Insurance Journal » damages http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:27:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Rescission Decision Averts $43M in Damages in California Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326656.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326656 Attorneys representing Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. averting what could have been a $43 million payout in damages a California court this week characterized the case a cautionary tale for insurers. The case is Heide Kurtz v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., …

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Comedian George Wallace Awarded $1.3M in Vegas lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/10/325962.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:54:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325962 A Nevada jury has awarded $1.3 million in damages to comedian George Wallace for a leg injury he said he suffered while performing at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007. The split decision in a civil negligence and personal …

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School District In Alaska Faces $4.5M Judgment For Negligence http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/09/325866.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:19:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325866 A judge has ruled that the Anchorage School District was negligent and liable for $4.5 million in damages in a lawsuit filed by the family of a student who was severely injured after falling at his school. Superior Court Judge …

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Judge Awards Utah Woman $250K In Dog Bite Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/08/325778.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:03:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325778 A judge has ruled in favor of an Ogden, Utah woman in a lawsuit over a severe dog bite. Second District Judge Mike DiReda found that Sara Loving was owed $250,000 in damages from defendants James and Cindy Davis for …

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New Mexico Jury Gives 1-Cent Damage Award http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/07/325734.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:10:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325734 A potash mining company won its lawsuit against an oil and gas company over a mistake in a New Mexico drilling project but a jury awarded just one cent of damages. The award for Plymouth, Mass.-based Mosaic Co. in its …

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Millions For Comic’s Vegas Injury Requested Of Jury http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/07/325640.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:06:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325640 A Nevada jury was asked Friday to award comedian George Wallace at least $7.1 million for earnings he claims he lost as a result of a leg injury he said he received while performing in December 2007 at a posh …

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Nevada Jury Awards $10M After Mom Dies In DUI Crash http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/03/325390.htm Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:14:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325390 A Clark Count, Nev. jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a 28-year-old woman who died when her friend drove drunk after a birthday party. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported James LaPelusa and his two sons won the …

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Ridesharing Service Sued by Seattle Taxi Drivers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/26/324477.htm Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:08:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324477 A Seattle-area taxi drivers organization has sued an app-based ridesharing service, alleging that Uber violates multiple laws and regulations, thus harming taxi drivers and the public. The Seattle Times reported the lawsuit filed Monday by the Western Washington Taxicab Operators …

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Comedian’s Vegas Suit Goes on With Jury Selection http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/25/324373.htm Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:03:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324373 Comedian George Wallace is in a Las Vegas courtroom seeking damages from a Strip resort for a leg injury he received when he fell over electrical wiring during a private performance in 2007. Jury selection continued Thursday in Clark County …

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Initiative Targeting California Medical Malpractice Submitted http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/24/324197.htm Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:27:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324197 California’s limit of $250,000 on medical malpractice damages for pain and suffering, which became a model for other states almost 40 years ago, could be increased under a voter initiative to be submitted on Monday. Proponents said they’ve gathered 830,000 …

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Oregon Newspaper Sued Over Rental Ad Prohibiting Children http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/13/323205.htm Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:08:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323205 The state labor agency has sued a weekly Junction City newspaper over a rental ad that prohibited families with children. The Register-Guard reported the lawsuit filed against The Tribune News is seeking $59,500 in damages. The ad, which ran once …

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Another Montana Couple Files Landslide Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/11/322963.htm Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:04:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322963 Another couple contending their property is on an active landslide has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a private ski resort and golf community in southwestern Montana. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reportedthat Thomas Pettus and L. Cecily Hine filed …

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Bank Told To Pay $3.2M For New Mexico Foreclosure Despite Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/10/322837.htm Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:42:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322837 A New Mexico judge has issued a $3.2 million judgment against Wells Fargo & Co. for foreclosing on a man’s home after his death, even though he had a purchased an insurance policy through the bank that would have paid …

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Texas Woman Sues SMU After Alleged Rapist Is Acquitted http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/10/322822.htm Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:15:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322822 A Southern Methodist University student who says she was raped on the Texas campus is suing both the school and her alleged attacker, seeking damages of more than $1 million. The Dallas Morning News reported the lawsuit comes after the …

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Phone Giant AT&T Sued by California Yellow Pages Firm http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/07/322678.htm Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:48:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322678 A California Yellow Pages company has filed a lawsuit against AT&T in a dispute over phone book advertising. The lawsuit filed by Fresno-based Valley Yellow Pages says a rival phone book run by AT&T is offering illegal, secret discounts to …

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Idaho Worker Awarded Damages for Reporting Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/04/322163.htm Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:08:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322163 A northern Idaho jury has awarded $56,000 to an excavation crew foreman who said he was fired for reporting safety violations on the Sand Creek Byway. The Bonner County Daily Bee reported the Bonner County jury on Friday voted 9-3 …

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New Wisconsin Lemon Law Limits Time to Seek Damages http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/03/321994.htm Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:29:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321994 If the vehicle you just bought turns out to be a lemon, you’ll have less time in Wisconsin to seek damages from the manufacturer and you won’t get as much money. The restrictions that went into effect on March 1 …

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Woman Sues Oregon Hospital For $600K In Slip-And-Fall Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/24/321377.htm Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:21:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321377 A woman seeks $600,000 in a slip-and-fall lawsuit filed against a Bend, Ore. hospital. The Bend Bulletin reported the lawsuit filed on behalf of Diana Jones alleges the hospital failed to warn of a slippery tile floor as visitors tracked …

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Mother Sues Over Son’s Allergy Death In Washington Jail http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/21/321212.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:20:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321212 The mother of a 22-year-old man with severe food allergies who died at the Snohomish County Jail in Washington in 2012 has sued Snohomish County. The lawsuit Rose Saffioti filed Wednesday lists as defendants the county, a corrections officer and …

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Malpractice Award Battle Could End Up On California Ballot http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/20/321090.htm Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:02:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321090 Supporters of raising California’s award limit for medical malpractice suits hope to put the issue before voters and are gathering signatures to do so. The Los Angeles Times reported lawyers and consumer groups are getting signatures for a ballot measure …

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Indiana Appeals Court Says Contractors Don’t Owe Damages in Courthouse Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/11/320148.htm Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:33:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320148 The Indiana state appeals court says contractors don’t have to pay a southern Indiana county part of the cost of repairing its historic courthouse following a 2009 fire. The court last week upheld a lower court ruling against Jefferson County …

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$52M Awarded by Montana Jury Awards in Bank Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/uncategorized/2014/01/27/318481.htm Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:16:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318481 A Montana jury has awarded an office supply manufacturer $52 million in its lawsuit against its former bank. Masters Group International Inc. sued Comerica Inc. after the bank reneged on a November 2008 agreement to delay collection of a $10.5 …

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Twenty Years Later Big Lesson From Northridge Quake Lost http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/17/317586.htm Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:44:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317586 Twenty years ago today a big one hit the Los Angeles area, killing several people and injuring thousands, damaging tens of thousands of properties, shutting down businesses, putting out of operation some of the nation’s busiest freeways and radically changing …

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Hawaii Dentist Negligence Alleged in Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/07/316240.htm Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:13:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316240 The parents of a 3-year-old girl who suffered massive brain damage have filed a lawsuit against a Kailua, Hawaii dentist, alleging negligence and dangerous conduct in sedating the child. Ashley and Evan Boyle filed the lawsuit last week against Lilly …

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Louisiana Judge Ends Katrina Flooding Lawsuits Against Feds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/12/30/315702.htm Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:21:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315702 Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has dismissed the cases. The move comes more than a year …

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Wyoming Woman Awarded $28.2M In Carbon Monoxide Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/30/315689.htm Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:03:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315689 A federal court jury has awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said she suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning at a Casper, Wyo. apartment. The Casper Star-Tribune reported a jury ruled for Amber Lompe on Dec. 20 in Cheyenne federal …

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California Servers Awarded $5.7M In Age Discrimination Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/27/315542.htm Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:38:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315542 A jury has awarded nearly $5.7 million to four servers who alleged they were fired from a Los Angeles restaurant because of their ages. City News Service reported Superior Court jurors last week awarded damages to the women, who range …

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Utah, Chevron Agree On $5.35M Fuel Spill Settlement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/18/314950.htm Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:05:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314950 Utah officials say they’ve come to a tentative $5.35 million settlement with Chevron after a pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel in northern Utah earlier this year. Chevron officials did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday. …

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Heavy Snow Damages Docks on North Arkansas Lakes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/12/12/314275.htm Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:48:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314275 Authorities in north Arkansas say a dock collapse on Lake Norfork does not pose an immediate threat of contamination to the lake. Henderson Fire Chief Rodney May says the weight of snow and ice caused the roof of a boat …

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Little Rock, Arkansas Police Work 124 Accidents on Slick Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/12/11/314077.htm Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:46:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314077 Little Rock, Ark., police say they’ve worked 124 vehicle accidents since wintry weather hit the state on Dec. 6. The police department says 60 accidents involved damages of more than $1,000, while 64 accidents had damages estimated at less than …

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