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Florida Trooper Case Raises Driver Data Privacy Issues

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took …

Mississippi Town Told Liability Insurance Will Rise 15%

What the city of Columbus, Miss., pays for liability insurance will increase 15 percent in 2014. WCBI-TV in Columbus reported that insurance consultant Eddie Mauck told officials this week that three or four major police claims combined with some others …

Brain-Damaged Inmate Settles With Penn. County; Insurer to Pay $65K

A northwestern Pennsylvania county’s insurance company is paying $65,000 to settle claims by a former inmate left brain-damaged after a jail guard allegedly slammed him into a wall. The Erie Times-News reports Erie County isn’t acknowledging any wrongdoing in approving …

Mississippi Firms Want City, Road Contractor Held Liable for Lost Business

Four businesses on a busy Hattiesburg Street are suing Hattiesburg city government, claiming a street improvement project has cost them customers. The project on Hardy Street began Oct. 30, 2012, according to The Hattiesburg American. The work is nearly complete …

Tennessee Court Finds City Not Liable for Death by Fallen Tree

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that Knoxville isn’t liable for a tree that fell on and killed a woman driving on a city street. Judge Thomas R. Frierson wrote for the court that even if the city knew …

Vermont City Buys Insurance Amid F-35 Debate

Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, has purchased an insurance policy for protection against potential lawsuits in connection with its airport. While exploring the legal possibility of banning F-35 fighter jets from the Burlington International Airport, city attorney Eileen Blackwood discovered Burlington …

West Virginia Supreme Court Weighs Municipal Liability for Dog Attack Death

The state Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether the Monroe County Commission and a dog warden are responsible for the 2009 death of a man who was attacked by neighborhood dogs. The justices heard arguments last week in …

South Carolina Limits Police Liability for Dog Bites

A new South Carolina law provides police K-9 units some protection in court. Until last month, the state’s strict liability statute for dog bites meant criminal suspects could almost certainly collect a settlement if a police dog bit them, regardless …

Alabama Woman Sues Over Police Search Damage to Home

The owner of a Montgomery home that was badly damaged during the search for a shooting suspect is suing to make the city and the federal government pay for thousands of dollars in repairs. WSFA-TV reported that Yakemi Ward filed …

City of Niota, Tenn., Loses Insurance Again, Shuts Down City Services

The city of Niota, Tennessee, is again without insurance and has shut down most city services. According to The Daily Post-Athenian, only a skeleton staff remains in the city of about 800 residents. Coverage through the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) …