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Extricating Injured Passenger From a Crashed Auto Constitutes Use of That Auto

The word “use” in an automobile liability insurance policy is generally given a broad, general and comprehensive meaning that results in broad coverage. The word “use” includes “loading and unloading” of the motor vehicle. The determination of whether an injury …

Washington Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson in Rented House Fire

A 38-year-old Washington woman who told firefighters how she dropped her young son to safety before escaping a house fire herself has admitted setting the fire and making a false insurance claim. The News Tribune reports that Melinda Sayers pleaded …

New Mexico County’s Flood Damage Costs Tallied at $875,000

Otero County officials say they have uncovered more damage following flooding earlier this year and the bill to make repairs is expected to top $875,000. Emergency services director Paul Quairoli provided new information on the New Mexico county’s emergency declaration …

Nevada’s ‘Implied Consent’ Law Struck Down

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled a state law that allows police to forcibly take blood samples from motorists without a warrant is unconstitutional. The court, in a unanimous decision handed down Thursday, said the state’s “implied consent” law violates …

California Suits Claim Docs Bribed, Used Unsafe Spine Screws

A former Southern California hospital executive is being sued by more than two dozen people who claim he ran a scheme that bribed surgeons to implant counterfeit screws in their patients’ spines, causing pain and injury. Twenty-eight fraud and negligence …

Weekend Impact Expected in Hawaii, Tropical Storm Ana Forecast

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Tropical Storm Ana is located 315 miles south-southwest of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and a minimum central pressure of 994 mb. While Ana is gradually strengthening, and may …

Demanding Arbitration is No Excuse for Bad Faith Conduct

An interesting case recently came before the California Court of Appeals involving an insured’s uninsured motorist (UM) demand for policy limits and the insurer’s response demanding arbitration. In Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Ins., 227 Cal.App.4th 626 (2nd Dist. …

California Homeowners Sue Golf Course for Wildfire Damages

A group of homeowners has sued a golf course owner for negligence, stemming from a wildfire that destroyed eight houses, two businesses and an apartment complex near San Diego. The lawsuit filed last week in San Diego Superior Court blames …

Washington Ferry Tacoma Out of Service Until 2015

The Washington state ferry Tacoma that lost power last summer off Bainbridge Island will be out of service until next year. State ferries spokeswoman Marta Coursey told the Kitsap Sun the Tacoma will remain at the Eagle Harbor maintenance facility …

Grill Blamed in Fire That Destroyed $300,000 Utah Home

Authorities are blaming an outdoor gas grill in a fire that destroyed a $300,000 home in Utah County. Lehi Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Howard told the Daily Herald the blaze was reported a little after 9 p.m. Monday, but …

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