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Justices Deal Blow to Outdated Claims of Child Sexual Abuse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others with similarly outdated claims who’d …

Suits Over New York Police Handling of 2020 Racial Protests to Proceed

A federal judge rejected a request by New York City to dismiss lawsuits claiming police violated the constitutional rights of people protesting racial injustice after the death of George Floyd last year. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan on …

J&J Agrees to Pay $230 Million to Settle New York Opioid Claim

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $230 million to New York state to settle claims that the pharmaceutical giant helped fuel the opioid crisis, Attorney General Letitia James said on Saturday. The drugmaker also agreed …

Repair Shop Owner Pleads Guilty To Insurance Fraud Charges

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A man who used sledgehammers and mallets to further damage customers’ vehicles at the two auto body shops he owned in an effort to cheat insurance companies has pleaded guilty to dozens of charges, prosecutors said. …

Conn. Judge Rules No Coverage Owed for Wholesaler’s $100M in COVID Losses

A Connecticut judge ruled that The Hartford did not owe coverage to designer footwear wholesaler Marc Fisher for more than $100 million in losses caused by COVID-19 business closures. Waterbury Judicial District Judge Barbara N. Bellis ruled that government orders …

N.H. Hotel Group Chalks Rare Win in Pandemic-Related Business Interruption Lawsuit

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of a group of hotels whose owners sued their insurance carriers over lost business during the coronavirus pandemic. Businessman Mark Stebbins of Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels, LLC, one of the …

Officer Resigns and Receives Payout After Fatal Traffic Stop

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut police officer, who shot and killed an 18-year-old motorist during a traffic stop, received a $100,000 payout from Wethersfield’s municipal insurer when he resigned from the department, according to documents obtained by the …

Flaming Gas Leak Forces Evacuation of a Dozen Homes in Mass.

MARSHFIELD, Mass. — A gas leak ignited Saturday morning in front of a residence in Marshfield, sending plumes of flames into the air and forcing officials to evacuate about a dozen homes. The fire continue to burn throughout the day …

Sex Abuse Class-Action Suit Tossed, Individual Claims Stand

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed a class action lawsuit involving 300 people who allege decades of abuse at New Hampshire’s youth detention center, but he left the door open for individual claims against the state. The …

Public Called On to Photograph ‘King Tides,’ Flooding in NJ

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — With some of the highest tides of the year set to arrive this week, New Jersey officials are launching a campaign to have residents document flooding in their neighborhoods and upload photos to a website …

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