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Oil Companies Persuade States to Make Pipeline Protests a Felony

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After protesters disrupted construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota by chaining themselves to construction equipment and pitching tents along the route, oil and chemical companies found a way to keep it from happening again. They made it a … Source: Claims Journal

PG&E Tumbles on Risk of Up to $18 Billion in Fire-Lawsuit Costs

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PG&E Corp. shares plunged Monday after a judge ruled that a jury can determine whether it should pay as much as $18 billion in damages to wildfire victims. The California utility giant fell as much 28%, to $10.22, at 9:35 … Source: Claims Journal

InsurTechs Push for Front Row Seat in New World of Autonomous Technology

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Before manufacturers let autonomous vehicles loose on public roadways, they’ll have to show that their driverless cars are a lot better than humans at getting from Point A to Point B without crashing. The partially autonomous vehicles already on the … Source: Claims Journal

Sex Abuse Lawsuits at 400 and Counting as New York Law Takes Effect

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, schools and hospitals, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are some of the targets named in a flurry of sex abuse lawsuits filed Wednesday in New York as the state began … Source: Claims Journal

Government Moves Toward Easing Drive-Time Rules for Truckers

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward relaxing federal rules that govern the length of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, a move long sought by the trucking industry but opposed by safety advocates … Source: Claims Journal

FDA Proposes Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs, Advertisements

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that cigarette packs carry graphic new health warnings including pictures and text outlining lesser-known risks of smoking like bladder cancer and diabetes as well as lung cancer. The FDA said the proposed … Source: Claims Journal

`Back-Loaded’ Hurricane Season Bearing Down on U.S. Coast

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Don’t be lulled by a quiet June and July, the real Atlantic hurricane season is about to kick off. The hurricane season runs from June 1 to the end of November. But the next six weeks — “the season within … Source: Claims Journal

PG&E Took 8 Months to Prune a Tree at Risk of Catching Fire

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It was on July 12 — only after an inspector raised the alarm — that PG&E Corp. finally pruned a tree in a fire-prone area. Its leaves had already been singed as wind gusts blew them into a power line … Source: Claims Journal

Edison to Face First Trial Over Woolsey Wildfire Claim in April

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The first trial to determine if Edison International’s Southern California utility is liable for damages from the Woolsey wildfire that tore through Malibu last year will begin on April 27, a judge said. California Superior Court Judge William Highberger set … Source: Claims Journal

Business News: Baron Weather, Root and Verisk, Aerie and Ventiv Technology

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Root Joins Verisk Data Exchange Verisk, a data analytics provider, announced that Root Insurance has joined the Verisk Data Exchange. As a participating insurer, Root will gain access to driving data from consenting consumers to enhance its user-based insurance program, … Source: Claims Journal