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Criminal Investigation Underway in California Dive Boat Fire

U.S. authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into the fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people off the coast of California, the FBI said. The FBI, Coast Guard and U.S. attorney in Los Angeles are participating in the investigation …

Dive Boat Owners Seek to Head off Lawsuits After 34 Die in Fire off California Coast

The owners of the dive boat where 34 people perished in a fire off Southern California filed a lawsuit Thursday to head off potentially costly litigation, a move condemned by some observers as disrespectful to the families of the dead. …

Suits Filed Against Operator of Illinois Medical Equipment Cleaner

Nearly three dozen people have sued the operator of a suburban Chicago medical equipment cleaning plant they claim emits fumes that have adversely affected their health, lawyers for the plaintiffs announced. The 32 lawsuits filed against Sterigenics LLC this week …

Court Says PG&E Has Sole Right to Submit Bankruptcy Plan

A federal judge has allowed PG&E Corp. to retain the sole rights to propose a plan to exit bankruptcy, as he rejected efforts by investors to put forward competing plans, according to court documents. Judge Dennis Montali of the U.S. …

California Dioceses Creating Abuse Compensation Program

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in California are creating a program to compensate people who were sexually abused by priests as children, in return for them promising not to sue. The program announced Tuesday includes the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and …

Thousands of Lawsuits Demanding PG&E Pay for Damages from Wildfires

Some 1,000 lawsuits have been filed since late 2017 demanding Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation pay for damages caused by wildfires. The lawsuits represent thousands of people, companies, cities and counties affected by fires. They range from a rancher’s $3,000 …

Prosecutors Say California Fires May Mean PG&E Violated Criminal Sentence

A California utility’s role in igniting wildfires last year could allow a judge to find that it violated terms of its criminal sentence in a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people, federal prosecutors said. In a court filing, …

Lawyers Scramble to Get Piece of the Action in California Wildfire Lawsuits

In a conference room 13 miles from Paradise, California, Doug Boxer explains to survivors of the state’s worst wildfire why they should choose his law firm to sue PG&E Corp. He walks a fine line between listening to victims coping …

California Attorney General Expects State to Play Role in Opioid Deal

California’s attorney general signaled that he expected to play a major role in settling a nationwide legal fight over the opioid crisis even though the state hasn’t been as hard-hit as others. Drugmakers and pharmaceutical wholesalers are facing more than …

Jury Awards $383M in Wrongful Death Suits Against Colorado Dialysis Provider

A federal jury in Denver, Colo. awarded $383.5 million to the families of three patients who died of cardiac arrest after treatments at clinics run by dialysis provider DaVita Inc. Attorneys for the families said the Denver-based company treated the …