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Arizona Joins Wave Suits in $3 Billion GM Ignition-Switch Fraud

Arizona became the first state to join the wave of litigation against General Motors Co. over faulty ignition switches, claiming the company misled consumers about the safety of its cars and defrauded them of $3 billion. Arizona Attorney General Tom …

Estate of Oregon Keeper Killed By Cougar Sues Sanctuary

The estate of a young woman who was mauled to death by a cougar while working at a wild-cat sanctuary in suburban Portland, Ore. is suing the sanctuary and its owners. The lawsuit against WildCat Haven and owners Michael and …

Hydraulic Leak Contributed To Wyoming Coal Mine Death

A hydraulic leak and the failure to use a safety block contributed to the crushing death of a contractor at a Wyoming coal mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration investigated the June 6 death of 25-year-old Joshua L. Wishard …

Washington Companies Fined $370,000 for Asbestos Violations

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries cited two employers for violations that exposed workers to asbestos during the demolition of a Seattle apartment building. An L&I investigation into the Seattle project found a total of 19 willful and serious …

Washington Bottle Maker Fined After Worker’s Hand Amputated

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined a plastic bottle manufacturer in Battle Ground $86,800 for safety violations after a worker’s hand was caught in machinery and had to be amputated. Andersen Plastics was cited for one willful …

Nevada Highway Patrol Promoting Safety Around Big Rigs in Vegas Area

The Nevada Highway Patrol is planning a “Badge on Board” enforcement blitz this week in the Las Vegas area to promote traffic safety around big rig trucks. Trooper Loy Hixson says the effort comes after Nevada ranked third in a …

Brown Signs California Requiring Extinguishers After Limo Fire

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring certain types of limousines to have two fire extinguishers and undergo regular safety checks. Brown announced Tuesday that he signed SB611 by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo. The bill …

Drivers in California Must Give Bikes 3-Foot Buffer

Californians will now need to take extra care to steer clear of cyclists. Under statewide regulations taking effect Tuesday, drivers must give bikes a buffer zone of at least 3 feet while passing. Cited violators will face a fine of …

American Apparel Settles California Worker Death Suit For $1M

American Apparel will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of an employee in a knitting machine accident. The Orange County district attorney’s office announced the settlement Tuesday. The worker’s daughter will receive $150,000 of the money …

California Judges Recommend $1.4B Safety-related Penalty Against PG&E

California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday _ the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state _ for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco …