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Washington Company Penalized for Asbestos and Lead Safety Violations

A Bellingham, Wash.-based property management company has been cited by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries for multiple serious safety and health violations, most of which involve improper handling of asbestos and lead. As a result of the violations, …

After Solar System Fires, Walmart Sues Tesla for ‘Widespread Negligence’

Walmart Inc. on Tuesday sued Tesla Inc., accusing it of “widespread negligence” that led to repeated fires of its solar systems and asking a court to force Tesla to remove solar panels from more than 240 of its U.S. stores. …

Court: State not Liable for Contractor in Indiana Stage Collapse

A court says the state isn’t responsible for work performed by a contractor involved in the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse. The Indiana attorney general’s office said that a Marion County judge denied Mid-America Sound Corporation’s claim that the …

Deconstructing Texas Insurance Law: Ewing Confirms Court’s Shift

On Jan. 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court in Ewing Construction Company v. Amerisure Insurance Co. issued another surprising and controversial decision in a construction defect coverage case. For many years the Texas Supreme Courts had largely been a model …

Mississippi Firms Want City, Road Contractor Held Liable for Lost Business

Four businesses on a busy Hattiesburg Street are suing Hattiesburg city government, claiming a street improvement project has cost them customers. The project on Hardy Street began Oct. 30, 2012, according to The Hattiesburg American. The work is nearly complete …

Critics Say It’s Time New York Ends 1885 Scaffold Law

Years before skyscrapers, when New York City’s tallest building was still the 281-foot spire of Wall Street’s historic Trinity Church, state lawmakers passed the Scaffold Law, which made property owners and contractors liable for most “gravity-related” injuries to workers on …

Judge Rules North Carolina Town Can Sue Failed Dam Contractors

A North Carolina judge says the town of Hope Mills can sue companies that built a dam that failed. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Superior Court Judge Erwin Spainhour said that the companies can be sued for breach of contract. …

West Virginia Man Claims Contractor, Construction Dust Caused Mom’s Death

The son of a Tucker County employee who died after inhaling dust from a construction project has filed a wrongful death lawsuit and wants the courthouse closed for a thorough cleanup. The Inter-Mountain of Elkins reported that Paul Wamsley Jr.’s …

Deadly NYC Crane Collapse Insurance Challenged

New York’s top court says misrepresentations on insurance forms by the operator of a crane involved in a deadly collapse four years ago could also limit coverage for the developer and builder.

Lack of Insurance Proof Jeopardizes Mississippi Trash Contract

A lack of proper insurance proof may force Metcalfe, Mississippi to cut ties with its long-time trash collection provider. Griffin Waste Services has serviced the town since 1998, but Mayor Corey Holmes says during that time period, Curtis Griffin Jr. …