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Vermont Transportation Boss Faces Insurance Fraud Charge

A Vermont Transportation Agency foreman is facing charges he lied to police and his insurance company after reporting damage to his personal truck was a hit-and-run accident, when it was hit by a new employee. Roger Daigle, of North Troy, …

Important Facts about Texas Fertilizer Blast May Be Sealed in Lawsuits

Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case. The agreements …

Fertilizer Makers Place Blame on City in West, Texas, Explosion

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast. El Dorado …

PIA National Names Webb to Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Post

The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has named attorney Jennifer M. Webb as counsel  and director of regulatory affairs. Webb is the former director of legislative affairs for Nolan Associates, where she managed legislative relations for the National …

Judge Upholds Florida Law Curbing Doctors’ Gun Speech with Patients

A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn’t violate the doctors’ First Amendment free speech rights. The …

Zimmerman to Appeal Florida Judge Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against NBC

George Zimmerman has filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal and three reporters. The appeal notice was filed with the Seminole County Clerk of Courts. Judge Debra Nelson on June 30 dismissed Zimmerman’s …

Washington Insurance Judge Untruthful In Case, Inspector Says

An independent investigator says the state insurance office’s top administrative-law judge was misleading and untruthful when it came to a high-profile insurance case that ultimately led to her suspension in May. Patricia Petersen had alleged that the insurance commissioner Chief …

Parents Sue Alaska Heli-Ski Company After Son’s Avalanche Death

The parents of a 26-year-old snowboarder who died after an Alaska avalanche have filed a federal lawsuit against a heli-skiing company, alleging it failed to assess the danger in the area. Nickolay Dobov of Truckee, California, died after the March …

California Wildfire Destroys 13 Homes, Hundreds of Homes at Risk

Firefighters in Northern California made progress Sunday against a wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed one home grew significantly overnight. East …

Primary-Enforced Texting Laws Save Drivers’ Lives: University Research

New research appears to confirm that laws against texting while driving do reduce traffic fatalities if they are primary enforcement laws. Primary texting bans are associated with a three percent reduction in traffic fatalities among all age groups, which is …

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