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PG&E Took 8 Months to Prune a Tree at Risk of Catching Fire

It was on July 12 — only after an inspector raised the alarm — that PG&E Corp. finally pruned a tree in a fire-prone area. Its leaves had already been singed as wind gusts blew them into a power line …

Teva’s Budding Blockbuster Drugs Lend Respite From Legal Concerns

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is preparing for a potential reckoning with the U.S. epidemic of opioid addiction. The drugmaker’s shares tumbled after it set aside $646 million to help pay legal expenses related to its alleged role in the abuse …

Viewpoint: CMS’ Liability Medicare Set Aside Proposal is Bad Policy

It’s a scenario every senior citizen fears—getting seriously injured in an accident. Whether it’s a slip and fall at the grocery store or getting hit by a car crossing the street, the question of “who pays?” often isn’t far from …

Facebook Isn’t Responsible as Terrorist Platform, Court Says

Facebook Inc. doesn’t have to face a lawsuit by victims of Hamas attacks and their relatives who claimed that the social network unlawfully assisted the terror group, a federal appeals court ruled. In a 66-page ruling issued Wednesday, a divided …

Manufacturer’s Flood Claim Hinges on Definition of High-Hazard Area

For the second time, a federal appellate court reversed a trial judge’s finding that a policy issued by a unit of American International Group did not limit coverage for a 2011 flood that forced the company to shut down an …

Bayer’s $80 Million Roundup Verdict Will Probably Be Cut

A federal judge said he’ll probably reduce — but not throw out entirely — an $80 million jury verdict against Bayer AG in the second case to go to trial over claims the company’s Roundup herbicide causes cancer. U.S. District …

If PG&E Wants Newsom’s Fire Aid, Here’s What It Has to Do

It’s no secret that California Governor Gavin Newsom wants to create a fund that the state’s electric utilities can tap to cover the costs of catastrophic wildfires. Now, the utilities know what he wants in return. Based on a proposal …

Wisc. Court Upholds Subrogation Waiver in Construction Contract

A subrogation waiver in a construction contract blocks an insurer’s claim against a contractor whose alleged shoddy construction caused the collapse of a barn that cost more than $600,000 to replace, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in a split decision. …

Sidewalk Defects Liability: In Most States, Size Matters

Insurance claim files are overflowing with losses involving individuals injured when they trip and fall over cracked, broken, or uneven municipal sidewalks. In many cases, the injury is a direct result of a municipality failing to institute and/or conscientiously follow …

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, …