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Nevada Governor Signs Construction Defect Bill

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a bill aimed at curbing frivolous lawsuits over construction defects after the measure passed through the Republican-controlled Legislature along party lines. The Republican governor said AB125, which was sponsored by Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen, …

Nevada Bill Proposes Liability Protections for Horse-Related Injuries

Rural Nevada lawmakers are proposing a bill that would improve liability protections for horse-related accidents and injuries. Sen. Pete Goicoechea and Assemblyman John Ellison introduced SB 129 to the Senate Committee on Judiciary this week. Current state law puts an …

Class Action Lawsuits Bill Advanced in Oregon House

The state House has approved a measure changing the way Oregon handles class-action lawsuits. Two Republicans joined all Democrats present in approving the measure 35-22 on Monday. The Republicans were Julie Parrish of West Linn and Vic Gilliam of Silverton. …

California Consumer Sues Anthem Over Data Breach

Anthem Inc. faces what may be the first of many consumer lawsuits a day after disclosing that hackers obtained data on tens of millions of current and former customers and employees. A California woman on Thursday accused the health insurer …

Attorneys, Insurers Facing Off over Hail Litigation in Texas

The vestiges of twin hailstorms that ravaged the south Texas coast in 2012 are now blowing through the halls of the Capitol in Austin. Two of the state’s most-powerful lobbies, the insurance industry and trial lawyers, are gearing up for …

Texas Plant with Fatal Gas Leak Had Been Cited for Infractions

A DuPont and Co pesticide plant where four people died in a gas leak in November had been cited for emissions violations by a state agency on several occasions before the accident, the Houston Chronicle reported. The newspaper cited public …

CNA Seeks to Limit Liability in Minnesota Priest Abuse Case

An insurance company has asked a court to limit or eliminate its responsibility to cover some clergy sex abuse claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Last month, the archdiocese sued about 20 insurers in federal court to …

Safety Of Guardrails Questioned by Kansas, Missouri

Missouri and Kansas transportation officials have suspended installations of a guardrail system after concerns that parts of the guardrails break off on impact and run through vehicles, causing injuries to drivers and passengers. The two states are among 40 that …

First Lawsuits Filed Over Fatal South by Southwest Crash in Austin

The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, accused organizers of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers. The suits …

Schools in California to Pay $139M in Sex Abuse Settlement

The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to pay $139 million to settle lawsuits by sexual abuse victims of a former third-grade teacher whose 2012 arrest sparked criticism of how allegations of abuse were handled at schools in the district’s …