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N.M. Supreme Court Holds Tribal Casino Immune from Work Comp Claims

On Jan. 16, the New Mexico Supreme Court issued its decision in Mendoza v. Isleta Resort and Casino, holding that a tribe does not waive its sovereign immunity to workers’ compensation claims merely by committing in a tribal gaming compact1 …

Blackbeard’s Ship Case About Images Returns to Trial Court

RALEIGH, N.C.– A treasure hunter who accuses the state of North Carolina of misusing his images from Blackbeard’s flagship says he’ll ask for 10 times the damages he originally sought, now that a court ruling has come down in his …

Viewpoint: What Do Power Outages, Wildfires, and Vaping Bans Have in Common?

At the outset, power outages, wildfires, and vaping bans do not appear similar at all, but in the rush to protect consumers and constituents from harm, companies and state legislators may be creating an entirely new, uninsured claim type. Insurance …

Governmental Immunity And The Code Of Pirates

In the 2003 Walt Disney blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Hector Barbossa and the crew of the Black Pearl are in a cavern trying to reverse their curse when Elizabeth invokes the right of …

Connecticut Office That Decides Who Can Sue State Faces Scrutiny

Missed deadlines at the office that decides who can sue Connecticut government have sparked discussions among state lawmakers and attorneys about whether the office should be overhauled or even eliminated. The state attorney general’s office raised concerns last month that …

Nebraska Counties Fighting Wrongful Death Lawsuit

County officials in western Nebraska are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit over the death of a 47-year-old woman in the Box Butte County jail. Lori Heiting, of Hay Springs, died Dec. 4, 2010, after she was found unresponsive in …

Florida Justices Delay Ruling in Citizens Lawsuit

The Florida Supreme Court has put off a decision on whether Citizens Property Insurance Corp. can use its status as a state-backed entity to avoid lawsuits accusing it of bad faith in responding to claims. The justices on Thursday, though, …