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Auto Liability Policy Literally Enforced to Require Named Insured’s Consent to Extend Coverage to Permissive User

A United States District Court, applying South Carolina law, found that an automobile liability insurer had no obligation to defend or indemnify a driver who was operating an insured vehicle without the named insured’s permission, even though the operator allegedly …

Lexington Police Post Videos on Social Media to Solve Crimes

Hours after video showing a woman’s wallet being stolen at a store was posted on YouTube, the suspect came forward and was identified, Lexington police said. The video taken in February showed the woman leaving her wallet on the counter …

Widow Says South Carolina Plant Negligent in Blast, Husband’s Death

The widow of a South Carolina plastics plant worker who was killed when a pipe exploded and hot chemicals were sprayed on him has sued his employer, saying the company was negligent. In a federal wrongful death suit filed Wednesday, …

Stripper Shot on the Job Will Get New Workers’ Comp Hearing

The quibbling continues over how much a South Carolina stripper should be compensated after being shot while on the job, with the state’s highest court on Wednesday ordering a new hearing in the woman’s case. The decision comes two years …

Mississippi Jury Awards $1.25M to Trooper Hurt in Off-Duty Accident

A jury has awarded $1.25 million to a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper whose left leg was partially amputated because of an off-duty motorcycle accident. A Jackson County jury handed down the verdict last week against two construction companies that left …

Deadly Crash Spurs Tennessee School Bus Safety Bills

In the first legislative session after a school bus wreck in Chattanooga killed six children, Tennessee lawmakers are advancing bills to improve safety, including one measure that would require seatbelts on new buses. On Tuesday, a House committee advanced the …

OSHA Safety Stand Down Event Emphasizes Landscaping Hazards

Fatalities among workers in the landscaping industry are a growing concern in the Southeast. From 2012 to 2016, 64 people employed in the industry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi died as a result of workplace injuries. In Florida, industry …

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Floating Home Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Florida man’s latest appeal in a landmark case involving the seizure and destruction of his floating home. The justices denied without comment Fane Lozman’s petition asking them to enforce their 2013 ruling …

Florida Wildfires Burn Over 126,000 Acres Already This Year

At least 126,000 acres have burned in wildfires across Florida since January, surpassing the five-year average of acreage burned in a typical year, officials said. Florida’s fire season peaks this month, during the driest part of the year in the …

El Faro Widow Calls for Safer Shipping

Rochelle Hamm’s eyes fill with tears when she reads her terrified husband’s last words -muttered as the cargo freighter El Faro went down in hurricane, taking the lives of Frank Hamm and 32 others. “My feet are slipping! I’m goin’ …

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