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Eleventh Circuit Criticizes District Court for Focusing on Bad Faith Set-up Conduct

In Moore v. GEICO General Ins. Co., 2016 WL 736824 (11th Cir., Feb. 19, 2016), the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a District Court grant of summary judgment in favor of GEICO in a bad faith set-up …

Sea Level Rise Summit Coincides With Current Florida Flood Risk

Just as parts of South Florida are bracing for potential risks of flooding in low-lying areas due to the close proximity of the moon, high tides, sea-level rise and inclement weather, Florida Atlantic University is spearheading efforts to bring together …

Florida High Court Rules Attorney Fee Schedule Unconstitutional; Passes on Other Key Workers’ Comp Case

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s mandatory attorneys’ fee schedule for workers’ compensation cases is unconstitutional under both Florida’s and the U.S. constitution as a violation of due process. The state’s top court also declined to rule …

Florida Officials Can’t Agree on Insurance Commissioner Pick

Thanks to an arcane state law, Florida could enter hurricane season with no one firmly in charge of the state agency responsible for regulating the state’s at-times fragile insurance industry. The reason? The two Republican elected officials responsible for picking …

SUV Driving Simulator Lab Developed at UAB

The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced it has developed the first SUV driving simulator laboratory in the world. In the development of this lab, UAB partnered with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, which provided a full-bodied 2016 Honda Pilot built …

Houston Recovers From Another Deadly Flood

As more than a foot of rain deluged the nation’s fourth-largest city, inundating homes, shutting down major highways and leaving at least five people dead, Houston’s mayor said there was no immediate solution. Heavy flooding has become nearly an annual …

Alabama Sailboat Race Tragedy Prompts Changes

Organizers of a major Gulf Coast sailboat race are making changes to improve safety a year after the regatta ended in chaos and death when a powerful storm struck Alabama’s Mobile Bay while dozens of boats were on the water. …

South Carolina Still Recovering 6 Months After Historic Floods

In a flood, nature can steal everything: lives and homes, delicate Christmas ornaments, a favorite flannel shirt, a special fishing hole. The historic rains and floods that battered South Carolina in October claimed 19 lives, destroyed more than $1 billion …

Salmonella Victims Won’t Get Money From Imprisoned Peanut Exec

A former peanut company executive serving a 28-year prison sentence won’t have to pay money to victims of a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to his Georgia plant, a federal judge ruled. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and …

Blankenship Gets Year in Prison Over Mine Safety Conspiracy

Six years after 29 miners were killed in a West Virginia coal dust explosion, the man who ran the mining company like a fiefdom – a coal baron and power broker who earned millions of dollars a year – will …

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