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Former Washington Agent Pleads Guilty to Writing Fake Auto Policies
Lilibeth Brulotte, a former Washington insurance agent, pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to third-degree theft in connection with writing fake auto insurance policies. Brulotte’s sentence was deferred for two years and will be dismissed if she commits no …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 8:06 PM
Supreme Court Denies Injured Seaman’s Bid for Punitive Damages
The Supreme Court has ruled that an injured merchant seaman can’t seek punitive damages based on the common-law maritime claim of unseaworthiness. The ruling settled a difference of opinion in the courts over whether punitive damages are available for unseaworthiness …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 7:00 PM
California Workers’ Comp Bureau Submits 2020 Regulatory Filing
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California on Wednesday submitted a Jan. 1, 2020, regulatory filing to the California Insurance Commissioner. The filing contains the following proposals: Amendments to the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995, including amendments …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 6:27 PM
Third Point Makes Equity Investment in California-based Noblr
Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. has entered into a relationship with Noblr Inc. through a combination of a minority equity investment and reinsurance, the company announced. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. San Francisco, Calif.-based Noblr is a technology-driven company co-founded …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 6:22 PM
U.S. High Court to Rule on Scope of Copyright for Legal Codes in Georgia Suit
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a bid by Georgia lawmakers to win federal copyright protection for an annotated version of the state’s legal code and to decide whether state and local governments can sue people who …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 4:57 PM
Law Firm Sanctioned Over Documents in Baylor Assault Cases
A federal judge in Texas has sanctioned a Philadelphia-based law firm for knowingly violating court orders and ignoring a subpoena to produce documents relevant to lawsuits filed by 15 women against Baylor University. U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman ruled that …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 4:51 PM
Michigan City to Pay $1.25M in Sewage-Flooded Basements Suit
Most of a $1.25 million settlement will go to residents of a mid-Michigan city who sued after sewage flooded their basements six years ago. The Lansing State Journal reported that the Lansing City Council agreed to the settlement, which allows …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 4:38 PM
Accused of Setting Fire to Nebraska Bar She Was Buying, Woman Takes Plea Deal
A woman accused of setting fire to a bar she was buying in central Nebraska has taken a plea deal. Custer County District Court records say 54-year-old Jane Chestnutt pleaded guilty last week to criminal mischief and attempted arson. Prosecutors …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 4:35 PM
New Federal Study Contradicts Owner’s Claims About Years-Long Gulf Oil Spill
A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana’s coast 141/2 years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner’s assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 4:26 PM
Former Ohio Insurance Agent and Investment Adviser Gets 5 Years for Fraud Scheme
Former Dayton, Ohio-area insurance agent and investment adviser has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of insurance fraud and conducting a “Ponzi” scheme targeting elderly consumers. The Ohio Department of Insurance reported that John Gregory Schmidt …

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 4:23 PM

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