Liability News

Autopsy: Kansas Toddler Electrocuted at Carnival by Fencing

An autopsy report concludes that a toddler fatally injured at a carnival in Wichita, Kansas, died after grabbing an electrically charged fence. The report cited by the Wichita Eagle says 15-month-old Pressley Bartonek of Conway Springs was diagnosed as being …

$173K Settlement Revealed in Utah State Student ‘Slack Line’ Death

Utah State University has agreed to pay $172,500 to the parents of a student killed four years ago when he hit a slack line rope tied between two trees while he was biking on campus, according to documents released by …

Tourist Suing Planet Hollywood in Vegas for Mannequin Scare Injury

A tourist is suing a Las Vegas Strip hotel, claiming a life-sized mannequin in his darkened room caused him to flee and suffer injuries. Kent Jacobs Boutwell, of Southern California, filed the lawsuit against the Planet Hollywood casino-hotel in Clark …

Utility Sued by Relatives of Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims

Relatives of 18 of the 36 people who died in the Oakland, Calif. “Ghost Ship” warehouse fire added Pacific Gas & Electric utility as a defendant in their wrongful death lawsuits. They claimed the company should have known the warehouse’s …

Families of Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims Sue

Attorneys representing the families of people who died in an Oakland, Calif. warehouse fire that broke out during an unlicensed concert plan to file a lawsuit against the building’s owner and manager. Lawyer Mary Alexander says she is filing the …

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Partners with Insurtech Firm to ID Liability Risks

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS), the corporate insurance unit of Allianz SE, is working with Praedicat, the Los Angeles-based insurtech analytics firm, to better predict key catastrophe liability risks. The partnership aims to find new ways to better …

Partial Settlement for Victims of California Balcony Fall

The victims of a balcony collapse in Berkeley, Calif., that killed six college students have reached a settlement with some of the companies they sued in 2015. The settlements are confidential, said lawyers for the families of the students who …

Oregon Hotel Doors Killed Woman, Lawsuit Claims

The family of an 87-year-old woman who died after she was hit by the automatic front doors of a Portland, Ore. hotel has filed a $2.7 million lawsuit against the hotel. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the lawsuit filed in Multnomah …

Weak Safety Standards Caused California Exxon Refinery Blast, Agency Says

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has concluded that a 2015 explosion at a Torrance, Calif., refinery then owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. could have been prevented, the agency concluded in a report issued on Wednesday. “This explosion and near miss …

Oregon Judge Dismisses $4M Suit in Family Drowning

A judge has dismissed a $4 million lawsuit filed by a relative of four people who drowned in a northwest Oregon lake in 2014. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Judge Andrew Erwin dismissed the suit after Washington County argued it was entitled …