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Connecticut Court Denies Personal Injury Claim in IBM’s Loss of Computer Tapes

The Connecticut Supreme Court this week upheld a lower court’s ruling that Federal Insurance Co. and Scottsdale Insurance Co. are not required to defend or indemnify the insureds for the loss of computer tapes that exposed personal information of some …

FEMA Denies Massachusetts’ Bid to Extend Snow Disaster Aid

The federal government has denied Massachusetts’ request to expand disaster aid for a January blizzard, the first of several major storms that pummeled the state this past winter. Gov. Charlie Baker appealed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week …

Slow Pace of Sandy Rebuilding Aid Programs Cause Victims to Protest

Wendy Joan sported strips of red tape on her jeans and jacket to symbolize the delays she has encountered with state agencies and joined other Superstorm Sandy victims Thursday, rallying to voice their frustration as the third summer after the …

New Jersey Law Adds Penalties for Falsely Registering Vehicles in Other States

New Jersey drivers who lie that they garage and drive their vehicles in other states to save on auto premiums now could face insurance fraud charges, announced the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill last week …

Delaware Researcher Testing Drones to Assess Storm Damage

In the hours after a horrific storm – a storm like Superstorm Sandy – with bridges impassable and roads debris-covered, emergency response is often the first concern. But with an autonomous drone, researchers like the University of Delaware’s Arthur Trembanis …

Death of Woman Dropped on Head by Ambulance Crew Settled for $1.5M

The family of a woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage and died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head has been awarded $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The Middlesex Superior Court jury ruled Monday in …

Smell May Constitute Physical Loss Under Policy

The New Hampshire Supreme Court recently held that a persistent odor could constitute a “physical loss” under a homeowner’s insurance policy as long as the smell distinctly and demonstrably changed the condition of the property. The decision represents an important …

Average Medical Payment Per Claim Decreased 5% Following California Regulatory Changes

The average medical payment per claim for treating injured workers decreased by 5 percent in California in 2013, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), which could reflect some early impact of the state’s reform …

Massachusetts Reports 50 Workers Died on the Job in 2014

Fifty workers died from injuries on the job in Massachusetts last year. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health. Transportation workers – including taxi, bus and truck …

Railroad Union Pushes for Tougher Safety Standards on Tracks

Union officials say tougher inspection and maintenance standards for railroad tracks could help prevent dangerous derailments of trains carrying crude oil. While lawmakers and regulators focus on the strength of oil tank cars and volatility of crude oil, officials of …

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