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Alaska Flight Company Ordered to Compensate Whistleblower Pilot

A federal agency has ordered an Alaska flight service company to compensate and rehire a pilot fired after reporting safety concerns four years ago. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it’s ordering Homer-based Bald Mountain Air …

Ex-LA Times Columnist’s $7.1M Award Tossed by Judge

A judge has thrown out a $7.1-million jury award to former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers, who claimed he was forced to quit because of age and health discrimination. A judge stripped $2.1 million Simers was awarded in November …

At Least $243M for Cleanup From 2 Massive California Fires

Cleaning up from two destructive Northern California wildfires this fall will cost at least $243 million, far exceeding the cost for other recent blazes, state officials estimated as they transferred more money from the state’s rainy day fund to help …

Nearly $60M Settlement Reached in Washington Fire

A settlement of nearly $60 million has been reached for people who suffered damages as the result of a 2012 blaze near Cle Elum, Wash. lawyers said Monday. Rod Nelson with Abeyta Nelson law firm said in a release that …

Central California Organizations at Odds over Explosion Liability

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Foundation for Public Safety has filed a claim against the county seeking reimbursement after an employee struck a gas pipeline and caused an explosion in April. The county employee was building a dirt berm at a …

Utah Judge Tosses Suit Against School in Teacher Sex Case

A Utah judge tossed out a lawsuit claiming a school district didn’t do enough to protect students from a female teacher who sexually abused three male students. Judge John Morris said he was ruling in line with a Utah law …

Washington Jury Finds Auditors Liable for $10M in Madoff losses

A Seattle, Wash. jury has found of Ernst & Young liable for half of more than $20 million lost by a Washington investment company in the wake of Bernie Madoff’s multi-decade investment scam. FutureSelect Portfolio Management attorney Steven Thomas said …

Jury in Washington Awards $21.5M to Man Hurt by Cruise Ship Door

A federal jury in Seattle, Wash. awarded $21.5 million in damages to an Illinois man who was injured by an automatic sliding-glass door on a cruise ship in 2011. The verdict included $16.5 million in punitive damages. James Hausman’s attorneys …

Official Files $123K Claim Following Arizona University Mascot Pounce

A suburban Phoenix official filed a claim against Arizona State University, saying the school mascot seriously injured his back when the costumed character playfully leaped on him at a football game two months after surgery. But Tempe City Councilman David …

Montana Jury Awards $2M in Mistaken House Title Suit

A Yellowstone County, Mont. jury has awarded just over $2 million in damages to a Texas man after a loan servicing company negligently included the legal description of his Billings property in the foreclosure paperwork for a Butte property. District …