Claims Journal - The Nebraska Supreme Court says a woman who had part of her lower lip bitten off by a dog she was watching has no right to seek payment of medical expenses from dog owner’s home insurance company. Jennifer Van Kleek, of Omaha, agreed in July 2011 to care for the dog of friends without pay while they were on vacation. She filed a claim with Farmers Insurance Exchange, the friends’ homeowner’s insurance provider, after being bitten. Farmers denied her claim, saying that because she was caring for the dog, she was legally responsible for it and therefore considered an “insured” under the homeowner’s policy.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
Consumerist - Current ad campaigns for UPS brag about the carrier’s abilities at logistics: getting a thing from one place to another is their specialty. Unless you’re one family in Michigan who used UPS Freight to ship a valuable sculpture across the country, which the carrier drove a forklift into. The company wouldn’t pay out an insurance claim on the artwork because the customer failed to fill in the statue’s declared value on the bill of lading that went with the shipment. The family took their problem to the Haggler column in the New York Times, We don’t know how much the sculpture was worth, but the shipper paid an extra $1,869 to insure it while shipping it to his son’s home.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
Consumerist - After months of pushing back, Fiat Chrysler is finally following the lead of other major automakers. Bowing to pressure from federal regulators, the company is massively expanding their recall of vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags that have been linked to at least five deaths so far. The New York Times reports that Fiat Chrysler will recall 3.3 million additional cars equipped with Takata-produced airbags that can spew metal fragments at drivers and passengers upon deployment.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
The Sacramento Bee - A former California Highway Patrol officer has been convicted in a case involving workers’ compensation insurance fraud. A Sacramento County jury on Thursday convicted Tony Yao on felony charges of failure to disclose a prior motor vehicle accident and resulting injury, making false statements in support of his workers’ compensation claim and filing a false claim. Yao was a CHP officer working in the Commissioner’s Support Unit when he alleged he had suffered a work injury to his back, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
NBC New York - Fifteen children were on a New York City school bus when it collided with a yellow cab and a livery cab in Queens, sending it crashing into a building, police said. The bus struck the building on 59th Street in Woodside just before 5 p.m. It appears the bus just missed striking the entrance to a pizzeria on the building’s ground floor.The children on the bus refused medical attention on the scene and were released to their parents, the FDNY said. Four adults were hurt in the crash: the school bus driver, both taxi drivers and a pizzeria worker who was injured by a buckling wall were all taken to Elmhurst Hospital, according to the FDNY.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
NBC Los Angeles - Strong winds toppled a tree onto a car parked on the street and left behind a trail of damage and debris overnight in Southern California. A high-wind warning was in effect Sunday night through Monday morning for parts of the region. Gusts up to 50 mph are expected through mid-morning before even stronger winds arrive Monday night.The strongest sustained ovenight winds were reported in the Santa Clarita Valley. Gusts reached 80 mph in mountain areas. In Chatsworth on Sunday night, a tree fell on a Toyota Prius as strong winds swept across a neighborhood.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
NBC Los Angeles - Firefighters responded to a blaze in a multi-story apartment building in Westwood around 8:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire broke out in one of 46 units at the Wilshire Manor Apartments in the 10600 block of Wilshire Boulevard.The "stubborn" fire took until around 9:30 p.m. to extinguish. Wilshire was closed between Westholme and Manning avenues as more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze. Firefighters assisted with a "handful" of evacuations and residents who have been asked to shelter in their apartments, according to LAFD.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
FOX News - A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road at around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 in Seymour, State Police Trooper Clifton Elston said. The most serious injury was a broken collarbone, and most of the others were treated for minor cuts, Trooper Tommy Walker said. Two of the 26 passengers brought to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour refused treatment.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
Insurance News Net - The havoc storm Sandy wrought up and down the East Coast has for most people receded into the past. But not for everyone. A barrage of federal lawsuits accuse a number of insurance companies -- including The Hartford Financial Services Group and The Travelers Cos. -- of improperly reducing flood-damage payments to homeowners in the wake of the 2012 storm. The conflict involves more than 1,000 lawsuits. Attorneys suing insurers in many of the cases offer a similar, general allegation.
Monday, December 22, 2014
 
WAVY - Virginia Beach police say someone has vandalized more than 100 cars across the city. The majority of the vehicles, about 86, had the windows shot out by a BB or pellet gun. The vandalism cases stretch across all four police precincts, according to police spokeswoman Tonya Borman. More than 30 cases have happened this week. Many vehicles were found with windows shot out off London Bridge Road. Habib Abijaoudi is one of the residents who woke up to a police officer knocking on his door around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Friday, December 19, 2014
 
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