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New Hampshire Woman Withdraws Civil Suit Against Bill Cosby

A 72-year-old New Hampshire woman who says Bill Cosby raped her in 1965 has withdrawn her civil defamation lawsuit against the comedian after a federal judge had allowed the case to move forward. Kristina Ruehli’s lawyer told The Associated Press …

Ivanka Trump Faces Shoe Design Infringement Claim by Italian Firm

Ivanka Trump is being sued by an Italian shoe company that claims the fashion line carrying her name is selling a knockoff of one of its designs. The suit was filed by Aquazzura in federal court in New York against …

New Owner Anbang Insurance to Convert Most Waldorf Astoria Rooms into Condos

New York’s landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel is scheduled to close in spring 2017 so owner Anbang Insurance Group Co. can begin converting most of the more than 1,400 rooms to luxury condominiums, said a person with knowledge of the plans. …

Massachusetts Senate, House Ridesharing Bills Differ Over Airport Access

A bill that would regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, including requiring drivers undergo criminal background checks and mandate they carry insurance policies of at least $1 million, was unveiled last week by Massachusetts Senate leaders. Unlike a House …

Pennsylvania Widow Blames Railroad Trestle for Husband’s Death

A northeastern Pennsylvania woman is suing over a railroad trestle she contends is unsafe and led to her husband’s death on a dirt bike last year. Courtney Cruz contends her 29-year-old husband, Daniel, died when his bike fell through a …

New Hampshire Ridesharing Law Goes Into Effect

A state law requiring criminal background checks on drivers of ride-hailing companies took effect this week with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s signature. The law also requires ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to provide commercial insurance and have a zero-tolerance …

Integro Appoints Behrends as CFO

New York-based international broker and risk management firm Integro Insurance Brokers announced the hiring of Andrew Behrends as chief financial officer. Behrends brings 20 years of financial management experience to Integro.  Most recently he had been interim CFO of One …

Rhode Island Gets New Chief and Associate Workers’ Compensation Judges

Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo this week hosted official swearing-in ceremonies for a new chief judge and an associate judge of the state Workers’ Compensation Court. Judge Robert Ferrieri is the new chief judge of the court.  He will …

New York Area Car Wash Workers Awarded Back Pay

Eighteen immigrant car wash employees in New York and New Jersey received more than $91,000 each as part of a federal court settlement for unpaid wages, making it the biggest per-worker recovery in the car wash industry, lawyers said on …

Cross Insurance Buys Bardwell, Bowlby & Karem Agency in Berkshires

Cross Insurance has expanded its presence in western Massachusetts, New York and southern Vermont with the purchase of Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based independent insurance agency Bardwell, Bowlby & Karam, which has been serving the Berkshire area for 100 years. Terms of the acquisition are …

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