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Retreat as an Answer to Climate Change?
Think retreat is never an option? Think again. “Faced with global warming, rising sea levels, and the climate-related extremes they intensify, the question is no longer whether some communities will retreat—moving people and assets out of harm’s way—but why, where, …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 9:37 PM
Idaho Company Hit With Fine Following Tree-Trimming Death
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined an Idaho tree-trimming company after an employee was killed and another was injured when the work platform of a bucket truck fell about 65 feet. The Times-News reported that the federal agency …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 8:15 PM
California State Fund Declares $105M Dividend for Workers’ Comp Policyholders
The board of California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund announced plans to distribute a $105 million dividend to qualifying policyholders with policies that took effect between Jan. 1 and Aug. 19. This dividend equals roughly 15% of the estimated annual premium …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 8:13 PM
Do Cannabis or Alcohol Taxes Have Higher Upside for Society?
Which helps society more? Alcohol or cannabis. That sounds like a funny question, but it may be an important one with more local governments embracing the opportunity to bring in tax revenue from cannabis sales. A new report from Wikileaf, …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 7:38 PM
Suits Filed Against Operator of Illinois Medical Equipment Cleaner
Nearly three dozen people have sued the operator of a suburban Chicago medical equipment cleaning plant they claim emits fumes that have adversely affected their health, lawyers for the plaintiffs announced. The 32 lawsuits filed against Sterigenics LLC this week …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 2:45 PM
$385K Settlement Reached in St. Louis Park Injury Case
St. Louis has agreed to pay $385,000 to settle a lawsuit with the family of a girl who was smashed by a 200-pound racquetball door that was left off its hinges at a city park. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 2:38 PM
Proposed Settlement in Lawsuit Over St. Louis Rams Merchandise OK’d
A proposed settlement would give St. Louis Rams fans a 25% refund on years of tickets and merchandise they bought before the team announced it was moving to Los Angeles. If approved, the settlement would end a class-action lawsuit that …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 2:36 PM
Ransomware Attack Strikes 20 Texas Local Governments
More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement that it believes a single source is behind all 22 of the attacks. …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 2:33 PM
Guy Carpenter Tapped for California Wildfire Fund Reinsurance Program
Guy Carpenter & Company LLC has been named the sole reinsurance intermediary for the newly formed California Wildfire Fund, which is currently being administered by the California Earthquake Authority. Guy Carpenter will provide strategic reinsurance and advisory services to develop …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 2:29 PM
Planned Parenthood Arizona Worker Awarded $3M
A former Planned Parenthood Arizona employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired after she reported unsafe medical practices has been awarded $3 million in a civil case. A Maricopa County jury returned the verdict Aug. 16 for Mayra Rodriguez, who …

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2019 2:22 PM

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