Montana News

Care for Montana Towns Polluted with Asbestos Transferred to State

State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on last week transferred responsibility for protecting the …

Supreme Court Sides with BP Unit to Curtail Montana Superfund Cleanup Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court handed BP Plc unit Atlantic Richfield Co. a victory on Monday, making it harder for Montana landowners to seek a more extensive cleanup of a hazardous waste site than the federal government had ordered. In a …

Montana Sues Drug Distributors Over Opioid Shipments

Montana has filed a lawsuit against the two leading drug distributors in the state, saying they failed to monitor and report excessive opioid shipments to Montana pharmacies, worsening the opioid epidemic. Attorney General Tim Fox announced Monday the state was …

Montana Man Injured in Shooting Files Lawsuit

A Montana man wounded in an officer-involved shooting has filed a lawsuit against the Yellowstone County sheriff’s department. Travis Tolan of Lockwood is alleging negligence, assault and battery and a broader claim that the sheriff’s office has a pattern of …

R&Q Acquires Montana Captive Insurer Vigneron

R&Q is pleased to announce it has acquired the Montana captive insurer, Vigneron Insurance Company Inc. from a wholly owned private investment holding company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. VICI underwrote deductible reimbursement policies to cover the obligations …

5 Montana Hospitals Settle Lawsuit over Employee Insurance

Five Montana hospitals are settling a lawsuit that claimed they made a deal with an insurer to inflate employee health coverage prices in return for $26 million. The hospitals, which deny wrongdoing, agreed to pay $6.9 million to employees to …

Montana Medical Clinic Cyberattack Compromises Data of 130K Patients

Montana hospital officials have confirmed a data breach may have compromised the personal information of about 130,000 medical clinic patients. The Daily Inter Lake reported that Kalispell Regional Healthcare employees were unaware of the May cyberattack until an outside forensic …

Hail and Lightning from Montana Weekend Thunderstorms Cause Damage

Some Montana residents are cleaning up after a series of weekend thunderstorms that brought large hail, heavy rain and strong winds that downed trees and power lines and damaged buildings and vehicles. The National Weather Service reports the worst damage …

Judge Recommends $14M Award to Montana Neo-Nazi Trolling Victim

The publisher of a neo-Nazi website should have to pay the victim of an internet trolling campaign over $14 million and remove all posts that encouraged his readers to contact the Montana real estate agent, a magistrate judge recommended on …

Montana Senate Committee Brings Back Proposal for Tough DUI Laws

A Montana Senate committee has revived a bill to strengthen DUI laws by including it in a budget companion bill. The DUI bill, requested by Attorney General Tim Fox, was tabled by a House committee. Republican Sen. Keith Regier earlier …