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Montana Seeking $43M in Disputed Tobacco Settlement Payments

Montana is asking a judge to force a group of tobacco companies to make more than $43 million in payments to the state that they have disputed over the past 15 years, Attorney General Tim Fox said this week. The …

California Wildfire Victims Fear They’ll Be Last in Payout

A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California’s catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, the deal has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion …

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 …

California to Review Sex-Abuse Responses of 12 Dioceses

The California attorney general’s office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent …

Halliburton Offers Settlements over Chemical in Oklahoma Wells

Halliburton is offering settlements to dozens of property owners after a chemical compound called ammonium perchlorate showed up in residents’ private wells. The company has offered settlements to 130 plaintiffs involving more than 80 properties in Duncan. As of Oct. …

California Bill Would Require Disclosure of Construction Settlements

Construction companies will have to disclose building defects such as those that could have contributed to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley under a state legislative proposal . The bill by two Northern California state lawmakers would require construction companies …

California Bill Would Intercept Insurance Claims to Fund Child Support

California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would intercept more insurance payments and use them to pay beneficiaries’ overdue child support. About a quarter of insurance companies now voluntarily participate in the program. It collects about $17 million annually from …

School Shooting Victims in New Mexico Awarded Nearly $2M

Insurance carriers for the Roswell Independent School District in New Mexico have paid nearly $2 million in structured settlements to two victims of a shooting at a middle school last year. The Roswell Daily Record obtained the legal pleadings Friday …

Detroit Bankruptcy Exit Plan Cleared by Judge

A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy on Nov. 7, approving a hard-fought turnaround plan with a fervent plea to the people of this one-time industrial powerhouse to “move past your anger” and help fix the Motor City. “What …

Last of Texas A&M Bonfire Collapse Lawsuits Settled

The last remaining lawsuit arising from the deadly Texas A&M Bonfire lawsuit collapse has been settled almost 15 years after the collapse. The collapse of the 60-foot stack of more than 6,000 logs early the morning of Nov. 18, 1999, …