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Gonzaga University Settles For $400K in Student Death

Gonzaga University has paid $400,000 to the family of Christopher Gormley, a student from Everett who died on a kayak trip organized by the school. The 18-year-old Gormley was one of seven people on a kayak trip to Rock Lake …

Oregon Judge Tosses Pimp’s Sneaker Warning Suit

An Oregon judge needed less than a half hour to dismiss a $100 million lawsuit filed by an imprisoned pimp who contended Nike should have included a consumer warning on the sneakers the man used to beat a prostitute’s customer. …

Novato, Insurer Others Settle Suit Over California Girl Killed By SUV

The city of Novato and other defendants have settled a lawsuit by the family of a 12-year-old California girl who was struck and killed by a SUV while riding her bicycle home from school two years ago. The Marin Independent …

Brown Signs California Requiring Extinguishers After Limo Fire

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring certain types of limousines to have two fire extinguishers and undergo regular safety checks. Brown announced Tuesday that he signed SB611 by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo. The bill …

Employee Suit Against Edison Utility in California to Be Heard by Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to weigh whether to revive certain claims made in a class action lawsuit filed by employees against utility Edison International over its pension plan management. The nine justices will consider a lawsuit filed …

Institutional Officer Nabbed In $60,000 in California Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

James Levice Davis Junious, 33, was arrested for allegedly collecting more than $60,000 in workers’ compensation benefits he was not entitled to receive. Junious was charged with five felony counts including insurance fraud and grand theft. In November 2012, Junious …

Stone Creek in California Brings on Pickens and Lazar

Stone Creek Insurance Agency in Lafayette, Calif. has hired Mia Pickens and George Lazar to help increase personal lines revenue and service. Pickens will serve as the personal lines account manager. Her main role will be to re-quote and maintain …

Case Of Utah Boy Who Killed Himself Gets Settled

The family of a 14-year-old Utah boy who say their son was bullied prior to committing suicide outside a school in a Salt Lake City suburb has reached a settlement with the school district, the two sides announced Monday. The …

Jury in Colorado Awards $2.5M In Hit-And-Run Case

A Denver jury has determined a 29-year-old Colorado man was at fault in a fatal hit-and-run crash and has awarded the victim’s family $2.5 million. The Denver Post reported  the jury determined last week that Daniel Kliem was at fault …

Colorado Mother And Son Convicted Of Arson Insurance Scam

A Fort Collins, Colo. mother and son have been sentenced to prison for setting their home on fire with hopes of collecting an insurance payout. The Coloradoan reported that 53-year-old Kellie Lawson-Welborne and 34-year-old Christopher Welborne pleaded guilty in July …

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