Liability News

NBA’s Thunder Among Groups Opposing Oklahoma Gun Bills

Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state’s business community, including the NBA’s Oklahoma City …

California High Court to Review Industry Custom in Liability Cases

The California Supreme Court has granted review to consider when and if evidence of industry custom and practice is admissible in a strict products liability action. In Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp. plaintiff William Jae sued Toyota for injuries Kim …

New Mexico Court Rules Prison Firm Can Be Held Liable for Rapes

The New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed this week that a private prison operator may be held liable to pay damages to three female inmates who were raped by a guard. The opinion could influence the final outcome of an appeal …

Google Takes Partial Blame After Self-Driving Car Hit Bus

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Monday it bears “some responsibility” after one of its self-driving cars struck a municipal bus in a minor crash earlier this month. The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars …

Oklahoma Utility: Poor Workmanship on Gas Pipeline Caused House Explosion

A gas utility has said bad workmanship was the cause of a Jan. 2 pipeline explosion that obliterated a northwest Oklahoma City home, damaged dozens of others and severely injured a man. Oklahoma Natural Gas cited a 3.5 inch crack …

Tokio Marine Kiln Hires Brand & Lynchehaun as Liability Underwriters in London

Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK), the provider of specialist and corporate insurance, has appointed Andrew Brand and Dervla Lynchehaun as liability underwriters in its London office. With more than a decade of experience, Brand joins TMK from QBE Insurance where he …

Judge Slows Outcome of California Uber Drivers’ Suit

Uber Technologies Inc. won a ruling that may put off the outcome of a bid by California drivers to be treated as employees in a lawsuit that has grown dramatically in both size and potential liability. U.S. District Judge Edward …

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 …

New Mexico Jury Holds Utility Companies Partially Liable for Fire

A jury decided this week that two utility companies hold most of the liability in one of the largest wildfires in New Mexico’s recorded history. Jurors gave their verdict in Bernalillo following a weekslong trial that centered on whether Jemez …

Montana Bar to Blame for Woman Who Stole Truck And Died in Crash, Railway Says

BNSF Railway is suing a Whitefish, Mont. bar for allegedly over-serving a woman who stole a company truck and was killed when she crashed it into a tree. The Flathead Beacon reported the lawsuit claims Casey’s Bar & Casino is …