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Utah Family Reaches Settlement with University over Son’s Slack Line Death

Utah State University has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the family of a college student who was killed in August 2013 when he hit a rope tied between two trees known as a “slack line” while riding his bike. Ricky …

Oregon Judge Dismisses $4M Suit in Family Drowning

A judge has dismissed a $4 million lawsuit filed by a relative of four people who drowned in a northwest Oregon lake in 2014. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Judge Andrew Erwin dismissed the suit after Washington County argued it was entitled …

Poor Fire Safety at Two-Thirds of Schools in Oregon’s Largest City

Two-thirds of schools in Oregon’s largest district lack sufficient fire safety equipment, according to records obtained by the Oregonian/OregonLive. Portland Public Schools has 60 of 89 schools lacking up-to-date alarm systems, complete fire sensor coverage or other life-saving equipment required …

Jury Awards $350K to Mother of Teen Killed by Chicago Police

The mother of a black teenager killed by Chicago police in July 2013 has been awarded $350,000. The Chicago Tribune reports that a jury awarded the damages after finding that the shooting of 17-year-old Christian Green was unjustified. Attorney Victor …

Trial Over Oklahoma Jail Inmate’s Death Ends in $10M Jury Verdict

An attorney for the estate of a man who was naked and paralyzed when he died in a cell in the Tulsa County (Oklahoma) Jail’s medical unit hailed a jury’s $10.25 million verdict in a federal civil rights trial. The …

XL Catlin & PGU to Offer EPLI Cover for Public Officials, Educators & Police

XL Catlin’s insurance companies and Professional Governmental Underwriters Inc. (PGU) have entered into an underwriting agreement to offer public entity management and employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) to public officials, educators and law enforcement agencies in the US. Under the agreement, PGU …

Ironshore Adds Endorsement to Address On-Campus Violence, Natural Disasters

Ironshore Specialty Casualty’s Public Entity division has introduced a policy extension offering institutions of higher education an automatic endorsement for expenses related to natural or man-made incidents, including active shooter and weapon wielding incidents, impacting campus operations. Ironshore’s new Campus …

New Mexico City Settling Cell Beating Lawsuit for $400K

The city of Las Cruces, N.M. has agreed to pay $400,000 to a man who claims police officers used excessive force on him when he was detained in a holding cell. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that the settlement figure …

University of California Releases Details on 113 Employee Sex Misconduct Cases

The University of California said it investigated 113 cases of sexual misconduct involving staff and faculty at its 10 campuses over a recent three-year period, according to hundreds of pages of internal documents released this week. The information was released …

Oklahoma County Settles Traffic Death Lawsuit for $500K

Oklahoma County commissioners have agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed in a traffic crash involving a sheriff’s deputy. The Oklahoman reports a judge approved the settlement last week. County commissioners …