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Judge: Defiant NJ Beach Town Can Sue for $21M in Dune Costs

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey beach town that defied state environmental authorities and fixed its dunes that were seriously eroded by a storm can proceed with a lawsuit seeking to recover $21 million it spent …

Viewpoint: Tennessee’s Emerging Trend of Enforcing Appraisal

The long-established law of Tennessee is that the appraisal process does not resolve questions of causation or coverage. This principle, espoused in the case Merrimack Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Batts, 59 S.W.3d 142, 152-53 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2001), remains …

New Hampshire Still Challenged by Youth Center Abuse Scandal

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Six years have passed since David Meehan told police he was brutally beaten and raped as a child at New Hampshire’s youth detention center. It’s been three years since he sued the state and almost two …

Officials: Estimated 100,000 Hens Died in Connecticut Fire

BOZRAH, Conn. (AP) — An estimated 100,000 hens died in a weekend fire at a Connecticut farm owned by one of the country’s largest egg producers, Connecticut officials confirmed Monday. It’s one of several such fires that have killed millions …

Heating Oil Leak Covered Because of Ambiguous Pollution Exclusion

The Rhode Island Supreme Court for the first time has found the definition of pollution in a commercial policy ambiguous enough to justify vacating a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of the insurer. The insurer, Arbella Protection Insurance Co., …

Conn. Supreme Court Upholds Insurers in COVID Business Loss Appeals

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld insurers in two cases where claims for business interruption losses blamed on Covid-19 were denied because there was no direct physical damage. One case involved healthcare facilities Connecticut Dermatology Group, Live Every Day, and …

NY Gov Seeks to Exclude Medical Malpractice From Wrongful Death Damages Bill

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul last night vetoed a measure that would have expanded wrongful death benefits after her late bid for amendments was rejected by the sponsors of the bill. In vetoing the Grieving Families Act, Hochul called for …

New York Prosecutors Allege Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud in Two Schemes Worth $10M

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Jr. within the past week announced two separate indictments alleging workers’ compensation fraud, one totaling $7 million in premiums and the other, $3 million. In one case, Juan Escobar, and his drywall and carpentry companies, …

Study of Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse Looking at Leg Fractures

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Investigators looking into the collapse of a Pittsburgh bridge nearly one year ago are looking closely at damage to the legs of the structure, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. An agency update on the Jan, …

New Jersey Home Explodes with Firefighters Inside; Five Injured

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey house where smoke had been reported exploded with volunteer firefighters inside, injuring five of them and sending two to a hospital for treatment of burns, authorities said. The Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire …

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