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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 …

Former Students at California School Sue over Asbestos Fear

A judge has cleared the way for dozens of former student’s in California’s Central Valley to take their school district to trial over fears that a job-training program exposed them to cancer. Attorney Allen Sawyer said this week he represents …

Oregon Jury Sides With City in Police Dog Attack

An Oregon jury has ruled against a man who sued the city of Salem after he was bitten by a police dog. The Statesman Journal reported John Hillebrand sought $1 million for physical pain, emotional harm and legal fees. Hillebrand …

College Fraternity in Oregon Accused of Hazing Slapped with $8M Suit

An $8 million lawsuit against a fraternity at a northwestern Oregon college says a hazing incident resulted in a 20-year-old man losing his right eye. KOIN-TV reports that the lawsuit alleges Kellen Johansen was coerced into drinking alcohol, running naked …

Utah University Wants Lawsuit Over Frat Party Assault Dismissed

Utah State University and a fraternity are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former student accusing the school and organization of failing to act on reports of sexual assault and heavy drinking at parties. The student, …