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Drugmaker Endo Signs $65 Million Opioid Settlement with Florida

Drugmaker Endo International plc said on Tuesday it had agreed to pay up to $65 million to resolve claims by the state of Florida and local governments that the drugmaker helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic. The deal is the …

Minor Tremors Still Rumble Weeks After Larger SC Earthquake

Small earthquakes are still shaking the ground near South Carolina’s capital city, more than two weeks after a larger convulsion and outside the window geologists typically expect for aftershocks. Early Tuesday, a 1.7-magnitude quake struck just east of Elgin, about …

Judge to Consider Lowering $7M Bond For Alex Murdaugh

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)–Prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was scheduled for a virtual hearing Monday as a judge could consider lowering the $7 million bond she set last month. Murdaugh’s attorneys are asking Circuit Judge Alison Renee Lee to reconsider …

Insurers Win 1 Bad Faith Case, Lose Another Before Fla. Appellate Courts

Remember George Costanza’s trick in “Seinfeld,” the 1990s TV sitcom? When he couldn’t (or didn’t want to) pay his rent or other expense he would conveniently “forget” to sign the check, buying himself a little more time. In a South …

As South Florida Condos Age, More Owners Are Willing to Sell

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP)–For some South Florida condo dwellers, that tap on the shoulder could lead to the deal of a lifetime. The tri-county’s white hot real estate market is prompting developers to take stock of the region’s older beach …

March 2023 Trial Set For Florida Condo Collapse Lawsuits

A major lawsuit in the collapse of a Florida beachfront condominium building that killed 98 people will go to trial in March 2023, a judge said Wednesday. That’s about six months later than Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman had originally …

Virginia Officials Defend Response to Snowy Gridlock on I-95

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) –A winter storm that started as rain — meaning roads couldn’t be pretreated — followed by an unusually heavy snowfall and plunging temperatures resulted in the stranding of hundreds of motorists along a stretch of one of …

Florida Passenger Train Line Kills 5th Person in a Month

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) –A Brightline higher-speed train fatally struck a pedestrian who walked into its path Tuesday, the fifth death involving the railroad since it recently resumed operations after being shutdown because of the pandemic. Boynton Beach police said …

Experts Puzzled by Continuing South Carolina Earthquakes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) –Yet another earthquake has struck near South Carolina’s capital city, the ninth in a series of rumblings that have caused geologists to wonder how long the convulsions might last. Early Wednesday, a 2.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Elgin, …

Some Hope New Florida Appeals Court Will Be Friendlier to Insurers

The Florida Supreme Court’s call for an additional appellate court and six – now seven – new judges in the state has met with mixed reviews, with some attorneys welcoming the idea, while others, including a few judges, have said …

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