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N.J. High Court Rules That Phantom Vehicles Can Be Allocated Fault

The New Jersey case of Mark R. Krzykalski v. David T. Tindall involves an auto accident where both the plaintiff and the defendant were in the left lane turning left through an intersection. An unidentified driver turned unexpectedly from the …

NYC Slip and Fall Scheme Defrauded Businesses, Insurers of More Than $31M

Five New York City men were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain fraudulent insurance reimbursement and other compensation for fraudulent slip-and-fall accidents, according to a joint announcement by the United …

New York Workers’ Comp Board Proposes Improvements in Care for Injured Workers

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has proposed improvements in medical care for injured workers. Its proposal includes an increase in medical reimbursement to providers who treat workers’ compensation claimants and the adoption of a universal claim form to …

Faulty Workmanship, Even if Charged as Negligence, Isn’t Fortuitous Enough to Be an “Occurrence” Under Liability Policy

Every once in a while, a court teaches us by judicial decision an entire chapter of insurance law lessons we can carry with us, secure in the knowledge that we can reason our way to the right result in insurance …

Thousands Cited for Slow Left-Lane Driving Under New Virginia Law

Watch out! If you’re being a slowpoke in the left lane in Virginia, you may be fined. Thousands of people have been cited since Virginia implemented a law setting penalties for driving too slowly in the left lane of a …

GPS Failed to Warn Bus Driver Before Overpass Crash

The out-of-state driver of a charter bus full of high school students that crashed into a low-hanging overpass on a Long Island parkway was using a non-commercial GPS device that didn’t warn him about the hazard in time to prevent …

Former N.J. Chiropractor Gets Prison, Owes $3.5M for Medical Fraud Ring Role

A New Jersey chiropractor whose license was revoked more than 15 years ago is now headed to prison for his role in a medical fraud ring that stole nearly $4 million from insurance companies. Authorities say Philip Potacco used a …

Pilots Warned Company About Helicopter Safety Prior to Deadly NYC Crash

Pilots for the company that operates the open-side helicopter flights like the one that crashed last month in New York City, killing five, had warned management repeatedly of safety concerns over equipment including harnesses, The New York Times reported Sunday. …

Nor’easters Join List of 2018 $1 Billion Disasters

Thanks to the nor’easters that hit New York and the East Coast, the U.S. has already had three $1 billion weather disasters since January, half the number in an average year. January and March winter storms that flooded the East …

No Sprinklers in Trump Tower Deadly Fire

A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president’s namesake skyscraper. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause …

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