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No CGL Coverage for Building Contractor’s Shoddy Workmanship Causing Damage to the Work Itself

In a decision filed November 18, 2016, Arkansas U. S. district judge Susan Webber Wright, the same jurist who in 1998 handed a defeat to Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against then President Bill Clinton, dealt this time …

Quake Hit Oklahoma Town Sues 27 Energy Firms

Residents of a town hit by Oklahoma’s strongest earthquake have filed a class-action lawsuit against dozens of energy companies, accusing them of triggering destructive temblors by injecting wastewater from oil and gas production underground. Pawnee residents filed the suit Thursday …

Texas Still Rejects Fracking Link to Quakes Despite Research Findings

A white Chevy Suburban with “Railroad Commission of Texas” emblazoned on its side rolled north on Interstate 35. Behind the wheel sat Milton Rister, the commission’s director. Trim and balding, Rister was a veteran political operator who had held influential …

Pro Rata Allocation Comes to Louisiana

In Daniel Arceneaux, et al. v. Amstar Corp., et al., 2015-0588 (La. 9/7/16), 2016 WL 4699163 (La. 9/7/16), the Louisiana Supreme Court held that in long latency disease cases the cost of the duty to defend should be prorated between …

Oklahoma Airport Shooting Likely Case of Workplace Revenge

A man who gunned down a Southwest Airlines employee outside of Oklahoma City’s airport likely did so in retaliation for having lost his own job with the airline last year, police said Wednesday. Lloyd Dean Buie, 45, killed 52-year-old Michael …

Quake Near Oklahoma Oil Hub Causes Substantial Damage

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake centered near one of the world’s key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows in a central Oklahoma city, rendering century-old buildings unsafe and raising concerns about key infrastructure. As the sun rose Monday, …

Houston Police Report Spike in Pedestrian Deaths

The number of pedestrians in Houston, Texas, who have been struck and killed by cars has spiked this year – already 31 percent higher than the total for all of 2015 – according to police. At least 71 pedestrians have …

Lawsuit Targets School Bus Camera Violations in 2 Texas Cities

A lawsuit claims two Texas cities are illegally using cameras to ticket drivers accused of ignoring stop signs that extend from school buses as students get on and off the vehicles, arguing that among other issues, the state Legislature hasn’t …

Only 4 of 274 Claims Paid After Largest Oklahoma Quake

Only four insurance claims worth $24,232 have been paid of 274 damage claims filed after Oklahoma was hit with its largest earthquake in September. The magnitude 5.8 quake damaged buildings and slightly injured one man. The Oklahoman reports of more …

Texas Workers’ Comp Fraud Unit Boasts 40 Investigations Since Inception

Since its establishment five months ago, the new in-house fraud unit at the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has opened more than 40 investigations and hired additional fraud investigators to extend its reach. “It’s a huge benefit to have a …

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