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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 …

Massachusetts Crash Victim’s Family Starts Nonprofit to Aid Others

There are many ways for people to cope with loss, and for Beverly and George Savage, coping meant helping others in similar situations. “I had heard this saying, grief is love bottled up, and for me once you no longer …

Sandy Nightmares Worry NYC Planners, Barrier May Come too Late

The warming Atlantic Ocean has raised the risk of another Hurricane Sandy. And still, trillions of dollars of real estate and infrastructure near the shores of New York City and northern New Jersey remain vulnerable to devastation. A storm-surge barrier …

Tracy Morgan May Have to Testify in Ongoing Dispute Between Insurers and Walmart

Though a settlement in the deadly July 7, 2014, accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan was publicly announced two years ago, Walmart and its insurers continue to battle over its reimbursement. Morgan could be required to testify in the lawsuit between …

Massachusetts Bad Faith Statute Doesn’t Include Post-Judgment Interest in Multiplier

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held in Anderson v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. Pittsburgh, PA 476 Mass. 377, 67 N.E. 3d 1232 (2017) that post-judgment interest on a judgment against a driver and owner were not part of the …

Breaking Doctors of the Habit of Prescribing Opioids

Even doctors can be addicted to opioids, in a way: It’s hard to stop prescribing them. Melissa Jones is on a mission to break doctors of their habit, and in the process try to turn the tide of the painkiller …

New York City Carbon Monoxide Leak Sickens 32 People

A carbon monoxide leak in a building three blocks from the World Trade Center sickened 32 people and raised alarm that shuttered several busy blocks in lower Manhattan at the start of the workday Tuesday, authorities said. The problem ultimately …

Upstate New York Flood Areas Getting Portable Dams, $1M in State Aid

Water-filled portable dams are being deployed and $1 million in state funding will go toward emergency repairs to wastewater treatment systems in two flood-damaged Lake Ontario communities, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. A temporary emergency barrier system using water-filled dams …

$6.65M Settlement Reached in Connecticut Christmas House Fire That Killed 5

A Connecticut city will pay $6.65 million to settle one of three lawsuits filed by the family of three girls who died in a Christmas morning house fire that also killed their grandparents. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed when …

Many Sandy-Wrecked Towns Continue to Resist Dunes

In one of the largest beach repair projects in U.S. history, the federal government has begun dumping so much sand on a stretch of the New Jersey shore that it could fill a football stadium more than five times over. …

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