Liability News

Important Facts about Texas Fertilizer Blast May Be Sealed in Lawsuits

Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case. The agreements …

Fertilizer Makers Place Blame on City in West, Texas, Explosion

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast. El Dorado …

Wisconsin High Court Partially Sides with Railroad in Parade Case

A Memorial Day parade that led to a traffic jam blocking railroad tracks in a Milwaukee suburb did not amount to a specific hazard that could make the railroad company liable for striking a minivan, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has …

Kaufman Dolowoich & Voluck Taps Castoria in California

Louis Castoria has been named partner and director of the West Coast professional liability practice group at Kaufman Dolowoich & Voluck. Castoria will work out of the San Francisco, Calif. office. His practice focuses on professional liability defense in the …

Analysis: NFL Concussion Decision Could Change Liability Policies

Insurance industry professionals and attorneys are closely following the most recent concussion-based litigations as they proceed through state and federal courts. Just last week in the well-publicized In re National Football League players’ concussion injury litigation, a federal judge preliminarily …

Illinois Towns See Medical Marijuana as New Job Source

The prospect of adding jobs — even as few as 30 — has led officials in many shrinking Illinois’ communities to set aside any qualms about the state’s legalization of medical marijuana and to get friendly with would-be growers. The …

Wisconsin City Sues Organizer of Pub Crawl to Recoup Costs

The city of Oshkosh, Wis., is suing a man who organized a costly pub crawl without a permit. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports the city filed a small claims lawsuit against Joseph Kubiak for money it spent on police patrolling and …

Colorado Governor Signs Law Giving $18M to 2012 Fire Victims

Victims of a 2012 Colorado wildfire started by the state will receive about $18 million in liability payments with a bill that’s been signed into law. The legislation signed into law Friday by Gov. John Hickenlooper identifies nearly two dozen …

Insurer for Nebraska’s Douglas County Sued for Damages in Murder Case

Two men wrongfully accused in a 2006 double murder are going after Douglas County’s liability insurance carrier to recoup a multimillion-dollar judgment against the county’s former crime lab chief. Attorneys for Matthew Livers and Nicholas Sampson filed garnishment claims last …

Paralyzed Snowboarder Wants Oregon Resort Held Responsible for Faulty Jump

The Oregon Supreme Court has been asked to invalidate a ski resort’s liability waiver by a snowboarder paralyzed from the waist down on one of the resort’s expert jumps. The snowboarder’s attorneys argue that the resort bears a responsibility for …