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Claim Survives Because of W.V. Statute that Limits Exclusions for Borrowed Vehicles

Workers’ compensation immunity doesn’t shield an insurer from liability for injuries caused by someone who was borrowing the employer’s truck, and neither do exclusions in the policy, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The appellate court found that workers’ …

Blackbeard’s Ship Case About Images Returns to Trial Court

RALEIGH, N.C.– A treasure hunter who accuses the state of North Carolina of misusing his images from Blackbeard’s flagship says he’ll ask for 10 times the damages he originally sought, now that a court ruling has come down in his …

Georgia Plant Agrees to Close in Fight Over Gas Emissions

ATLANTA — Georgia officials reached an agreement Monday to temporarily shut down a medical sterilization facility that uses a gas that studies have linked to an increased risk of cancer. A Newton County judge signed off on a deal between …

Woman Charged After Gripe About Ex on Facebook Gets Justice

TENNILLE, Ga. — A Georgia woman who was criminally charged after complaining about her ex-husband on Facebook said she feels like she’s finally gotten justice. Anne King posted in 2015: “That moment when everyone in your house has the flu …

Georgia County’s Experience Shows Perils of Ransomware

JEFFERSON, Ga. — On the first Saturday in March, computer screens at the 911 dispatch center in this small town went dark. Staff at the county jail around the same time could no longer open cell doors remotely with electronic …

Court Allows Suit Alleging ‘Outrageous Conduct’ by AIG and Coventry to Proceed

An Alabama appellate court has cleared the way for a lawsuit that alleges outrageous and fraudulent conduct by American International Group and Coventry against a worker who was injured in an explosion and sought psychological care. The Court of Civil …

Tornado Spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor Damages Florida Homes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor damaged homes and a school in central Florida but the storm spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael, authorities said Saturday. The Polk …

Disney World Workers Endure Tourists Who Punch, Yell, Grope

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney World employees are easy targets. Tourists scream at them, sexually harass them and in the most serious cases, physically attack them, according to law enforcement reports. “There are so many situations, so many things that happen …

Florida Timber Farmers Face Tough Choices Year After Michael

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard’s neck of the woods these days. A year ago, lush stands of towering pines obscured the horizon, he said as he drove his pickup along a dusty …

U.S. Utility That Overcharged $380 Million Wants to Spend It

Dominion Energy Inc., the U.S. utility giant that came under fire for overcharging its customers by almost $380 million, wants to keep the money and spend it on grid upgrades. The Virginia power company proposed using some of the extra …

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