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Lawsuits Allege Cheaper Drilling Plan Used in Gas Well Blast

The operator of a gas well that exploded in southeastern Oklahoma used a cheaper and quicker drilling plan than experts advised, the latest court filings in two lawsuits allege. Amendments filed earlier this month to the wrongful death lawsuits filed …

Arrests Made in California Warehouse Fire That Killed 36

A man who illegally rented out space in an Oakland, California, warehouse that caught fire and killed 36 people has been arrested and will be charged with involuntary manslaughter along with an organizer of a party at the site, a …

GM Still Faces Exposure in Flawed Ignition Switch Suits That Seek Billions

General Motors Co.’s potential liability over flawed ignition switches isn’t over yet, and billions of dollars remain at stake. GM agreed Thursday to pay $575 million to end a shareholder suit tied to the defect and more than 1,380 civil …

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 …

Wrongful Death Suits Filed by Newtown Victim Families Against Town, School Board

Families of two of the 20 children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are suing the town of Newtown, Conn., and its school board. The wrongful death lawsuit served on the town on Friday alleges security measures …

First Lawsuits Filed Over Fatal South by Southwest Crash in Austin

The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, accused organizers of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers. The suits …

Jury Finds That Guardrail Maker Defrauded U.S. With Changes

Trinity Industries Inc. faces a potential liability of $1 billion after a jury found the company defrauded the U.S. by deliberately withholding information about cost-saving changes to its highway guardrail system that potentially made it more dangerous. Jurors in Marshall, …

Justices to Hear Virginia Tech Wrongful Death Suit

The Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in the wrongful death suit brought by the parents of two Virginia Tech students slain during the 2007 campus massacre. According the docket posted Tuesday, the full court is scheduled to …

Toyota Knew of Danger of Stuck Pedals, Lawyer Tells Jurors

Toyota Motor Corp. knew of the danger of stuck pedals and failed to install a brake-override system in the 2006 Camry of a woman who died in a crash, a lawyer told jurors in the first fatal sudden-acceleration case to …

West Virginia Miners’ Kin Say Alpha Owes Them $1.5M Each

Relatives of three of the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster say Alpha Natural Resources has yet to pay them each $1.5 million as promised under a settlement agreement with the federal government. A lawsuit in …