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Lawsuits Over West Virginia Chemical Spill Moved to District Court

Lawsuits against Freedom Industries Inc., whose leaky chemical tank polluted drinking water in West Virginia, were transferred from bankruptcy court to federal district court in Charleston last week to “assure efficient case administration.” On Jan. 9, eight days before the …

West Virginia Seeks Input on Chemical Tank Safety Rules

West Virginia regulators are asking stakeholders for input as they begin developing rules to implement a new chemical storage tank safety law. The Water Resources Protection Act regulates above-ground storage tanks like the one that leaked at Freedom Industries on …

Florida Constitutional Amendment on Medical Malpractice Caps Urged

Following a Florida Supreme Court decision that struck down caps on certain awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, the members of a 2002 task force that supported those caps are calling for a constitutional amendment that would place the caps on …

Kentucky Court Clarifies Religious Exemption from Labor Laws

Religious institutions in Kentucky may hire and fire people from strictly ecclesiastical jobs as they see fit, but could face legal action if an employment contract is involved, the Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled. In two decisions, the justices reinstated …

Geico to Add 500 Jobs in Georgia

A national insurance company has announced plans to create new jobs in middle Georgia. The Telegraph of Macon reported that Geico is planning to add more than 500 new positions to its Macon office by the end of the year. …

Florida Court Finds Law Protects Against Pregnancy Discrimination

The state’s civil rights laws include the protection of women discriminated against for pregnancy, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The opinion finds that the intent of current statute, though not explicitly addressing pregnancy, protects individuals based on gender. In …

Mississippi Withdrawing Lawsuit Over Flood Insurance Rates

Mississippi’s insurance regulator is withdrawing his lawsuit against the federal government after Congress voted to delay changes to the federal flood insurance program. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said he is withdrawing the suit aimed at stopping flood insurance premium …

South Carolina Looks to Increase Home Mitigation Funding

South Carolina lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase grants to homeowners who strengthen their homes against storm damage. The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved the “Competitive Insurance Act,” which will provide $1.6 million additional funding for …

New South Carolina Law Requires Ignition Locks in More DUI Cases

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as signed into law a bill requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won’t let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking. The governor enacted what …

Former Ballplayer Brooks Robinson Seeks $9.9M From Tribe Over Fall

Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe’s South Florida casino. Attorney Jack Hickey is asking …

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