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Asiana Settlement Deal Leaves Many Cases Unresolved

The first set of lawsuits stemming from the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco two years ago have been settled, but dozens of additional cases remain after the accident that killed three Chinese teenagers and injured nearly …

Mother Says California Rampage Suit Filed to Prevent Tragedies

The anguished mother a college student slain in a rampage outside Santa Barbara last year said Tuesday that she and the parents of two other victims realized their broken hearts will never be mended, but they sued the county sheriff …

Asiana Settles Lawsuits Over Crash at San Francisco Airport

Asiana Airlines Inc. settled 72 personal injury claims in lawsuits filed over a July 2013 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport and is continuing to negotiate with other passengers. The airline announced the settlement Tuesday in a federal court …

No Charges Yet for Pickup Driver in California Train Crash ‘Mistake’

Investigators on Thursday were trying to determine why a pickup truck driver mistakenly turned onto railroad tracks before a crash that derailed a California commuter train, and prosecutors said they would await more answers before deciding to file charges. “We …

Nevada Governor Signs Bill That Will Tighten Construction Defect Suit Rules

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill Tuesday aimed at curbing frivolous lawsuits over construction defects after the measure passed through the Republican-controlled Legislature along party lines. The Republican governor said AB125, which was sponsored by Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen, …

Arizona Workers Have No Blanket Right to Travel Expenses in Injury Cases

A court ruling says Arizona workers being treated for on-the-job injuries aren’t entitled to travel expenses if they haven’t shown they cannot get necessary care locally. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in the workers’ compensation case of a …

Offsetting Third Party Recoveries Against UIM Benefits

Some insurance policies contain an offset provision in which UIM benefits are reduced by the amount paid to the insured by a third-party or organization that may be held legally liable for the actual injury where the third-party or organization …

Nevada Lawmakers Consider Bill to Create Pedestrian Safety Zones

Lawmakers reviewed a bill Tuesday that aims to reduce the scores of pedestrian deaths that happen each year on Nevada roadways. SB144, which was discussed in the Senate Transportation Committee, would allow local governments or the Nevada Department of Transportation …

Dozens Injured After California Commuter Train Hits Truck on Tracks

Twenty-eight people were injured when a Southern California commuter train collided with a truck stuck on the tracks on Tuesday, toppling three rail cars. There were no deaths reported in the crash, which occurred at about 5:40 a.m. local time …

Oregon Recorded 50 Fire-Related Deaths in 2014

The Oregon state fire marshal says there were 50 fire-related deaths in the state in 2014. That’s the most since the 53 fire fatalities in 2008. Fire Marshal Jim Walker calls the increase disheartening. He says the top three causes …

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