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Fracking-Related Water Problems Raise Issues in West Texas

A West Texas land baron and oilman is on the verge of pumping 5.4 million gallons of water a day from far under the desert mountains here and piping it 60 miles to the nation’s most bountiful oil field, the …

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Seattle Law Allowing Ridesharing Union

A federal judge in Seattle, Wash. has temporarily blocked the city’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik’s ruling came after he heard …

Audit Shows Risk Management Fund for New Mexico City Being Drained by Suits

Legal settlements in law enforcement civil rights cases over the past five years have severely depleted Albuquerque, N.M.’s risk management fund, which pays for uninsured losses. In a letter to city officials, state Auditor Tim Keller wrote that the city …

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Athletes against University of Oregon

A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by three former University of Oregon basketball players who were suspended after being accused of an off-campus sexual assault. The Register Guard reported that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane sided with UO and …

Insurance Costs Rise in Idaho County following Lawsuits

Twin Falls County’s insurance premiums have gone up due to lawsuit settlements paid by Idaho Counties Risk Management Program. The Times-News reported that the county’s insurance payments have increased 58 percent over the past five years from $350,639 for the …

Judge Dismisses Group of Lawsuits against Colorado Theater

A federal judge has dismissed a consolidated group of lawsuits brought against the owner of the Colorado movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70 others. Judge R. Brooke Jackson dismissed the lawsuits brought against Cinemark by …

Washington Apple Grower Settles Harassment, Retaliation Suits for $272K

One of the largest apple producers in the United States will pay $272,000 to 20 claimants as part of a settlement resolving sexual harassment and retaliation claims pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity …

Iowa Court Ruling Makes Defense Attorney Malpractice Suits Easier

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a man who pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for sex but later had the conviction overturned can sue his defense attorney for legal malpractice without being required to prove he’s innocent. The …

Time Warner Cable Settles Lawsuits by California City for $5M

Time Warner Cable has agreed to pay $5 million to settle lawsuits that claimed it owed Los Angeles millions in city fees. Last week’s settlement was announced this week. The city filed two lawsuits that claimed Time Warner holds a …

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 …