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Judge Chides Army Corps over New Orleans Levees

The Army Corps of Engineers built a “tragically flawed” levee system for New Orleans – but isn’t liable for claims that excavation work by a government contractor weakened a floodwall and caused it to breach in two places during Hurricane …

Lawsuit Over Fatal Washington Ice Cave Collapse Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a Washington state ice cave collapse that killed an 11-year-old girl in 2010. Grace Tam was killed as she posed for a picture the Big Four Ice Caves in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie …

Florida Senate Leader Opposes Immunity for Lawmakers

The incoming Senate president is opposing a proposal that would allow state lawmakers to wrap themselves in absolute immunity from having to testify in lawsuits. The House Judiciary Committee cleared a Republican bill (PCB JDC 12-03) along party lines last …

Supreme Court Won’t Hear FINRA Immunity Case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a ruling that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) had immunity from a private lawsuit over the 2007 deal that created the Wall Street regulator. The justices on Tuesday let …

U.S. Refuses to Pay Michigan Insurer for Ferrari Wrecked by FBI Agent

The U.S. Justice Department has refused to pay $750,000 to a Michigan insurance company for a Ferrari that was wrecked in Kentucky while driven by an FBI agent. In a recent response to a lawsuit in Detroit, the Justice Department …