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Claim Survives Because of W.V. Statute that Limits Exclusions for Borrowed Vehicles

Workers’ compensation immunity doesn’t shield an insurer from liability for injuries caused by someone who was borrowing the employer’s truck, and neither do exclusions in the policy, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The appellate court found that workers’ …

Measles Outbreak Triggers Quarantine at 2 Los Angeles Universities

LOS ANGELES — A nationwide measles outbreak has led health officials to quarantine dozens of people at two Los Angeles universities, officials said on Thursday. The quarantine affects the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University, Los …

Georgia Judge Says Snapchat Immune From Distracted Driver Claim

A judge has dismissed claims against Snapchat that blamed the social media company’s “speed filter” for a highway crash. The judge said the Communications Decency Act provides the social media company with immunity. Snapchat attorney Mark Trigg told The Associated …

Panel Rules Michigan State University Has Immunity From Woman’s Suit

Michigan State University has dodged any legal responsibility for injuries suffered by a high school visitor who fell six floors to the ground after a window collapsed at a residence hall. Public agencies have a duty to maintain buildings, but …

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Bill to Combat Fatal Overdoses

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill Tuesday that supporters say will reduce the number of fatal heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania in part by making an antidote more available to police and the public. The legislation also offers immunity from criminal …

Arizona Bill Granting Immunity for Fire Prevention Measures Passes

An Arizona Senate committee has approved a bill that would grant the state immunity from lawsuits similar to those filed after last year’s deadly Yarnell Hill Fire. House Bill 2343 was amended to require the state Land Department facilitate the …

U.S. Court Upholds Telecom Immunity for Surveillance

A U.S. appeals panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a federal law that grants immunity to telecommunications companies that assist the U.S. government in conducting surveillance of American citizens. However, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also revived …

Maryland’s Highest Court Rules on Lead Paint Lawsuits

Maryland’s highest court has ruled that a law giving owners of certain rental properties immunity from personal injury lawsuits based on a child’s ingestion of lead-based paint is invalid. The Court of Appeals issued the 7-0 ruling on Monday, Oct. …