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ER Docs Are Independent Contractors, But Hospital Still Controls, Florida Court Finds

As in many business and commercial liability disputes, it’s all about the wording of the contract, a Florida appeals court decided in a medical malpractice case that could affect hospitals’ relationships with their doctors. The Latisha Gradia vs. Baptist Hospital …

FBI: Firm Chaired by Former Florida House Speaker Billed County for Hurricane Cleanup

A Florida company with a former House speaker as a top executive allegedly charged local government millions of dollars for Hurricane Michael cleanup that it never performed, according to an FBI affidavit that was released last week as part of …

Kentucky Governor Says FEMA Denying Too Many Requests for Assistance

Gov. Andy Beshear complained Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying too many requests for assistance in flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky, and urged those getting turned down to take their cases directly to agency representatives in the region. Offering …

Insurance for Georgia Saltmarshes? Research is Underway

Conservationists and academics are researching ways to insure sensitive salt marshes in Georgia against degradation and loss, perhaps with parametric policies similar to those used to cover some coral reefs. Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that The Nature Conservancy has teamed …

$16 Million Part of Federal Funding to Aide Florida with Affordable Housing

The U.S. government is providing almost $12 million to help residents pay rent and mortgages in south Florida, a place that has been called the epicenter of the nation’s affordable housing crisis. The South Florida Times news site reported that …

South Carolina Woman Dies After Being Impaled by Beach Umbrella

A beachgoer was killed Wednesday after a loose beach umbrella impaled her in the chest, authorities said. The umbrella was blown from its anchoring by the wind around 12:40 p.m. and hit Tammy Perreault while she was at a Garden …

Georgia Dairy Farm Fined After Food Waste Causes Fish Kill

A Georgia dairy farm has been fined after a release of food waste caused a fish kill, a rare instance of government getting involved with a practice that counties can’t regulate despite chronic complaints from residents. WAGA-TV reports the Georgia …

Southern Baptists Facing Federal Investigation on Alleged Clergy Sex Abuse

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention said Friday that several of the denomination’s major entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in the wake of its multiple problems related to clergy sex abuse. The SBC’s Executive Committee …

Two More Appeals Courts Rule Against Businesses in COVID-Interruption Suits

Federal and state appeals courts in two Southeastern states have ruled against pandemic-affected businesses, adding to the list of decisions that have found that insurance policies cover only physical damages. In South Carolina, the state Supreme Court this week became …

Florida’s Citizens Tops 1 Million Policies, Making it Largest in State by a Third

Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp., created by lawmakers as a last-resort option, has become the largest property insurer in the state with more than 1 million policies in force – and growing. Stakeholders did not celebrate the milestone and some …

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