Liability News

New Orleans Jury Awards $16M to 4 Workers for 2013 Plant Explosion

Four workers injured in a deadly 2013 petrochemical plant explosion in south Louisiana have been awarded a total of $16 million by a jury. This week’s verdict follows a separate late September trial in which four other workers were awarded …

Wyoming Transit Department Can’t be Sued in Pedestrian Death, Judge Rules

A state judge has ruled that the Wyoming Department of Transportation cannot be held legally responsible for the death of a 7-year-old girl who was struck and killed by an elderly driver last year in Riverton. The parents of Sophia …

Judge in Washington Finds Railway Could Be Liable if Spills Proven

A federal judge in Seattle has found that BNSF Railway could be held liable in a lawsuit claiming that coal spilled from trains pollutes waterways if environmental groups can show at trial that such discharges actually occurred. Ruling in the …

NTSB Blames Ohio Jet Crash That Killed 9 on Pilot Error

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the pilot in control of a corporate jet as it approached an Ohio airport improperly set the aircraft’s flaps and failed to maintain a proper speed, causing the plane to plunge into an …

Federal Safety Board: Pilots Ignored Procedures in Fatal 2015 Ohio Crash

The pilots of a charter flight that crashed last year in Akron, Ohio, killing seven employees of a Florida real estate development company, ignored multiple routine procedures and their company was lax in its oversight, an investigation has found. U.S. …

$60M in Settlements for Victims of Deadly Washington Landslide

Survivors and family members of people killed in the nation’s deadliest landslide have reached $60 million in settlements with the state of Washington and a timber company that logged an area above the site of the collapse. Just as opening …

Ohio Woman Hit by Electric Grocery Cart Awarded $1.2 Million

A woman injured when she was struck by a motorized shopping cart in a suburban Cleveland grocery store has been awarded $1.2 million by a jury. Cleveland.com reported Barbara Rieger was struck in 2012 by a customer who lost control …

Ohio Ex-Inmate Wins $3M after State Failed to File Answer to Lawsuit

A former inmate has won $3 million in a lawsuit against an Ohio prison after the state failed to file an answer for several years. John Henricks, 59, of Fulton County, had sued now-retired Dr. Ida Gonzalez and the Pickaway …

Judge Orders AG to Hand Over Emails in Washington Landslide Liability Case

A judge this week ordered the Washington Attorney General’s Office to give him internal emails that might help explain when state lawyers handling a case about liability for the devastating Oso landslide realized that their expert witnesses were improperly deleting emails. …

Dakota Access Pipeline Worker Killed in Accident, Official Says

A man working on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline was killed in an apparent accident in western North Dakota, a state regulator said. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk said the man, whose name has not been released, …