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Court Rules New Jersey Waterpark Visitor Paralyzed in Accident Can Sue

A New Jersey waterpark visitor who was partially paralyzed in an accident has had his lawsuit reinstated. Roy Steinberg says employees at Sahara Sam’s Oasis Water Park in West Berlin, Camden County, didn’t properly instruct him on safety on a …

Connecticut Pushes Safety as Farm Tourism Rises

With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors. Connecticut’s latest push comes after dozens of young children and …

Pennsylvania Councilman to Resign Amid Insurance Fraud Charges

A city councilman is resigning following charges he filed a false accident report and repeatedly changed his explanation for what happened. Lebanon councilman Tony Matula, 59, faces charges including insurance fraud, false reports to law enforcement and hit and run, …

Families Upset Over ‘Pokemon Go’ Stop at Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Site

Relatives of 100 people killed in a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire and survivors are upset that the site is a stop in “Pokemon Go.” The Associated Press learned of the Pokestop when visiting the site in West Warwick last …

Connecticut High Court Denies Wife’s Emotional Distress Workers’ Comp Claim

A Connecticut woman who found her 77-year-old husband crushed to death under an all-terrain vehicle when she brought him lunch at his job cannot sue his employer for severe emotional injuries she suffered, the state Supreme Court ruled recently. Justices …

Pennsylvania Steel Firm Denies Liability for 2013 Train Derailment

A Pennsylvania steel company named in a lawsuit over a fiery oil tanker train derailment near Casselton, N.D., says it should not be held liable for the 2013 accident. Standard Steel and BNSF are named in a complaint filed by …

Shooting Death of State Worker Sparks Call to Speed Up Workplace Safety

A year after a Vermont social worker was shot and killed outside a state office building, the state says it’s making security enhancements to buildings, but the employees’ union says Vermont hasn’t moved quickly enough to protect workers from violence. …

Engineering Firm Charged With Forging Sandy Reports

New York authorities charged a Long Island engineering firm and one of its former executives with forging damage reports for homes swamped by Hurricane Sandy, altering the documents in such a way that owners’ flood insurance claims were eventually denied. …

Sisters Injured in 2009 New Jersey Boat Collision Awarded $9.5M

Two sisters from New Jersey have received a $9.5 million jury award stemming from a 2009 boat collision that left them with serious injuries and killed one of their friends. Jamie and Gina Franzino, of Mahwah, were aboard a 15-foot …

New Jersey Pier Destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, Fire Might Be Done

A historic Jersey shore pier that was pummeled by Superstorm Sandy, then destroyed in a spectacular fire might finally be done in by building regulations. The owner of the former Funtown Pier says he won’t rebuild it if the town …

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