Liability News

North Dakota Senate Won’t Hold Oil Execs Liable for Environmental Damage

The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to hold liable any corporate officer responsible for oil- and gas-related violations. The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Greater North Dakota Chamber had lobbied against …

California OKs Using Moderna Vaccine After Illness Reports

California says it’s safe to resume using a batch of Moderna coronavirus vaccine after some people fell ill and a halt to injections was recommended. The decision frees up more than 300,000 doses to counties, cities and hospitals struggling to …

Fire Official Says Arcing Power Lines Caused Big Nevada Brush Fire

Satellite imagery and surveillance video from a casino roof 5 miles away helped pinpoint arcing power lines in gale force winds as the cause of a November brush fire that destroyed five Reno homes and damaged two dozen others, investigators …

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, …

California Hospital Fined for Deadly Post-Holiday Virus Outbreak

Kaiser Permanente has been fined $43,000 for failing to report a deadly coronavirus outbreak that may have been caused by an inflatable holiday costume worn by an unknowingly infected staffer on Christmas Day. The number of cases linked to the …

Nebraska Lawsuit: Lincoln Liable in Worker’s Mesothelioma Death

A woman is suing the city of Lincoln, Neb., alleging that her sister died from mesothelioma after she was exposed to asbestos while working at the now shuttered Pershing Center arena. The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Dixie Johnson filed the …

Family of Pilot Killed Fighting California Wildfire Sues Aircraft Companies

The family of a veteran helicopter pilot who died when his aircraft crashed as he was dropping water over a California wildfire filed suit Wednesday against the companies that designed and maintained the aircraft. Michael Fournier of Rancho Cucamonga, California, …

Washington Wrongful-Death Lawsuit for $1.5M

The City of Seattle will pay the family of Che Taylor $1.5 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed after two police officers shot and killed Taylor outside a Wedgwood neighborhood home. A federal judge two months ago …

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 …