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Insurer Liable for Bad Faith Mistake of Law: Viewpoint

A recent ruling from the District of Massachusetts suggests that insurers are responsible for training their claims handlers to know and understand the law affecting their insureds’ liability – and that the insurer may be held liable for bad faith, …

Virginia High Court: Auto Maintenance Exclusion Means What it Said

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that an insurer doesn’t have to pay for injuries to a customer who was injured by tire that exploded while it was inflated, and handed business owners another reason not to allow customers in the …

Affected Nebraska Residents Get Bad News About Dam Failure

NIOBRARA, Neb. — People who suffered losses when the Spencer Dam failed in northern Nebraska have gotten more bad news: A state law limits the liability of the dam’s owner. Nebraska Public Power District, which owns the dam, has said …

‘Matching Regulations’ Affecting Homeowners’ Insurance Claims: Viewpoint

It remains one of the most difficult issues to deal with in the world of property insurance. Homeowners’ insurance policies usually contain a provision obligating the carrier to repair or replace an insured’s damaged property with “material of like kind …

2nd Circuit Uphold’s Defeat of Harassment Suit Against Gay Dating App

A U.S. federal appeals court refused to hold Grindr liable to a New York man who said his former boyfriend used the gay dating app to post fake profiles, in a harassment campaign that caused more than 1,000 men to …

Purdue to Pay $270M to Settle Okla. Opioid Lawsuit

Purdue Pharma LP and the Sackler family will pay $270 million to settle Oklahoma’s claims that illegal marketing of the Oxycontin painkiller devastated local communities, an accord that could influence the results of thousands of lawsuits faced by the company …

New Mexico Jury Awards $67M in Damages in Pacemaker Lawsuit

New Mexico jurors have awarded a pacemaker patient more than $67 million in damages in a lawsuit. The Albuquerque Journal reported a 3rd Judicial District Court jury in Las Cruces on Monday found German pacemaker manufacturer Biotronik negligent in the …

Insurer’s Refusal to Defend West Virginia Man Means He Can Claim Damages

A former Wyoming County Council on Aging director can recover damages for aggravation and inconvenience from an insurance company that refused to represent him when the state sued him, a federal appeals court ruled. This week’s unpublished opinion by a …

$2.8B Damages in 2011 Mississippi River Flood

The Mississippi River flooding of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like never before, exposing vulnerabilities that need attention, a report released Monday said. The report …

Indiana Men Burning Bed Bug-Infested Items Set House Ablaze

Two Indianapolis men burning furniture in their yard to eradicate their home of accidentally set the house ablaze, causing about $15,000 in damages. Indianapolis firefighters say the men had been renting the home for three months before moving three couches …