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Drug Addicts Can Sue Pharmacies, Doctors: West Virginia Supreme Court

Pharmacies and doctors who negligently prescribed pain medication can be sued for enabling people’s addictions, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled. The ruling involved 29 people who were patients of Mingo County’s Mountain Medical Center. Most sought treatment for job-related …

West Virginia Will Get Federal Disaster Aid for April Storms

West Virginia has received approval for federal disaster assistance in 12 counties to help recovery efforts from severe storms in early April. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday the available assistance for state and local governments in Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, …

Florida Governor Signs Bill Banning Drones From Taking Photos on Private Property

Using drones to take photos of people on their own property will be illegal in Florida beginning July 1, 2015. Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 766 last week. The legislation limits the use of remote-controlled drones. Drones will not be …

Florida Cat Fund Cash-Ready for Hurricane Season

Florida’s state-created fund intended to help pay out claims after a hurricane has reached a historic milestone. For the first time ever, the fund is entering a storm season with enough cash and assets on hand to pay off everything …

Jury Finds Starbucks Not Liable for Officer’s Spilled Coffee Injury

A jury in North Carolina ruled Monday that Starbucks is not liable for damages after a Raleigh police officer said he suffered third-degree burns from a cup of coffee spilling in his lap three years ago. Lt. Matt Kohr had …

FAA Selects Mississippi State to Lead Drone Center

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that Mississippi State University will lead a team of 13 universities in running a new national center to research unmanned aerial vehicles. The National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems could signify that …

No Plan in Place Yet as Rising Sea Levels Threaten Florida Coast

America’s oldest city is slowly drowning. St. Augustine’s centuries-old Spanish fortress sits feet from the encroaching Atlantic, whose waters already flood the city’s narrow streets about 10 times a year – a problem worsening as sea levels rise. The Florida …

North Carolina House Panel OKs Debt Option to Pay Catastrophic Claims

The state-sanctioned property insurance program in North Carolina coastal counties could borrow to pay for extreme catastrophic losses from hurricanes in legislation making its way through the General Assembly. The House Finance Committee recommended Thursday legislation creating a public authority …

Additional 30,050 Policies Approved to be Removed From Florida Insurer

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved the removal of up to 30,000 personal residential policies and 50 commercial residential polices from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation by the following two companies: Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company – approved …

Former Allstate Adjuster Arrested for Insurance Fraud in Georgia

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced the arrest of an insurance claims adjuster and her accomplice brother for allegedly stealing more than $79,000 from her former employer. Arleatha Martin of Macon, and her brother Christopher Lorenzo Battle of Locust Grove, …

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