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Explosion at Maryland Nail Salon Injured 7 Including First Responders

Seven people, including police officers and EMS personnel, were injured in an explosion at a Maryland nail salon on Monday night, officials said. Baltimore County police officers responded to a disturbance at a Woodlawn nail salon and encountered a person …

Markets/Coverages: Maryland’s Residual Insurer Ups Limits for Commercial Drivers

Maryland’s auto insurance market for drivers that private insurers won’t cover has received approval to offer combined single limits coverage up to $1 million for eligible businesses and vehicles. Maryland Auto Insurance (MAI) says many contracts, particularly governmental contracts, require …

‘Borat’ Actor Cohen Drops $9M Suit Against Cannabis Company Over Billboard

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against a Massachusetts cannabis dispensary that used an image of his character Borat on a billboard without his permission. A document filed in Boston federal court on Tuesday said the two sides …

New Jersey Trampoline Park Can’t Enforce Arbitration Clause Against Minor Who Lied

A New Jersey company cannot enforce an arbitration provision in an agreement signed by a 15-year-old minor who misrepresented his age to gain access to its commercial trampoline park. The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division held that the …

Delaware Governor Signs Paid Family, Medical Leave Law

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed legislation creating a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program. Under the new law, eligible Delaware workers can get up to 12 weeks of paid leave to address a worker’s own or family …

Investigation Underway Into Massachusetts Apartment Building Fire That Took 4 Lives

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) —The number of people who died in a fire at a Massachusetts apartment building last weekend has climbed to four with the discovery of two more bodies on Monday, fire officials said. The search of the three-story, …

Rhode Island Lawmakers Revise Recreational Marijuana Bill Ahead of Next Week’s Votes

Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled changes Tuesday to a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, revisions that aim to ensure the legislation passes the state’s General Assembly. The amended bill was released Tuesday in advance of committee votes scheduled for …

Maine Attorney General Plans to Sue PFAS Manufacturers

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said the state is preparing for a lawsuit against manufacturers of so-called forever chemicals. Frey said at the Democratic State Convention last weekend that steps are being taken to “hold these chemical manufacturers to account.” …

New York Accuses Amazon of Discriminating Against Pregnant and Disabled Workers

The New York State Division of Human Rights has filed a complaint against Amazon.com Inc. accusing the online retailer of discriminating against pregnant and disabled workers at its worksites, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Wednesday. Amazon was also accused of …

Energy Firms Lose Challenge to Remand of Baltimore Climate Suit to State Court

Major energy firms have lost their bid for a rehearing of a ruling in a case brought by the city of Baltimore seeking to hold them accountable for damages caused by climate change. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday …

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