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New York Comptroller Wants Railroads to Increase Oil Spill Insurance

New York state’s comptroller urged federal authorities Tuesday to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is administrator of New York’s $40 million Oil …

Strict Statutory Compliance Required to Enforce Named Insured Exclusion in Connecticut

By statute, automobile liability insurance companies are barred from excluding coverage for personal injuries caused to a named insured under Connecticut law. See, Conn. Gen. Stat. (Rev. to 2009) ยง 38a-335(d). However, the Connecticut statute contains an exception which permits …

Suit Pits Archdiocese vs. Insurer in Connecticut Priest Sex Abuse Cases

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has taken its dispute with an insurance company to trial, seeking reimbursement of more than $1 million in payments made to settle sexual misconduct cases involving priests and minors. Testimony began Friday in a …

Maine Fire Marshal Says Hayride Regulations Not Feasible

A working group set up after a fatal haunted hayride accident has concluded there’s little the state can do to improve the safety of hayrides and other farm-based amusements. Maine, like many states, has no law regulating farm amusements or …

Federal Jury Says Security Firm Isn’t Liable for $60M Prescription Drug Heist

A security company isn’t liable for the theft of more than $60 million worth of prescription drugs from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s warehouse in Connecticut six years ago, a federal jury in Florida says. Eli Lilly’s insurer, the National Union …

New York Court Reinstates Widow’s Suit Over Husband’s Televised Death

New York’s highest court on Thursday reinstated a widow’s lawsuit over a television documentary featuring her husband’s treatment and death at a New York hospital. The Court of Appeals ruled the suit alleging breach of doctor-patient confidentiality can continue against …

Guilty of Embezzlement, Ex-QBE Exec Sentenced to Year and a Half in Prison

A former executive of QBE Insurance Group was sentenced on Thursday to 1-1/2 years in prison for conspiring to embezzle $2.6 million from the insurance company, some of which he used to buy a house and luxury vehicles. James Shea, …

New York’s Demand for Digital Prescriptions Leaves Doctors With Mixed Feelings

The scribbled, cryptic doctor’s prescription is headed toward eradication in New York, where the nation’s toughest paperless-prescribing requirement takes effect this month. Instead of handing patients slips of paper, physicians soon must electronically send orders directly to pharmacies for everything …

Report Suggests More Planning Needed for New Hampshire Coastal Hazards

A report says New Hampshire’s coastal communities’ exposure to future flood risks is significant, and now’s the time to plan to minimize that. The New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission spent 2 1/2 years looking at areas vulnerable to …

Tax Still Carries Johnstown’s Name 80 years After St. Patrick’s Day Flood

Long after Johnstown’s rivers receded in 1936, a so-called “temporary” liquor tax to aid the city’s recovery has remained – even though it has been nearly 80 years since it’s been used to benefit Johnstown or any statewide flood relief. …

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