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Addressing Medical Marijuana in Claims

With the approval of marijuana as a treatment for medical conditions in 23 states, plus Washington D.C., and the legalization of recreational marijuana use in two states (Colorado and Washington where its legal medically and recreationally), there are several factors …

Chemical Safety Board Head Resigns Under Pressure

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso stepped down on Thursday, a week after a bipartisan group of lawmakers asked Obama to fire him. An administration official confirmed that the White House had asked for his resignation. The top Democratic …

More Employment Suits in Pipeline in Silicon Valley

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ decisive victory over Ellen Pao’s gender bias suit doesn’t mean Silicon Valley giants are off the hook. More lawsuits alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation are already in the pipeline. Cases against Twitter Inc. …

Jury: Silicon Valley Venture Firm Not Guilty of Gender Bias

A jury soundly rejected Ellen Pao’s claims of gender discrimination by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a case that riveted Silicon Valley for weeks and exposed how women fare in the male-dominated world of venture capital. The verdict followed …

Transparency: Technology’s Next Gift to the Legal Department

Series Summary Insurance executives should be asking a lot of questions right now. They should wonder why their outside law firms haven’t adopted available technology that could eliminate expenses for routine legal work. They should ask their law firms why, …

Commercial Drone Users Get Smoother Path for FAA Flight Permits

Commercial drone operators will have an easier time using and testing their devices in the U.S. after the Federal Aviation Administration said it has loosened some requirements for obtaining government permission to fly. The FAA has awarded 48 waivers for …

As Safety Concerns Rise, Uber Sets Up Response Teams

Ride-sharing company Uber said it has formed response teams to address safety issues across the world, amid increasing concerns about the security of its passengers and drivers. The company, whose mobile app lets users hail taxis, has been dogged by …

Progressive Plans to Charge Risky Snapshot Drivers More

Progressive Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. auto insurer, said it will begin increasing rates for some risky customers who participate in a program that allows the company to electronically monitor driving habits. The decision to lift premiums is a shift for …

Supreme Court Revives Pregnant Worker’s Case Against UPS

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday revived a woman driver’s pregnancy discrimination claim against package delivery company UPS Inc by sending the case back to a lower court. On a 6-3 vote, the court said worker Peggy Young would have …

Driverless Cars Impact: Fewer Cars, More Miles

Autonomous vehicles may reduce the number of vehicles a family needs, but may lead to an increase in total miles driven, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. UMTRI researchers Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak examined U.S. …

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