Liability News

Ski Resorts’ Avalanche Liability Weighed by Colorado High Court

The question of whether Colorado ski resorts can be liable for avalanches that happen within their boundaries comes before the state’s high court this week in a lawsuit prompted by a skier’s death. The case involves the death of Christopher Norris, …

Guy Carpenter Report Examines Major Emerging Risks Facing Re/Insurers

A new report published by Guy Carpenter & Co. identifies four key areas of emerging risk for re/insurers: cyber risk, technology risk, casualty catastrophe and reserving, and life, health and longevity risk. In the report, titled “A Clearer View of …

Makers of Self-Driving Cars Could Shoulder Burden of Insurance Liability

Hacker attacks or faulty software could shift the burden of legal and regulatory liability toward makers of self-driving cars and away from customers, experts say, forcing regulators and insurers to develop new models. Autonomous cars have the potential to reduce …

Dutch Court Rules Gas Producer NAM Must Compensate Quake Zone Homeowners

A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that gas producer NAM must compensate homeowners for falls in the value of their properties due to earthquakes linked to gas production at the Groningen field in the north of the Netherlands. The ruling …

$1M in Jewelry, Gems Stolen from Antique Show in Illinois

A vendor reported more than $1 million worth of jewelry and gems stolen during a weekend antique show in Peoria, Ill., according to police. The theft was reported Aug. 9 after the reopening of the Mid America Antique Show and …

Golf Carts Being Allowed on Streets in More Small Towns in Illinois

It’s not unusual to see residents zipping around on golf carts in many small Illinois communities, as local officials increasingly adopt ordinances to accommodate the popular vehicles. Golf carts are getting the green light as an alternative to cars and …

Missouri Property Owner Sued Over Man’s Elevator Death

The sister of a musician and photographer who fell 18 feet to his death down a downtown St. Louis building’s elevator shaft is suing the former property owner and the elevator’s manufacturer. The lawsuit filed in St. Louis Circuit Court …

Texas-Based Whataburger Says ‘No’ to Open Carry

An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places. …

Rotted Beams Identified In Deadly Northern California Balcony Collapse

A balcony that snapped off an apartment building and led to the deaths of six college students was supported by wooden beams that had been badly rotted by exposure to moisture, building inspectors in Berkeley, Calif., said. The city Building …

Colorado Schools Liable For Violence Under New Law

Legislation to allow lawsuits against Colorado schools when there are shootings or other violence was signed into law this week by Gov. John Hickenlooper. With the law, Colorado will be among a few states that allow school lawsuits for cases of …