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Federal Officials Encouraging on Massachusetts Disaster Relief

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he’s gotten encouraging signs from federal officials as he’s begun reaching out to them with Massachusetts preparing a formal request for disaster relief following the spate of snowstorms. Back home after a National Governors Association …

Notifying Additional Insureds of Coverage Denials Under New York Law

Under N.Y. INS. LAW § 3420(d)(2), insurers that disclaim liability or deny coverage to an insured are required to give “written notice as soon as is reasonably possible of such disclaimer of liability or denial of coverage to the insured …

Carnegie Mellon Team has Fought Computer Viruses Since 1988

Pittsburgh’s prominent and growing role as a national center for cybersecurity started with a chance encounter more than 25 years ago. On Nov. 2, 1988, researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, were ending the workday when …

New Jersey Senators Want Sandy Insurer Fraud Probe

New Jersey’s U.S. senators want the state attorney general’s office to investigate possible fraud by insurance companies following Superstorm Sandy. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker asked Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman to investigate any fraud by insurers looking …

New Hampshire Lawmakers Tackle High Workers’ Comp Costs

If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared to $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if …

Engineering Firm Raided in Sandy Claim Probe

The New York attorney general’s office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a Long Island engineering firm that has been accused in civil lawsuits of submitting bogus inspection reports on homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Investigators worked throughout the day …

FEMA in Settlement Talks Over Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is working to settle lawsuits by hundreds of Hurricane Sandy victims who challenged denials or alleged underpayments of flood insurance claims. Brad Kieserman, deputy associate administrator for insurance at FEMA, disclosed the settlement talks during …

Wal-Mart Driver Appeals in Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan Crash Suit

A Wal-Mart driver involved in a highway crash that killed a comic and severely injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has asked a judge to reconsider her decision not to delay Morgan’s lawsuit against the company. Truck driver Kevin Roper isn’t a …

New Jersey Man Faked Black Ice to Mask Drunken Driving Crash

A New Jersey man poured water onto a freezing road to try to fool police officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice, authorities said. Bryan Byers hit a guardrail after running a stop sign …

Connecticut Man Sues Over Fall From Mechanical Bull

A Wallingford, Conn., man is suing a Southington restaurant and bar claiming “permanent, serious” injury after being thrown from a mechanical bull. Steven M. Saleski, in a Feb. 6 lawsuit, sued Meadow Muffins LLC, which owns the mechanical bull, and …

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