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Arizona Court Rules No Coverage for Worker Hurt in Crash After Business Errand

An Arizona court ruling says an employee hurt in an auto accident isn’t entitled to workers’ compensation for her injuries though she had just made a business errand to finish her work day. The employee deviated from her normal commute …

California Court Finds That Fire Caused by Vagrant on Premises is Not Excluded

So, the tenants have moved out and you’ve turned off the gas and electric utilities. However a fire burns the house down. You turn the claim over to your insurance company for coverage. The insurance company investigates the claim and …

NTSB Says Virgina Galactic Spaceship Crash Caused by Human Error

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the developer of a commercial spacecraft that broke apart over the Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against the possibility of human error, specifically the co-pilot’s premature unlocking of a braking …

Medical Marijuana in Las Vegas Delayed Until Inspector Post is Filled

Dozens of medical marijuana businesses in Las Vegas may be forced to delay their openings while the state tries to fill regulatory positions designed to ensure dispensaries are complying with the law. There are currently no inspectors based in southern …

Idaho DOT Fined After Demolishing Building That Contained Asbestos

The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay a $52,000 fine after demolishing an asbestos-containing building in northern Idaho and potentially exposing the public to the cancer-causing fibers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the agreement Thursday involving the November …

Washington Man Gets One Year in Prison for $76,000 Workers’ Comp Scam

The manager of a Spokane, Wash., used car dealership must serve a year in jail for stealing more than $76,000 in disability benefits from the state. Gary Bruce Farnworth II, 48, was caught running the dealership while telling the Department …

Montana Supreme Court Adopts Notice-Prejudice Rule

In 2011, the Montana Supreme Court issued its decision in Steadele v. Colony Ins. Co., 2011 MT 208, 361 Mont. 459, 260 P.3d 145 (2011) concluding that compliance with the notice requirement in an insurance policy was a condition precedent …

Washington Joins Multi-State Sting Targeting Illegal Construction Activities

A multi-state sting that included the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) turned up more than 40 cases of illegal construction activity or advertising in Washington state. L&I issued six infractions for unregistered contracting, 13 for plumber certification violations and …

California Judge Dismisses Soccer Concussion Suit

A federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Soccer Federation and other organizations had not done enough to reduce the risk of injury from concussions and repetitive “heading” of balls. The seven soccer players named as plaintiffs …

Guilty Plea for New Jersey Man Involved in Hitching Post Arson

A New Jersey man intends to plead guilty to a federal charge stemming from the 2010 arson fire that destroyed the Hitching Post Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming, according to court records. Falgun Dharia of Flanders, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty …

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