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Alaska Governor Declares Disaster for 2 Bering Sea Communities

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has issued a disaster declaration for two Bering Sea communities hit by storms earlier this winter. The declaration, signed by Walker Feb. 1 and announced this week, says Savoonga and Gambell reported damages in excess of …

Montana House Votes to Cap Punitive Damages Awards

The Montana House has given initial approval to a measure that would reduce the amount a court can award in punitive damages. The cap on those awards meant to punish a company or individual for fraud or malice is now …

California Woman Slaps Chipotle With $2.2B Suit over Privacy Violation

A California woman has filed a lawsuit against Chipotle alleging the Denver-based company used a photo of her without her consent for commercial gain. The Denver Post reported that Sacramento resident Leah Caldwell is seeking more than $2 billion in …

Founders Closing Central California Arthouse after Fire Inspection

Founders of a popular artists’ collective operating in a Fresno, Calif. warehouse say they’re closing following an Oakland fire in December that killed dozens. Adam Mena, a co-founder of the space called Arthouse, tells the Fresno Bee that they’ll out …

Central California City Wins $22M from Shell Oil in Toxic Drinking Water Case

The central California city of Clovis has won a $22 million civil case against Shell Oil over the cleanup of a toxic chemical found in drinking-water wells, officials said. The Fresno Bee reported that the chemical 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, is …

Young Victim’s Family Brings First Suit in Deadly California Fire

The parents of a 20-year-old college student who died in the arms of her boyfriend in Oakland’s deadly warehouse fire filed the first lawsuit Friday in the disaster, blaming the building’s owner, chief tenant and others. The lawsuit, filed in …

$160M Claim Filed by Navajo Nation Over Mine Spill

The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year’s mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states. A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Suit against Washington Shoemaker over Use of Marathoner’s Name Dismissed

The maker of a popular line of minimalist running shoes doesn’t have to pay damages for naming some of its models after Abebe Bikila, the legendary Ethiopian runner who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, a federal judge has ruled. …

Spanish Teacher at Oregon Community College Files $300K Discrimination Suit

A Spanish language teacher who was fired from Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. has filed a lawsuit against the college alleging ethnic discrimination and retaliation. The Register-Guard reported Maria Gutierrez, of Veneta, filed the suit Monday and is seeking …

Federal Government Sues California Homeowner for $25M over Wildfire

The federal government is suing a California homeowner for nearly $25 million, contending his negligence sparked a 2013 fire in the mountains east of Los Angeles that forced 5,000 people from their homes. The lawsuit says that a short in a …