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Author Says Lawyers, not Plaintiffs, the Real Winners in Class-Action Suits

Brooke Melton died on her 29th birthday. Her Chevy randomly shut off in the middle of the highway a little before 8 p.m., and she crashed into a creek in Atlanta. A couple hours later, her parents were notified by …

California Dioceses Create Clergy Abuse Compensation Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Six Roman Catholic dioceses in California are creating a program to compensate people who were sexually abused by priests as children, in return for them promising not to sue. The program announced Tuesday includes the Archdiocese of …

‘Matching Regulations’ Affecting Homeowners’ Insurance Claims: Viewpoint

It remains one of the most difficult issues to deal with in the world of property insurance. Homeowners’ insurance policies usually contain a provision obligating the carrier to repair or replace an insured’s damaged property with “material of like kind …

Pedestrians Hurt in New Jersey Train-Truck Crash Settle Suit

Three pedestrians injured when a slow-moving cargo train hit a tow truck at a southern New Jersey railroad crossing in 2008 have received settlements totaling $1 million. Keith Zaid, a lawyer representing the three injured women, tells The Press of …

$5M in Settlements to be Paid to Indiana State Fair Victims

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced the payment plan for distributing the maximum $5 million in tort claim funds to victims of the Indiana State Fair tragedy. With the amount the State has available for victims of the August 13 …

Iowa Paid $3.7M to Resolve Disputes in FY 2011

Iowa paid nearly $3.8 million to settle claims and resolve disputes in fiscal year 2011, down significantly from the previous year, state officials said. Officials said a large share of that amount was paid out in medical negligence cases at …