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Supreme Court Takes Up Case on Liability When Police Provoke Violence

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether Los Angeles County and two police officers must pay a $4 million award to a couple shot during a search for someone else. The case, which comes at a time of heightened …

New York City Pays $2.7M in Autistic Teen’s Death

New York City has agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a 14-year-old autistic boy who was found dead after leaving his school in Queens. The Daily News reported the settlement. …

Massachusetts City Settles Coerced Confession Claim for $2.1M

The city of Worcester, Massachusetts has agreed to pay $2.1 million to a mother who said police officers coerced her to confess to suffocating her 13-month-old son with a teddy bear. The Telegram & Gazette reported that the city announced …

Maine Town Ends Flying of U.S. Flags Due to Insurance Cost

A lack of adequate liability insurance has put an end to a project honoring military veterans by flying American flags on utility poles in Maine’s smallest town. The Kennebec Journal reports Randolph Fire Association fundraised for about a year before …

How Police Dog Bites Woman Became a Federal Case

Dog bites man may not be a news story — but in nine western states, it’s grounds for a constitutional case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has allowed a lawsuit by a woman who fell asleep …

South Carolina Jury Awards $97 Million in Mayor’s Shooting

A federal jury in Charleston has awarded the family of the former mayor of Cottageville $97 million for his shooting death. The jury reached the decision in the negligence and wrongful death suit filed by the family of Burt Reeves. …

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 …