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Insurer to Pay $300,000 in Michigan Scared-to-Death Case

An insurance company has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit over the death of an 85-year-old man who may have been scared to death before his car slammed into a tractor-trailer in suburban Detroit. The settlement ends a …

Tobacco Company Urges Illinois Court to Drop $10B Smokers’ Verdict

A $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA over misleading consumers about the safety of “light” cigarettes should be overturned, lawyers for the company argued in the Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday. The award was first made in 2003 for …

Insurance to Cover Nebraska Prison Riot Damage Totaling $300,000 to $500,000

A deadly Nebraska prison riot may have caused half a million dollars in damage, and is believed to have started when inmates complained about a lack of rehabilitation programs. Lawmakers said Thursday that damage to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution …

Indiana Race Track Attorney Argues Against Driver’s Death Suit

An attorney for the Anderson Speedway has asked a judge to grant summary judgment in a lawsuit accusing the central Indiana track’s owners of negligence in a driver’s 2011 crash death. Attorney Leslie Pollie made the request Thursday during a …

Defective GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 100

The families of at least 100 people who died in crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches will be offered compensation by the company. The number revealed Monday by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate …

Ohio to Implement to New Workers’ Comp Premium Billing System

A new billing system will change how private businesses pay their workers’ compensation premiums in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports employers will be able to pay estimated premiums for the following coverage year in two, four, six or 12 installments …

Deadly Illinois Tornado Raises Concerns on Warnings in Rural Areas

A deadly tornado in the small northern Illinois community of Fairdale earlier this month is raising questions about how best to warn rural residents about storms. Two people died in the storm. Fairdale, a community of about 150 people, has …

Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill to Reinstate Malpractice Award Caps

A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps. The Missouri House voted 125-27 to …

City of Davenport Off Hook for Homeowners’ Sewer Backup Claims

A jury has sided with the city of Davenport and two of its officials in a negligence lawsuit brought against them after residents complained of sewer backups in 2013. The Scott County jury reached its verdict Friday, finding the city, …

Dissenting Plaintiff Attorney Not Happy With New NCAA Head Injury Deal

A dissenting plaintiff’s attorney told a federal judge Friday that a reworked class-action head-injury settlement with the NCAA is as bad as the one the same judge rejected in December – though other attorneys defended it. The hearing in U.S. …

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