Liability News

Oregon Judge Won’t Take Unprecedented Step to Let Animals Sue

A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by animal rights activists in the name of a once-neglected horse, finding that animals don’t have a right to sue. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported in doing so, Washington County Pro Tem Judge John Knowles …

Family of Boy Who Drowned in Ocean off Oregon Sues City

The family of an Oklahoma teenager who drowned in the ocean while visiting the Oregon coast has filed a $3.6 million lawsuit against the city of Seaside. The Daily Astorian reported that 14-year-old Conner Miguel Wu Moore, of Tulsa, was …

Los Angeles Will Limit Popular E-Scooters in Pilot Program

Los Angeles has approved a pilot program for dockless electric scooters that could remove thousands of them from city streets. The City Council approved a one-year program limiting the number of e-scooters to 3,000 per company. David Estrada, a spokesman …

California Legislators Dodge Action as Utility Frets on Fire Costs

As California’s lawmakers debated late Friday night under the statehouse capitol dome in Sacramento, the city’s utility district kept the lights on for them. But the legislators fell short for the electricity provider. Officials at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District …

$2M Settlement for Injured Pedestrian in Hawaii

Officials in Honolulu, Hawaii have agreed to a $2 million settlement to a woman who was hit by a car while crossing a street in 2014. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the city approved the payment last month to Mariah Tinay, …

California Lawmakers OK Bill to Help PG&E Pay for Wildfire Costs

California lawmakers passed legislation to help utility giant PG&E Corp. pay for billions of dollars in potential liabilities from wildfires that ravaged Northern California wine country last year. The state Assembly and Senate approved a wide-ranging plan Friday that includes …

Washington City, Insurer Settle with Utility over Fire Started by Police

A city in eastern Washington state has agreed to a settlement with a power company after a large fire started last year during a gun-shooting training exercise for local police officers. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima city council on …

California’s Plan to Help Utilities Deal With Fire Costs

California lawmakers outlined a proposal to help PG&E Corp. and other utilities cope with billions of dollars of potential damages from deadly wildfires that ravaged the state last year. The plan, part of a broad package addressing the growing threat …

Oklahoma Concert-Goers Injured by Powerful Storm

An Oklahoma casino says 14 people suffered cuts and bruises when a powerful rainstorm toppled entrance trusses and disrupted the start of an outdoor concert by the Backstreet Boys. Kym Koch-Thompson, spokeswoman for the WinStar World Casino and Resort, says …

Colorado Rafting Outfitter Says Waiver Means It’s Not Liable for Death

A Colorado rafting company says it can’t be held responsible for the 2016 death of a Maryland man because the victim signed a waiver before entering the boat. Aspen Whitewater Rafting filed a counterclaim Aug. 8 in the U.S. District …