Liability News

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 …

Nebraska Supreme Court: Farmers not Negligent in Fatal Crash

A lower court was right to find that farming brothers were not negligent in a 2007 fatal crash where tall corn created a blind intersection, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled on May 2. The crash occurred on Oct. 6, 2007, …

Louisiana Supreme Court Says Town, Railroad not Liable in Track Death

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the Kenner and the Illinois Central Railroad Co. are not liable for a 2009 crash in which a train struck and killed a deaf woman trying to cross the tracks at an unguarded …

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 …