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Fatal North Carolina Scaffold Accident Probe Could Take Months

North Carolina’s workplace safety agency said Tuesday that it may be months before it finishes an investigation into why a scaffold with several men on it broke free from the facade of a high-rise construction project and killed three workers. …

Groups Drop Class Action Insurance Settlement in West Virginia Spill

Lawyers for businesses and people affected by a massive chemical spill last year say a settlement to fund community projects is no longer being considered. In June 2014, lawyers for the groups affected by the Freedom Industries spill proposed the …

Georgia Working to Identify Bad Guardrails

Transportation officials in Georgia are mapping the state’s interstate system to identify problematic guardrails that need to be removed. WALB-TV reports about 2,000 breakaway cable terminals that should be removed have been identified after a survey of the state’s interstate …

Workers’ Comp Exclusive Remedy Bars Bad Faith Claim in North Carolina

The exclusive remedy provisions in North Carolina’s workers’ compensation law were recently challenged by an injured worker who sought to bring a bad faith claim against the insurer. The worker, Jeff Bowden, was injured while on the job. While his …

Tennessee Supreme Court Creates Business Court, Will Take Cases in May

The Tennessee Supreme Court has announced the creation of a new business court pilot project that aims to make complex commercial litigation more efficient. The new pilot court will be located in Nashville and be overseen by Davidson County Chancellor …

Georgia Residents Arrested for Staging Car Crash

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says seven central Georgia residents accused of staging a car crash have been charged with insurance fraud. An investigation by Hudgens’ Fraud Division revealed that on September 5, 2013, Kokeythia B. Glover, Stephanie James, Alicia Bell, …

Florida Judges Dismiss 24,000 Red Light Camera Cases

Two Broward County traffic court judges dismissed some 24,000 pending red-light camera ticket cases totaling more than $6.3 million. The judges ruled Monday that the program violates Florida law. Attorney Ted Hollander of Ticket Clinic told the South Florida Sun …

El Nino Link to Tornado Likelihood in Southern U.S.

The waters of the Pacific Ocean may provide some clues on what kind of tornado season will erupt across the southern U.S., according to a paper in the journal Nature Geoscience. The study found that if the Pacific enters an …

Ex-Freedom Owner Pleads Guilty in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

A former owner of Freedom Industries pleaded guilty Monday to federal Clean Water Act violations stemming from last year’s chemical spill in Charleston. William Tis, 60, faces up to a year in prison when sentenced June 22 in U.S. District …

Highway Fatalities Drop 18% in West Virginia in 2014

Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed says an 18 percent decline in highway fatalities could be due to recent safety laws and public awareness campaigns. Reed said Tuesday that highway fatalities dropped from 332 in 2013 to 271 in …

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