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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 …

Big 2014 Jury Awards Could Spell Trouble for Auto Makers

Huge jury verdicts against companies over fatal flaws in their products made a comeback last year, which may foretell more bad news for carmakers with defective parts. Absent for a decade, billion-dollar verdicts returned in product-defect suits in 2014. The …

Missouri Lawmakers Consider Reinstating Lawsuit Caps

Nearly a decade after Missouri last limited some civil lawsuit awards, Republican lawmakers are organizing to reinstate caps overturned by the state’s highest court. Businesses can now face lawsuits with unlimited punitive damages in civil injury lawsuits after the Missouri …

Georgia Family Awarded $36M in Lawsuit Over Dog Attack

DeKalb County prosecutors say the family of a girl who was critically injured in a dog attack has been awarded more than $36 million. County Solicitor’s Spokeswoman Terrie Clark said in a statement Tuesday that a jury awarded the family …

Bill Cosby Sued for Defamation by Alleged Victim

A woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against the comedian, alleging he “publicly branded” her a liar through statements made by his lawyer and publicist. Tamara Green said …

Man Sues Archdiocese of Newark Alleging Sex Abuse

A man who’s suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, alleging a priest sexually molested him more than 30 years ago, wants the state to change the statute of limitations in such cases. Stephen Marlowe, of Hoboken, and members of …