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Minnesota Supreme Court Rules That Statutory Attorney’s Fees Are Capped by the Policy Limit

The question of whether attorney’s fees awarded under Minnesota’s insurance unreasonable denial statute could exceed the policy limits of the policy was recently addressed by the Minnesota Supreme Court in Wilbur v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 892 NW2d …

Indiana Prosecutors Vehemently Oppose Medical Marijuana

Indiana’s county prosecutors remain vehemently opposed to any form of marijuana legalization and insist the plant “is not medicine” amid a push by a conservative state lawmaker to have it recognized as such. The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys argues …

Iowa City Reconsiders Two-Way Streets for Downtown

Officials in Des Moines, Iowa, are considering turning most one-way downtown streets into two-way and adding more bicycle lanes in an effort to increase safety and promote retail development. The city, the Urban Land Institute of Iowa and the Greater …

Michigan Bill to Cut Auto Insurance Premiums Rejected

A bill to reduce auto insurance premiums was defeated late Thursday by the Michigan House, another blow for longstanding efforts to rein in medical costs contributing to the highest average rates in the country. After hours of behind-the-scenes arm twisting …

Products-Completed Operations Hazard Coverage Doesn’t Cover Liability Based on Negligent Professional Services

In a lawsuit brought by the Illinois city of Park Ridge against its liability insurer, involving the defense of alleged wrongs of city employees, the Appellate Court of Illinois refused to recognize emergency medical services as the city’s “work” under …

Missouri Man Sues After Workplace Accident Leads to Amputation

A northwest Missouri man has filed a civil lawsuit for a workplace accident that resulted in the loss of his lower arms. The News-Press Now reports that Brent Sherman was a sanitation worker responsible for cleaning blenders and other meat-processing …

Michigan Bill to Reduce Auto Insurance Premiums is in Peril

Legislation to reduce Michigan’s high auto insurance premiums by letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage is in peril, with majority Republicans lacking enough support to pass it on their own and many Democrats pushing an alternative plan. …

Meteorology Professor Studies Tornado Fingerprints

Less than a decade ago, Victor Gensini was a student at Northern Illinois University studying meteorology. After earning a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and a master’s degree in geography at NIU, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia …

St. Louis Cardinals’ Safety Act Proposal Gets Senator Backing

Sen. Claire McCaskill on Wednesday asked the Department of Homeland Security to give “full consideration” to the St. Louis Cardinals’ request for certification that would give the team certain legal protections in the event of a terrorist attack at Busch …

Man Blinded in Eye by Foul Ball Sues Chicago Cubs

A man who was left blind in one eye – at least temporarily – and may ultimately lose the eye after a foul ball struck him in the face at Wrigley Field this summer has filed a lawsuit against the …

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