Liability News

Duck Boat Maker to Pay up to $1M over Washington Crash

The company that manufactured a duck boat involved in a deadly crash in Seattle last year has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced. Ride the …

Oregon Water District, Couple Sued over Fatal 2015 Slide

Two sons of an Oregon woman who died when a mudslide tore through her home last winter seek nearly $10 million in a lawsuit filed against a Florence couple and a utility district. Stephen Miller and Keith Eldien allege the …

Colleagues of Oakland Artists’ Colony Founder Paint Caustic Portrait

The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists’ colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being, according to relatives, neighbors …

Cleanup Costs of Oregon Train Derailment Along River Pilling Up

Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is …

Lawsuit Alleges Inaction by Kansas State Officials Led to Another Rape

A female student contends in a court filing that Kansas State University’s failure to investigate the rape of another woman allowed the same alleged assailant to sexually assault her. The accusations were levied in court documents seeking to add the …

New Orleans Jury Awards $16M to 4 Workers for 2013 Plant Explosion

Four workers injured in a deadly 2013 petrochemical plant explosion in south Louisiana have been awarded a total of $16 million by a jury. This week’s verdict follows a separate late September trial in which four other workers were awarded …

Wyoming Transit Department Can’t be Sued in Pedestrian Death, Judge Rules

A state judge has ruled that the Wyoming Department of Transportation cannot be held legally responsible for the death of a 7-year-old girl who was struck and killed by an elderly driver last year in Riverton. The parents of Sophia …

Judge in Washington Finds Railway Could Be Liable if Spills Proven

A federal judge in Seattle has found that BNSF Railway could be held liable in a lawsuit claiming that coal spilled from trains pollutes waterways if environmental groups can show at trial that such discharges actually occurred. Ruling in the …

NTSB Blames Ohio Jet Crash That Killed 9 on Pilot Error

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the pilot in control of a corporate jet as it approached an Ohio airport improperly set the aircraft’s flaps and failed to maintain a proper speed, causing the plane to plunge into an …

Federal Safety Board: Pilots Ignored Procedures in Fatal 2015 Ohio Crash

The pilots of a charter flight that crashed last year in Akron, Ohio, killing seven employees of a Florida real estate development company, ignored multiple routine procedures and their company was lax in its oversight, an investigation has found. U.S. …