, N.Y., politician pressed the state Tuesday to set up a special commission to investigate wrongful convictions and pinpoint the problems – and people –  to blame. “Releasing innocent people is not the end. It is only the …

Connecticut Homeowners Dispute With Insurers Hinges on Definition of Collapse

Connecticut residents whose home foundations are crumbling are facing a perplexing problem with their insurance policies: The damage won’t be covered unless their homes collapse. More than two dozen insurance companies being sued in federal court by 40 homeowners recently …

Connecticut Town Wants Sandy Hook Wrongful Death Dismissed

The Connecticut town of Newtown and its Board of Education asked a judge to throw out the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two children killed during the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012. The lawsuit, filed in …

Massachusetts Senate Bill Calls for Hands-Free Cellphone Use by Drivers

The Massachusetts Senate is considering a bill that would require drivers to put down their cellphones while behind the wheel. Under the measure scheduled for debate on Thursday, motorists would only be allowed to use their cellphones, or other electronic …

New Jersey Judge Won’t Close Beach Where Sand Gave Way Causing 3 Deaths

A New Jersey judge is refusing to order the closure of a beach where three people died when the sand gave way beneath them as they walked near the water’s edge. In a ruling issued Monday, Superior Court Judge Julio …

Massachusetts Compounding Pharmacy Boss Gets 9 Years for Meningitis Outbreak

The co-owner of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy deemed responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a national meningitis outbreak tearfully apologized to the victims on Monday and was sentenced to nine years in prison, far less than the victims …

Family of NJ Train Crash Victim Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of a woman killed when a New Jersey Transit commuter train slammed into a station last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against the agency. Fabiola Bittar de Kroon’s family is seeking unspecified compensatory damages in …

Maine Supreme Court Discusses Allocating Between Covered and Uncovered Claims

In Harlor v. Amica Mut. Ins. Co., 2016 ME 161, 150 A.3d. 798 (2016), the court held that when an insurance company breaches its duty to defend, the insurer has the burden of allocating settlements reached by its insured and …

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