Liability News

PG&E’s Camp Wildfire Liabilities Could Exceed Renewed Insurance

Shares of utility PG&E Corp. fell 18 percent on Wednesday after the company warned of liquidity concerns if its equipment was found responsible for starting the Camp wildfire currently raging in California. The company said liabilities related to the wildfires …

Lawsuit in Montana Rafting Death Finally Settled

A wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Montana whitewater rafting company has been settled out of court. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that the suit was settled mid-trial last week for an undisclosed amount. In 2015, Brian Niedermeyer died on …

California Wildfire Grows to More than 20K Acres, More Blazes Erupt

A wildfire raging in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada foothills quadrupled in size late Thursday and another day of dry winds threatens to make it spread even farther, faster. The blaze near the community of Chico has left more than 23,000 …

Pedestrian Deaths Double This Year on Oahu Despite Safety Measures

The number of pedestrians killed on Oahu has doubled this year despite enforcement of laws aimed curbing risky walking behaviors. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 26 pedestrians have been killed so far this year, increasing from the 13 pedestrian deaths recorded …

$12.8M Suit Filed by Estate of Oregon Man Killed in WWII Tank Blast

The family of an Oregon man killed when a cannon shell exploded in his World War II-era tank has filed a $12.8 million lawsuit. Steve Preston’s family is suing Chuck Hegele, the contractor who supplied powder for the shell, The …

Jury Awards $600K in Idaho Triple-Fatal Boat Crash

An eastern Washington man found not guilty of three counts of involuntary manslaughter in a criminal trial following a boating crash on Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho has been ordered to pay $600,000 in a civil case. A jury …

$251K Settlement After Jailers in Oregon Sic Dog on Man

The insurance provider for Columbia County, Ore. will pay $251,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former inmate who claimed jail deputies turned their police dog on him in retaliation for calling one of them a disparaging name. The …

California Utility Says Its Equipment Helped Spark Huge Fire

Southern California Edison said its equipment likely sparked one of two ignition points for the massive wildfire that tore through California’s central coast last year. Witnesses reported flames near the company’s power poles in Ventura County last December and the …

Transit Authority in Washington Settles Bus Fatality for $7.7M

King County Metro Transit in Washington has apologized and made a multimillion-dollar payment to the family of an Amazon employee who was killed last year by a turning bus. The Seattle Times reports 43-year-old John Ahn had finished dinner with …

2 Women Hospitalized After Balcony Collapses in Northern California

Authorities say two women were injured when the third-floor balcony of their San Francisco home collapsed. The San Francisco Fire Department reported the collapse happened early Saturday at a single-family home in the city’s Outer Sunset District. The women were …