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Derailed Train in West Virginia Had Safer Tank Cars

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia earlier this month is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires – leading …

Increase in Kentucky Fracking Prompts Lawmakers to Update Rules

As Kentucky mines less coal and produces more natural gas, state lawmakers want to update the environmental protection rules that drilling companies are required to follow. But some landowners worry the state’s rush to welcome the practice of hydraulic fracturing, …

Florida Republicans Propose Medical Marijuana Bills to Appease Voters

Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year’s presidential race could drive opponents to the polls. Last …

Florida Court: GEICO on Hook for $100,000 in Additional Attorney Fees

A Florida court has ruled that one of the state’s largest automobile insurers must pay over $100,000 in attorney fees under the “additional payments” provision of its liability coverage. The Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal handed down its ruling …

Tobacco Firms to Settle 400 Florida Smokers’ Lawsuits for $100M

The three biggest U.S. tobacco companies agreed to pay $100 million to settle 400 Florida lawsuits, potentially resolving a group of cases filed after a 2006 ruling by the state’s highest court that made it easier for individuals to sue …

Three Arrested in Florida in Unlicensed Clinic PIP Fraud Scam

Three Central Florida arrests were made by the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud for the operation of an unlicensed clinic in Orlando that was used as part of a personal injury protection (PIP) fraud scheme, according to the Florida Department …

Report: North Carolina Hospitals Reduce Lawsuits Against Patients

Two North Carolina newspapers report that hospitals in the state have sharply reduced the practice of suing patients who don’t pay their bills. The analysis by the The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh shows that from …

Kentucky Bill Would Exempt Unpaid Pastors from Workers’ Comp Insurance

Kentucky House lawmakers have advanced a bill that would exempt some pastors from paying workers’ compensation insurance. Kentucky has hundreds of churches with tiny congregations whose pastors work for free. The state fined some of those churches last year because …

Georgia Legislature Advances Medical Marijuana Bill

A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the state Senate, even in its latest, watered-down …

Donald Trump Withdraws Lawsuit Against Florida City Over Noise Ordinance Violations

Donald Trump has withdrawn a lawsuit he just filed against city officials in a Miami suburb over noise-ordinance violations against his resort. Trump spokesman Ed Russo was quoted by the Miami Herald last week as saying that the lawsuit was …

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