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Protests Spark Rioting, Fires in Three States as Civil Unrest Continues

Protests in Washington state, California and Virginia devolved into riots that sparked fires and property damage. A protest through the streets of downtown Oakland, California, in support of racial justice and police reform turned violent when “agitators” among the demonstrators …

Federal Tort Claims Act Subrogation

The federal government is everywhere. It employs nearly 9.1 million workers, which is nearly 6% of total U.S. workforce. This includes nearly 2.1 million federal employees, 4.1 million contract employees, 1.2 million grant employees, 1.3 million active duty military personnel, …

J&J Loses Bid to Overturn Baby Powder Verdict, but Damages Cut to $2.1 B

A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday rejected Johnson & Johnson’s bid to throw out a jury verdict in favor of women who blamed their ovarian cancer on its baby powder and other talc products, but reduced its damages award to …

Subrogating Rental Car Company Physical Damage and Loss-of-Use Claims

Automobile rentals is a $29 billion industry and constitutes a significant portion of the transport sector in America. In 2018, there were 2,212,925 rental vehicles on U.S roads. There are six million auto accidents in the U.S. every year, and …

PG&E Fire Victims Again Seek Payout Guarantee Amid Virus Tumult

Victims counting on PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy to compensate them for their losses in California wildfires are making a last-ditch effort for court protection against gyrations in the utility’s share price in the virus-infected stock market. Lawyers for a committee representing …

Economic Loss Rule Bars Insurer Recovery for Utility’s Damaged Turbine

The economic loss rule established by Texas courts bars recovery for an insurance company that sought nearly $8 million in damages from a company that installed faulty software that led to extensive damages to an electric utility’s generating equipment, a …

Circus Circus Faces Lawsuit Over 2019 Beating Death

RENO, Nev. — The husband of a California woman who was found beaten to death at a Nevada casino is suing the hotel and casino. An attorney for Robert Morris filed the lawsuit in Washoe County District Court in connection …

Uber’s Challenge to Balance Driver Safety With Customer Privacy

NEW YORK — Margaret Bordelon can still feel the hands of the drunk man who tried to pull her in for a kiss at the end of his Uber ride last September in Lafayette, Louisiana. An Uber driver for only …

Unwitting Insurers May Be Subsidizing Marijuana Grow Houses

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — While California has a $1.4 billion legal marijuana market, a black market of perhaps equal size is thriving. Some enterprising growers are working on ways to get home insurers to cover their capital costs. A presentation …

N.C. High Court: Actual Cash Value Includes Depreciation for Labor Costs

An insurer whose policy covers the “actual cash value” of a property may deduct for depreciation of labor costs when it calculates the amount of the loss, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled. The court noted that the question of …