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California High Court Overrules Itself, Holds Policy Consent-To-Assignment Clauses Unenforceable Post-Loss

In an exhaustive and scholarly opinion filed August 20, 2015, authored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the California Supreme Court reversed itself and overruled its own 12-year-old decision because it did not consider the effect of a state statute dating …

Uber’s Newly Hired Security Researchers Aim to Improve Car Technology

Uber Technologies Inc has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter …

Judge Sets Limits in Civil Suit Over Deadly Oso Mudslide

A King County Superior Court judge is considering which claims can be brought in a civil trial that will explore whether anyone should be held responsible for the deadly Oso, Washington mudslide. The Daily Herald reports that Judge Roger Rogoff …

CoreLogic: Washington Chelan Wildfire Threatens More Than 13,000 Homes

Close to 13,121 homes with a combined reconstruction cost of more than $3 billion are at some level of risk from the Chelan Wildfire, according to CoreLogic hazard risk analysis. The homes at risk are located in the following Washington …

Geico to Pay $6M Settlement in California Policy Pricing Case

Geico has agreed to pay $6 million in a settlement with the California Department of Insurance in connection to claims that the company had discriminatory auto insurance pricing. The Los Angeles Times reports that the subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway announced …

Jury Awards Montana Woman $1.75M for Damaged Home

A woman will receive $1.75 million from two companies after a drainage system they installed caused extensive damage to her Billings, Mont., home. The Billings Gazette reports Oakland Home Builders Corporation, Gary Oakland, the CEO and chairman of The Oakland …

Washington Wildfire Largest in State’s History

The massive fire burning in north-central Washington is now the largest in state history. The Okanogan Complex of wildfires has surpassed last year’s Carlton Complex blazes, fire spokesman Rick Isaacson said Monday morning. The Okanogan Complex was measured overnight at …

Pot-Impaired Drivers Involved in Deadly Crashes Rising in Washington

More marijuana-using drivers are getting into fatal crashes in Washington, according to new data from the state Traffic Safety Commission. Data released Wednesday show that the number of Washington drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for active marijuana …

Study Predicts More Wildlife Deaths and Bigger Wildfires if Drought Lasts

The carcasses of salmon, trout and more than a dozen other newly extinct native species lie in dry streambeds around California. Exhausted firefighters in the Sierra Nevada battle some of the biggest wildfires they’ve ever seen. And in Central Valley …

Effects of the Animas River Spill

On August 5, 2015, a mine spill was discovered in the Animas River in Colorado. According to news reports, the spill was triggered by a release of mine waste water which dumped about three million gallons of waste into the …

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