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Police Close to Decision on Charges in Fatal Wisconsin Blast

Police say they’ll soon decide whether to recommend prosecutors file charges in connection with a natural gas explosion that killed a Wisconsin firefighter. Authorities say a construction crew struck a gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, resulting …

Property Owner Not Liable for Wisconsin Hunter’s Injuries

An insurance company was upheld in its denial of a claim filed by a hunter who was accidentally shot in the head nearly four years ago on its insured’s property. According to court documents, David Devine shot Patrick Humfeld in …

Feds Investigating Crane Vs. Power Line Worker Death at Ohio Home

The federal worker safety agency is investigating the death of a man in southwest Ohio who was electrocuted when a crane touched a power line at a home under construction. WLWT-TV reports the accident occurred last week in Butler County’s …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires The Jack Nebel Companies in Illinois

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired North Barrington, Ill.-based The Jack Nebel Companies Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jack Nebel, Brian Nebel and their associates will continue to operate from their current location under the direction …

J.M. Wilson Taps Francis, Gibbons and Hassan in Midwest

J.M. Wilson has named Steve Francis as assistant transportation underwriter in the Arlington Heights, Ill. office. The firm has also named Ryan Gibbons a transportation underwriter in the Westerville, Ohio office, and Sarah Hassan as agency information coordinator in the …

North Dakota Official Says Tornado Warning Worked, But Residents Didn’t Hear It

All eight outdoor warning sirens in a North Dakota oil patch city were sounded before a deadly tornado ravaged an RV park, but park residents and others said they didn’t hear them, authorities said. A newborn baby was killed and …

Michigan Governor Wants to Sue 3M for Costs of Contamination

Gov. Rick Snyder wants Michigan to sue the manufacturer of chemicals linked to contaminated water detected at military bases and industrial sites across the state. Snyder wrote a letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette seeking a lawsuit against 3M. The …

Minnesota Lawsuit Takes on Involuntary Sedations

An attorney for a Minneapolis, Minn. man is drawing parallels between his client’s lawsuit and the recent debate over police urging paramedics to sedate unruly people. Forty-eight-year-old John Powell says he suffered breathing problems and needed emergency care after suburban …

Legal Experts See Obstacles for J&J Appeal of $4.7 Billion Talc Verdict

Johnson & Johnson has vowed to appeal a $4.7 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who claim asbestos-contaminated talc in the company’s products gave them ovarian cancer by arguing the plaintiffs’ science was flawed and the case should not have …

Hearst Settles Magazine Subscribers’ Michigan Privacy Claim for $50 Million

Hearst Communications Inc. on Thursday reached a $50 million settlement of a lawsuit claiming it violated Michigan privacy law by selling its magazine subscribers’ personal information to third parties without consent. Lawyers for the subscribers called the proposed class-action settlement …

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