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Delaware Judge Rules Insurer Must Defend Korn’s Ex-Wife in Porn Defamation Suit

A federal judge has ruled that an insurance company is obligated to defend the ex-wife of serial political candidate Richard Korn in a defamation lawsuit he filed against her. Liberty Mutual argued that a homeowner’s policy it issued to Magda …

Toyota, GM Settlements Offer Glimpse Into Volkswagen Case

Hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and fines over unintended acceleration in Toyotas and faulty ignition switches in General Motors’ vehicles provide a glimpse of what consumers and the government might get from Volkswagen for cheating on diesel emissions, …

Storm Battered Passenger Cruise Ship Faces First Lawsuit

A passenger from a cruise ship that was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Royal Caribbean in Miami federal court, his lawyer said Thursday. The lawsuit filed by attorney Michael Winkleman …

Washington Man Injured by Cruise Ship Door Awarded $21.5M

A federal jury in Seattle, Wash., awarded $21.5 million in damages to an Illinois man who was injured by an automatic sliding-glass door on a cruise ship in 2011. The verdict included $16.5 million in punitive damages. James Hausman’s attorneys …

GM May Face Punitive Damage Claims in Defective Switch Litigation

General Motors Co may be liable for punitive damages in lawsuits it faces over an ignition switch problem that prompted the recall of millions of vehicles last year, a U.S. judge said on Monday. The decision from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge …

Idaho Gas Station Owner Ordered to Pay Fired Worker $100,000 in Punitive Damages

A judge ordered a northern Idaho gas station owner to pay $100,000 to a former employee who was fired after reporting safety violations, including exposed wiring near water leaks and a lack of first aid equipment. U.S. District Judge B. …

Survey Finds State Lawsuit Climate Important Factor for Company Growth Plans

A new survey finds 75 percent of attorneys at U.S. companies say a state’s lawsuit environment is likely to impact important business decisions at their company, including where to locate or expand. That is an 18 percent increase from eight …

Jury Awards Montana Woman $1.75M for Damaged Home

A woman will receive $1.75 million from two companies after a drainage system they installed caused extensive damage to her Billings, Mont., home. The Billings Gazette reports Oakland Home Builders Corporation, Gary Oakland, the CEO and chairman of The Oakland …

The Ins and Outs of Bad Faith Claims in Florida

Coverage, liability and damages analyses are the three common themes of Florida third party bad faith cases, according to two southeast Cozen O’Connor attorneys. The attorneys presented on the subject during a two-part webinar offering claims handling tips in the …

Amtrak Admits Liability in Philadelphia Crash Cases

Amtrak said it will concede that it’s liable for most damages caused by the May 12 train derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers and injured dozens. The railroad acknowledged Friday in responses to two lawsuits that it won’t contest …