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Scruggs wants contempt charge dismissed

Mississippi trial lawyer Richard Scruggs has asked a federal judge to throw out a charge accusing him of criminal contempt in a dispute related to insurance claims after Hurricane Katrina. In court papers, attorneys for Scruggs and his law firm …

Maine cop hit by stolen police car covered

A sheriff’s deputy who was run over by his own police vehicle after it was stolen by a Jefferson man on Christmas five years ago is entitled to compensation from his personal car insurance company, Maine’s highest court ruled. The …

W. Va. registrations jump during tax amnesty

West Virginia registration of out-of-state vehicles jumped 10 percent during a recent tax amnesty period, but officials don’t know for certain whether the increase was spurred by the opportunity to avoid paying a privilege tax. The state Division of Motor …

N.J. still tops

New Jersey drivers still pay more for auto insurance than residents of any other state, but the gap is shrinking. According to a study from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the average Garden State driver paid $1,184 to insure …

Ark. sets 2008 workers’ comp rates, benefits

An update to Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory 2000-1 sets the new maximum workers’ comp rates for 2008 for total disability at $522 and permanent partial disability at $392. The new Advisory 2007-1 sets $169,650 as the new threshold at …

N.Y. to issue driving licenses for illegal immigrants

New York State officials say a plan to provide driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants with valid foreign passports will enhance security by creating records of their identities. But critics say those records could compromise security instead. New York has between …

Texas leads the way in decreasing the number of railroad accidents

Texas experienced 49 fewer railroad accidents — the largest decrease of any state — in the first half of 2007 than it did during the same period in 2006. The decrease was part of a trend of continuing railroad safety …

Major Internet disruption would cost $250 billion in economic damages

New report urges CEOs to take action now to ensure continuity of their businesses should a meltdown occur A major disruption to the Internet would not only be detrimental to businesses, public institutions and citizens, but also would cost the …

Proponents push plans for natural catastrophe insurance solutions

The need for solutions to address insurance costs and availability in natural catastrophe-vulnerable U.S. coastal regions — including a federal safety net — was the general theme at a public hearing in Mobile, Ala., on Sept. 24. Dozens of concerned …

Supreme Court to hear case pitting federal v. state product liability laws

The Supreme Court said late last month that it will decide a case that centers on whether federal regulation of pharmaceuticals preempts state law. The case involves a product liability lawsuit against Pfizer’s Warner-Lambert unit. A group of Michigan plaintiffs …

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