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Plaintiffs Win One and Lose One in COVID-19 Business-Interruption Legal FightOpen in a New Window

A federal judge in Florida last week denied an insurer’s petition to dismiss a COVID-19 business-interruption lawsuit, while a federal magistrate judge in California threw out a similar claim. Both lawsuits were filed by plaintiffs whose policies excluded coverage for …

 

Masks Are Coveted Items With Covid and Smoke Sweeping West CoastOpen in a New Window

Lindsey Major, wracked with asthma, crisscrossed Seattle in search of an N95 mask as wildfire smoke blanketed the West Coast. The 25-year-old from Mercer Island scoured stores. Pharmacies, big-box outlets, grocers — none had anything to offer. At work, a …

 

Lawyers Eye Neo-Nazi Website Founder’s Assets for $14M AwardOpen in a New Window

Attorneys for a Montana real estate agent are eyeing the assets of a neo-Nazi website operator to collect a $14 million court judgment against the man for an anti-Semitic online “troll storm” that he orchestrated against the Jewish woman and …

 

Owner of Fire-Stricken Ship to Pay $1.8M for Sri Lankan HelpOpen in a New Window

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The owner of a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka’s coast has agreed to pay $1.8 million to the island nation for its help in extinguishing the blaze, an official sad Thursday. MV …

 

Wildfires Taint West Coast Vineyards With Taste of SmokeOpen in a New Window

TURNER, Ore. — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have …

 

Breach at Software Provider to Local Governments, SchoolsOpen in a New Window

DALLAS — A major provider of software services for governments and schools across the United States, Tyler Technologies, told customers Wednesday that an unknown intruder broke into its phone and information technology systems. It could not immediately be determined whether …

 

Arson Closes Wooden Bridge in Mississippi IndefinitelyOpen in a New Window

TUPELO, Miss. — Folks in one Mississippi county will have to find an alternate route home after a fire on one of the few remaining wooden bridges in the area has closed it for at least 30 days. Firefighters from …

 

NTSB: Pilot’s Actions Likely Caused Earnhardt Plane CrashOpen in a New Window

A pilot’s inability to maintain proper airspeed and the flight crew’s decision to continue an unstable approach and landing likely caused the crash of a small plane carrying race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family in 2019, according …

 

Structured Settlement Swindler With Kennedy Ties Sentenced to PrisonOpen in a New Window

A well-connected Virginia financial advisor was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for embezzling approximately $8 million from money that the U.S. government and a hospital had entrusted to him to set up annuities for 13 people …

 

U.S. Justice Department Proposes Changes to Internet Platforms’ ImmunityOpen in a New Window

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met with nine Republican state attorneys general on Wednesday to discuss the fate of a legal immunity for internet companies after the Justice Department unveiled a legislative proposal aimed at reforming the same law. Trump …

 

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Novel Opioid Settlement FrameworkOpen in a New Window

A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge’s approval of a novel plan by lawyers representing cities and counties suing drug companies over the U.S. opioid crisis that would bring every community nationally into their settlement talks. The 6th …

 

As Wildfires Approach Silicon Valley, Tech Firms Struggle to Find the Backing to Fight ThemOpen in a New Window

Silicon Valley’s innovation engine has been slow to produce useful new tools to help firefighters like Dave Winnacker extinguish the deadly blazes that each year fill California’s skies with smoke. Winnacker, a fire district chief who led a team against …

 

Close Call With Storm Renews Debate Over Houston BarrierOpen in a New Window

GALVESTON, Texas — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region’s …

 

Few Resources, Old-Growth Forest Allowed For Fire’s GrowthOpen in a New Window

LOS ANGELES — A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving wildfire to make an unprecedented run through Southern California mountains and eventually find fuel in old-growth trees to become one of Los …

 

Vanessa Bryant Sues LA Sheriff Over Helicopter Crash PhotosOpen in a New Window

LOS ANGELES — Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others. …

 

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