Liability News

San Francisco Considers Ending Ban Renting Homes

San Francisco lawmakers are considering making it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported. Supervisor David Chiu introduced legislation …

Rescission Decision Averts $43M in Damages in California Case

Attorneys representing Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. averting what could have been a $43 million payout in damages this week characterized the California court case a cautionary tale for insurers. The case is Heide Kurtz v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., et al., and …

U.S. Agencies Join Probe of Fatal California FedEx/Bus Crash

FedEx Corp. will be in the spotlight of U.S. safety investigations operating alongside local law enforcement inquiries after a fiery truck-bus collision killed 10 people in California. Two federal agencies said that they were joining the probe into the April …

Millions For Comic’s Vegas Injury Requested Of Jury

A Nevada jury was asked Friday to award comedian George Wallace at least $7.1 million for earnings he claims he lost as a result of a leg injury he said he received while performing in December 2007 at a posh …

Could Washington Landslide Lawsuits Win?

The warnings could hardly have been clearer. One technical report told of the “potential for a large catastrophic failure” of the 600-foot hillside above a rural neighborhood near Oso, on the Stillaguamish River. Another noted plainly that it “poses a …

Ag Tourism Liability Bill Passes Wisconsin Senate

Farmers wouldn’t be financially liable for the death of someone participating in an agricultural tourism activity under a bill that has cleared the Wisconsin Senate. Agricultural tourism is growing in popularity as farmers and others look for ways to diversify …

St. Louis Tent Collapse Wrongful Death Claim Settled for $548K

The family of a 58-year-old man killed in 2013 when a tent collapsed at a St. Louis, Mo., bar has reached a $548,000 settlement. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Alfred Goodman suffered fatal head and neck injuries when wind …

New Wisconsin Lemon Law Limits Time to Seek Damages

If the vehicle you just bought turns out to be a lemon, you’ll have less time in Wisconsin to seek damages from the manufacturer and you won’t get as much money. The restrictions that went into effect on March 1 …

South Dakota Bill Calls for Amusement Ride Regulation

The president of the Thunder Road attractions is behind a bill to further regulate amusement rides in South Dakota. Organization president and Republican Sen. Al Novstrup of Aberdeen co-sponsored the measure. The South Dakota Commerce Committee voted 6-1 to pass …

California High Court Assigns Liability In Liquor Cases

California’s high court has ruled that hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else. The state Supreme Court said in the unanimous ruling Monday that a …