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California Malpractice Cap Reform Effort Generates Big Spending

Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003. But …

Jury Awards $4.3M in Montana Train Crash Lawsuit

A Cascade County jury has awarded $4.3 million in damages to a BNSF Railway employee who was injured in a July 2011 train collision caused by a switching error. The Great Falls Tribune reports conductor Michael Schnittgen was injured when …

CWCI Study Examines Potential Impact of a Drug Formulary in California Workers’ Comp

A recent California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows that adopting a state-mandated workers’ comp prescription drug formulary such as those used in Texas and Washington State could reduce California workers’ compensation pharmacy payments by an estimated $124 million to $420 …

Mountain Rescues Hampered With Copter Contract Switch

Backcountry users will not have a helicopter to help them out of a jam in the Teton, Wyo., area for the next two weeks as agencies make the switch between summer and winter contracts. Tuesday is the last day of …

California Jury Awards $12M in Toyota Lawsuit

A jury has awarded $12 million to a California woman who blamed Toyota for leaving her a paraplegic after a crash. The Superior Court panel in Monterey awarded the money last Friday to Chelsie Hill of Pacific Grove and found …

MSHA Imposes $1M+ Fine for Deaths at Colorado Silver Mine

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that it has imposed a $1,077,800 fine following its investigation into the deaths of two miners at Revenue Mine on Nov. 17, 2013. The underground silver ore mine, located …

Vegas Puppy Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Arson, Fraud

A former pet shop owner has pleaded guilty to felony arson and insurance fraud in a fire at a Las Vegas pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued by firefighters earlier this year. Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price …

Dozens of Colorado Flood Victims Still Unable to Move Home

Dozens of Boulder County residents say they still can’t move home more than a year after historic flooding swept through Colorado. Boulder county transportation officials say they can’t issue permits for some private bridges yet because many roads still need …

NTSB Report Blames Fuel System in Helicopter Crash

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says an incorrectly installed fuel system part may have contributed to a helicopter crash in Honolulu last year. The Robinson R22 Beta helicopter operated by Mauna Loa Helicopters lost power and made …

Spokane Considers Tracking Abandoned Homes

The Spokane City Council is considering creating a registry of abandoned homes to prevent them from slipping into disrepair. The Washington council is scheduled on Monday to consider an ordinance that would require banks or other responsible parties to register …

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