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Lawyer: $1.9M Settlement in Sandra Bland Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of Sandra Bland, a black Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop last summer, has reached a $1.9 million settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit, the family’s attorney told a Houston television …

Council Conflicts Lead to Much Higher Insurance Deductible for Minnesota City

Insurers say they’ve significantly raised the deductible on insuring Lake Elmo, Minn., because the city is being managed in a way that creates too much of a risk of lawsuits. The Insurance Trust Board of the League of Minnesota Cities …

28 Buses Damaged in School District Garage Fire in Washington

Authorities say a large fire has damaged at least 28 buses belonging to the Puyallup School District in Washington on Aug. 24 Puyallup police tweeted that sounds of explosions were coming from the fire and that roads in the area …

Deleted Social Media Comments Trigger Suit Against Indianapolis Suburb

An Indianapolis suburb removed social media pages for the city and its police department after a lawsuit accused it of violating residents’ First Amendment rights by removing posted comments. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit last …

Report: Lawsuit Settlements Reach $34M for Small Group of Chicago Cops

A group of 124 Chicago police officers has cost the city $34 million in misconduct settlements since 2009, according to a newspaper report. While the officers represent a fraction of the police force’s roughly 12,000 officers, they are identified in …

Glatfelter Launches Insurance Program for California Water Entities

The California Rural Water Association (CRWA) and Glatfelter Public Practice (GPP) have formed MemberGuard, a fully reinsured property & casualty pool targeted to launch April 1, 2016. Based on recently enacted California legislation, MemberGuard is designed to provide coverage for water …

Fired Arkansas Cop Sues City for $2.5M

A former Forrest City Police Department officer who was fired in 2014 over a photo posted on social media is suing the Arkansas city for more than $2.5 million. The Herald-Times reports the photo shows then-officer Aldridge O’Neal Winfrey in …

Great American Public Sector Increases Casualty Capacity

Great American Insurance Group has added an additional $10 million in casualty capacity for public sector risks attaching $10 million or higher. When attached to a risk in conjunction with Great American Public Sector’s primary $10 million limit, a governmental …

Family Sues Tangipahoa Parish Jail over Inmate’s Death

The parents of a Louisiana prisoner who died in custody at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail last year has filed a wrongful death suit. The Advocate reports the lawsuit alleges the jail staff failed to monitor the health of Keith Joseph …

Arkansas Senate Bill Would Allow Armed Teachers, School Staff

The Arkansas Senate passed legislation aimed at clearing the way for districts to use teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards and eliminating the regulatory panel that had resisted similar efforts. By a 33-1 vote, the Senate approved a …