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Oregon High Court Declines to Hear Del Monte’s Appeal

The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to review a 2009 Multnomah County jury’s class action verdict, upholding a finding that a Portland food-processing plant violated Oregon’s wage and hour laws. Because of the denial Thursday, Del Monte Fresh Produce will …

Boy Assaulted By Hawaii School Worker: Suit

A lawsuit alleges a Hilo, Hawaii elementary school student was assaulted by a school employee. The lawsuit was filed last week by the boy’s father. The lawsuit alleges Hilo Union School Student Activities Coordinated Sharon Furstenwerth hit the then-9-year-old boy …

Porsche Sued In Los Angeles Over Paul Walker Crash

The wife of a man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker is suing the automaker, alleging it designed a faulty vehicle. The wrongful death and negligence lawsuit was filed Monday in Los …

California’s Next Mega Fire, This Could be The Year

When Thomas Jeffery visits states like California, he likes to take some time out to drive around and take a hard look at the conditions and the landscape. As a scientist, Jeffery feels this helps put first-person observations into his …

No Fault For Wyoming Resort in 2009 Chair Lift Spill

A jury has ruled that Snow King Resort in Wyoming was not at fault for a 7-year-old’s 2009 tumble from a ski lift. The final judgment stated that Glenn and Leya Oswald would recover nothing from the case, and the …

Worker Settles Lawsuit Over Facebook Page With Maui

Maui County in Hawaii is settling a federal lawsuit that alleged unconstitutional interference with a Facebook page. Settlement terms include the county paying $25,000 in attorneys’ fees and damages and re-writing its anti-harassment policy, the American Civil Liberties Union of …

New Mexico Wildfire Spreading Uncontained

An uncontained wildfire in New Mexico is approaching 5,000 acres is threatening several structures, ranches and campgrounds, and has forced some evacuations, according to fire officials. The Signal Fire 10 miles north of Silver City in the Gila National Forest …

Heffernan Names De La Rosa as Director in California

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Heffernan Insurance Brokers named Jani De La Rosa as director of employee benefits and senior vice president. De La Rosa  will be responsible for managing benefit program designs, benefit strategies and business development.  De La Rosa will also serve …

Firefighter Involved in California Asiana Rescue Files Lawsuit

A San Francisco firefighter accused of accidentally running over a passenger thrown from the wreckage of an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco International Airport is suing the San Francisco Fire Department. Elyse Duckett alleges that she is …

California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms

A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented. WCRI looked at the potential impact of recent reform legislation on price and utilization of medical services …

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