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Judge Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit Related to Beach Sand Collapse

A New Jersey judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died when the sand under his feet collapsed as he walked along the shoreline, plunging him into the swirling waters of an inlet. Superior …

Public Duty Doctrine Reduces Government Liability in Iowa Road Safety Case

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision involving a 2013 car accident on a northwest Iowa county road could make it more difficult for citizens to hold city, county and state officials responsible when people are hurt as the result of …

Ohio High Court Rules 5 Officers Sued Over Chase Injuries Not Liable

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that five police officers sued by a woman injured during a high-speed chase are immune from legal liability. There was disagreement among the justices on immunity standards. The majority ruled that officers chasing suspects …

Governmental Immunity And The Code Of Pirates

In the 2003 Walt Disney blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Hector Barbossa and the crew of the Black Pearl are in a cavern trying to reverse their curse when Elizabeth invokes the right of …

Nebraska High Court Rules Immunity Precludes Fatal Boat Accident Suit

A Nebraska woman whose 10-year-old son died in a boating accident on Storm Lake in 2010 cannot sue the state of Iowa for damages, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that …

Judge Rules Immunity Applies to State, Engineer in Minnesota Crash Suit

A judge has ruled the Minnesota Department of Transportation and its engineer have immunity from a lawsuit stemming from the death of a former Minnesota State University football player. Fred Statz, 25, collided with a semi-truck at a Waseca intersection …

North Carolina Ruling Could Allow Medical Examiner Lawsuits

A North Carolina agency has ruled a family should be paid nearly $400,000 for their anguish after a medical examiner misidentified a body, sending it to the wrong funeral home. The Charlotte Observer reports the decision could open the door …

$700K Award in Mississippi Police Chase Case Thrown Out

The state Court of Appeals has thrown out a $700,000 judgment against the city of Jackson involving an accident during a police chase in 2001 in which two women were injured and a third killed. The Court of Appeals ruled …

Judge Drops Michigan City From Lawsuit Over Marina Death

A Michigan judge has dropped Traverse City’s government from a lawsuit filed by the family of a young man who died after getting an electric shock as he swam near a municipal marina. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Wednesday that …

Student Hurt in Chemistry Class Can’t Sue Teacher

A Detroit-area teacher can’t be sued for a chemistry demonstration that lit a student’s shirt on fire and burned his face. The Michigan appeals court says Carrie Weingartz has governmental immunity as a public school teacher. A three-judge panel said …