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Endless Boom in Blank Check Companies Is Wearing Out Insurers

The SPAC boom is overwhelming a key player in the creation of a blank-check companies: insurers. Firms selling directors-and-officers liability policies for special purpose acquisition companies have been flooded by the listings that surged last year. That’s caused insurers to …

Colorado Workers Protest Covid-19 Fine Issued to Meat Plant

DENVER — A union representing workers at a Colorado meatpacking plant where six workers died of COVID-19 and hundreds more were infected will stage a protest Wednesday, claiming that federal officials should have fined the company more for its alleged …

Judge Dismisses Cruise Passengers’ COVID-19 Lawsuits

A federal judge dismissed lawsuits by Grand Princess cruise ship passengers who sued for emotional distress caused by their fear of exposure to COVID-19, saying that allowing their cases to proceed would “lead to a flood of trivial suits.” Judge …

Viewpoint: Will COVID-19 Liability Releases Hold Up?

Exculpatory clauses are in the news. Yes, exculpatory clauses. In a widely reported development, to register online for the Donald J. Trump for President rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you must agree that: “By attending the Rally, you and any guests …

Viewpoint: 6 Ways to Handle Work Comp Claims for Coronavirus; Only 1 Makes Sense

Workers’ compensation disability claims based on COVID-19 are already rolling in and thousands more are expected. Here are six approaches to handling these claims: Act based on “gut reaction.” It just seems intuitively “right” to cover nurses and doesn’t feel …

Don’t Be Tricky With Virus Claims, Watchdog Warns U.K. Insurers

The U.K. regulator has a message for insurers facing a likely deluge of coronavirus-related claims: play fair. Customers have found themselves in unprecedented difficulties as businesses the world over shut down or change how they operate, and insurers must also …

Coronavirus Delays Court Proceedings Around the World

The wheels of justice are slowing down around the world as court systems based on open, public hearings deal with an outbreak that dictates the opposite. In Connecticut, where the governor has declared a public health emergency, the federal courts …

Homeless Campers not Told of Toxic Chemicals Found at Site

SEATTLE — This past summer, city of Seattle officials sent a warning to about 60 of its employees: They may have been exposed to toxic chemical compounds during a January cleanup of a Sodo homeless encampment. One police officer who …

NRC: Workers Exposed to Radiation at Louisiana Power Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says workers were exposed to a low level of radiation during maintenance work in 2009 at the Entergy Corp.’s Waterford 3 nuclear power plant in Louisiana. The Times-Picayune reports that an NRC report found that no …

Virginia’s Dominion to Appeal Asbestos Exposure Fines

A Dominion Virginia Power spokesman says the company will appeal fines issued by the state over asbestos at its Surry nuclear power plant. The Daily Press says the Department of Labor and Industry ordered Dominion to pay $12,600 in fines …