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OSHA Fines Maine Roofing Firm $1.8 Million for Worker’s Death from Fall

The federal government says the owner of a Maine home improvement company must pay nearly $1.8 million in penalties for safety violations following the death of an employee. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the worker, 30-year-old Alan …

Court Addresses Burning Question: Is a Coke Oven a Product or a Structure?

In a lengthy 12-page decision that touches on nearly every aspect of product liability, the New York Court of Appeals addressed whether the defendant met its burden on summary judgment that the large, industrial coke ovens located in decedent’s workplace …

N.Y. High Court Sides with Carriers in Sham Owner Case

New York’s highest court ruled Tuesday that an insurer does not need to prove fraudulent intent to refuse payment for a medical bill from a professional corporation with a sham physician owner. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud lauded the ruling …

Video Believed to Show Helicopter Flying Erratically Before NY Crash

The helicopter that slammed into the roof of a Manhattan high-rise building on Monday was apparently captured on video minutes earlier flying erratically and investigators are trying to determine whether the pilot should have taken off in the decaying weather. …

Insurer Liable for Bad Faith Mistake of Law: Viewpoint

A recent ruling from the District of Massachusetts suggests that insurers are responsible for training their claims handlers to know and understand the law affecting their insureds’ liability – and that the insurer may be held liable for bad faith, …

Court Holds Neighbor Should Have Known Fire Risk of Cigarette Butts

Maryland’s second-highest court has upheld a $1.3 million judgment against the Steamfitters Union, saying it knew or should have known cigarette butts tossed in mulch could cause a fire that would harm neighbors. The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that …

Companies See New York as Scooter Haven; NYC Says Not So Fast

Four companies — Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., Bird Rides Inc. and Lime — are aggressively lobbying in New York to legalize electric scooters, considered both perilous play-rides of the well-off and one of many alternative transportation solutions. They’re pouring …

Jury to Decide If Carrier Risked Trial Because It Had Nothing Left to Lose

A federal judge in Rhode Island has cleared the way for a trial to decide whether Columbia Casualty Insurance, in bad faith, put its own interest over its policyholder’s by gambling on a trial instead of settling a claim that …

Three Mile Island Plant, Site of Nuclear Accident, to Close

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Three Mile Island, site of the United States’ worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner …

NYC Leaves Billions in Sandy Aid Unspent, Adding to Risks

New York City has only spent 54% of the $14.7 billion in already-approved U.S. funds for recovery and storm-protection following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, according to city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The unspent money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the …

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