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Maine Fishing Boat Owner Says Its Not at Fault for Sinking

The owner of a Maine boat carrying four fishermen that sank off Cape Cod last fall has asked a court to declare it is not at fault. The owner of the 82-foot Emmy Rose wants a Maine federal court judge …

Liability Bill in Montana Would Limit Virus Litigation

A Montana Senate committee is considering a bill that would provide liability protection for businesses and health care providers against lawsuits related to the pandemic. The Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee held a hearing Friday on the bill, …

Montana Utility Regulator Seeks $2.5M in Damages Over Email Spying

An outgoing member of Montana’s Public Service Commission has filed a $2.5 million damage claim against fellow members of the utility regulating board along with staff members after his emails were leaked to a right-wing webcast. An internal investigation also …

Washington Ambulance Company Settles Suit With Pregnant Employee

Ambulance company American Medical Response will settle a discrimination lawsuit after it refused to provide a pregnant Spokane, Washington employee a temporary reprieve from heavy-duty work, regulators announced Monday. AMR will pay $162,500 to a paramedic to resolve a lawsuit …

Oregon Judge Allows Suit Filed by 29 Women to Proceed Against Ex-Doctor

A judge has denied a request by a former suburban Portland, Ore. doctor to put a two-year hold on a civil case filed against him by 29 patients who allege he sexually abused them. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Melvin Oden-Orr …

L.A. Restaurants Win Court Battle Over Virus Closures

Los Angeles County’s health director acted “arbitrarily” and didn’t prove the danger to the public when she banned outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus cases surged last month, a judge ruled Tuesday in a case other businesses may use to …

Families of 34 California Dive Boat Fire Victims Advocate

The snapshots tell the story of a big man with a big, beaming grin. The McIlvain family passes around the pictures, laughing over their son Charlie’s antics captured through the years: Charlie as a youngster camping with a backpack bigger …

Washington City Settles Shooting Lawsuit for $8M

The city of Tacoma, Wash., has agreed to an $8 million settlement for a man who was paralyzed and had his legs amputated after being shot by a police officer during a low-speed car chase in 2011. The settlement came …

PG&E Rate Hike in California Aimed at Easing Wildfire Risk

Pacific Gas & Electric’s household customers will be hit with an average rate increase of 8% to help the once-bankrupt utility pay for improvements designed to reduce the risks that its outdated equipment will ignite deadly wildfires in its Northern …

California Dive Boat Captain Indicted in Fire That Killed 34

The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime …