Liability News

Rotted Beams Identified In Deadly Northern California Balcony Collapse

A balcony that snapped off an apartment building and led to the deaths of six college students was supported by wooden beams that had been badly rotted by exposure to moisture, building inspectors in Berkeley, Calif., said. The city Building …

Colorado Schools Liable For Violence Under New Law

Legislation to allow lawsuits against Colorado schools when there are shootings or other violence was signed into law this week by Gov. John Hickenlooper. With the law, Colorado will be among a few states that allow school lawsuits for cases of …

Dubuque, Iowa, Repeals City Park Sledding Ban

The Dubuque City Council has repealed a section of city ordinances that banned sledding from some city parks. On Jan. 5 the council voted to prohibit sledding, skiing and inner tubes on all but two city properties. The decision drew …

Oregon Hash Oil Maker Burned in Blast Sues Butane Businesses

A Portland, Ore. man burned when a hash oil operation exploded has filed an $11 million product liability suit against makers and distributors of the butane canisters he was using. The suit says 28-year-old Kevin Tveisme (TWEYES’-may) was burned over …

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Names Emerson to Head Liability Claims in Canada

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has named Paul Emerson as head of liability claims in Canada. Emerson comes to BHSI from the law firm of Clyde & Co Canada LLP. “As an attorney with extensive experience handling casualty, executive and …

Colorado Lawmakers Agree on School Violence Liability Bill

Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety awaits the governor’s signature. The state House and Senate agreed Monday on final language in the bill to allow public schools to be sued for negligence in cases of …

QBE Appoints Huber as Head of European Liability

London-based QBE European Operations, which is part of QBE Insurance Group, has appointed Thomas Huber to lead the expansion of its European liability portfolio. Huber has joined as head of European liability with responsibility for developing QBE’s liability book in …

Construction Lawsuit Liability Bill Defeated In Colorado House

A long-awaited bill to make it harder to sue Colorado homebuilders for defective construction has failed in the Colorado legislature. The bill was rejected Tuesday by a House committee controlled by Democrats. The measure would have revised procedures for construction …

Idaho Family Injured in DUI Crash Sues Bar, Owners

Three people who were injured when a drunken driver crashed his truck into a northern Idaho home have filed a lawsuit against the bar where the man drank before the accident. The Coeur d’Alene Press reported that the lawsuit on …

Parents of Missouri Teen Killed by Police Sue City of Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., was sued by the family of an unarmed black teenager whose fatal shooting by a police officer triggered nationwide protests, while subsequent deaths at the hands of police fueled a national debate about how law enforcement treats minorities. …