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  • Larkspur cuts ties with wastewater treatment provider (California)

    11/13/2018 5:10:43 AM PST · by ptsal · 6 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | Nov 08, 2018 | Matthew Pera
    Citing concerns about possible pension liability, Larkspur officials this week took the first step toward severing the city’s membership in the Central Marin Sanitation Agency, a wastewater organization it helped form in the late 1970s. The Larkspur City Council agreed Wednesday to give up the city’s seat on Central Marin’s six-member board of directors, which governs the infrastructure that treats sewage collected from Larkspur and other nearby areas. The council will vote on formal resolutions declaring the city’s severance at future meetings. But Larkspur’s voice won’t be completely flushed down the drain when the withdrawal is finalized, one of the...
  • Defensive Medicine: Evidence from Military Immunity

    07/24/2018 2:36:19 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 11 replies
    NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health ^ | 7/23/2018 | Michael D. Frakes, Jonathan Gruber
    We estimate the extent of defensive medicine by physicians, embracing the no-liability counterfactual made possible by the structure of liability rules in the Military Heath System. Active-duty patients seeking treatment from military facilities cannot sue for harms resulting from negligent care, while protections are provided to dependents treated at military facilities and to all patients—active-duty or not—that receive care from civilian facilities. Drawing on this variation and exploiting exogenous shocks to care location choices stemming from base-hospital closures, we find suggestive evidence that liability immunity reduces inpatient spending with no measurable negative effect on patient outcomes.
  • Fla. District Faces Barrage of Legal Issues in Wake of School Massacre

    02/22/2018 8:18:21 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 55 replies
    Education Week ^ | February 22, 2018 | Mark Walsh
    The mass shooting that killed 17 students and staff members at a Florida high school thrusts the Broward County school system into a hornet's nest of legal issues including the complexities of a crime scene, the privacy of student records, and the threat of liability. And it's fueling what could become a national debate over the proper response by school and mental health professionals for those deemed at risk of violence. (Read more at the link)
  • Fresno State prof says he did nothing wrong, won’t ‘pay a dime’ for erasing anti-abortion messages

    11/20/2017 5:56:52 AM PST · by ptsal · 34 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | Nov 10, 2017 | Mackenzie Mays
    A Fresno State professor sued by students after interfering with their anti-abortion messages on campus says he did nothing wrong – and didn’t pay $17,000 in a settlement despite an announcement made by Alliance Defending Freedom on Thursday. “I admitted absolutely no wrongdoing, and I did not have to pay a dime,” public health professor Greg Thatcher said Friday. The costs were covered by his insurance company through the National Education Association, he said.
  • San Francisco Chronicle Admits: Some Anti-Trump Protesters are Paid

    05/08/2017 1:41:19 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-8-2017 | Adelle Nazarian
    Despite the left’s attempt to deny it, some anti-Trump protesters are indeed paid to show up — including those from a growing number of tech companies who are paying their employees to participate in anti-Trump rallies. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday, in an article titled “Bay Area demonstrators may be paid to protest, by employers,” that the “common accusation lobbed at liberal protesters” that “they’re being paid to protest” is at least partially based in fact. According to the Chronicle, “an increasing number of companies have unveiled policies that allow employees to take paid time off work for...
  • The Dispensable Mike Flynn!

    02/14/2017 5:39:45 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Steve Pieczenik Talks ^ | 02/14/17 | Dr. Steve Pieczenik
    The recent firing of Mike Flynn is par for the course of any new administration. When a new POTUS comes into office, he must evaluate the performance of his subordinates. Even more difficult is the fact that POTUS must insist that their performance and integrity [whatever that might mean] meets the standards that POTUS has set for himself and his WH. Lt.Gen. Mike Flynn has been a loyal soldier. He did what he was supposed to do in order to facilitate Trump’s ascendancy into the WH. However, rumors were floating around that the National Security team in the WH was...
  • MO: Bill Introduced to Hold Gun Free Zone Owners Liable for Damages

    12/09/2016 6:30:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 61 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2016, SB 1736/HB2033 was passed in the Tennessee legislature. The bill was an attempt to hold businesses that chose to ban defensive firearms from their premises responsible for damages. That was a step to far for the Tennessee legislature. The bill was cut back to say that businesses that did not ban firearms would be immune from lawsuit for actions that resulted from their lack of a ban. In Missouri, Representative Schroer has introduced a bill, HB 96, that is very similar to the original HB 2033 in Tennessee. From news-leader.com: The proposal, known as House Bill 96,...
  • Glock scheduled for trial in personal injury case

    08/25/2016 4:49:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 100 replies
    guns.com ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Daniel Terrill
    A $75,000 personal injury case against Glock filed by an Arkansas policeman has been scheduled for trial in a federal court, according to the final scheduling order issued last week. The jury trial will start Aug. 21, 2017, in a federal court in Helena, Arkansas, the order says. Final arguments and discovery exhibits are due in the beginning months of the year. The plaintiff in the case, Larry Jones, of Cherry Valley, Arkansas, was injured when his Glock 19C pistol discharged unexpectedly at the shooting range in June 2013, the lawsuit says. At the time he was trying to...
  • The Day Gun Free Zone Signs Came Down in Tennessee

    07/01/2016 3:35:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Tennessee Legislature sent SB1736 (HB2033) to Governor Bill Haslam (R) on April 21, 2016.  Governor Haslam signed it on 27 April, 2016.  It goes into effect today, 1 July, 2016.  Most places will start taking down their “No Guns” signs as of today.  SB1736, now Pub. Ch. 947, does this without stepping on private property rights. It does so by making property owners or property managers responsible for a legal gun carrier’s defense if they take positive action to disarm legal gun carriers and the gun carrier(s) suffer harm as a result.Here is a summary of the bill. ...
  • Tennessee Bill Grants Immunity for Toleration of Second Amendment Rights

    04/29/2016 11:49:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In Tennessee, SB 1736(pdf)  has passed the House and the Senate. It is a bill that grants immunity for toleration of Second Amendment rights.It has been enrolled and sent to Governor Bill Haslam.  Governor Haslam promised to sign “Constitutional” carry if it reached his desk, six years ago.  It seems likely that he will sign this bill. The bill passed the Senate 26 to 4, the House 77 to 13.  The bill follows a trend started by Wisconsin and Kansas, where people who chose to allow others to exercise their Second Amendment rights are granted immunity from civil action...
  • Gov Nikki Haley just became a liability for Rubio after this was published to social media!

    03/01/2016 11:33:21 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    News Ninja ^ | Wayne Dupree
    On Monday, Gov. Nikki Haley Took to the stage alongside Sen. Marco Rubio asked for the GOP front-runner Donald Trump to release his tax returns so the other candidates and the media could look them over. Trump responded he is currently in an audit and will release them after that its completed. But through the wondrous works of the Internet, Trump’s social media manager Dan Scavino published a tweet that included Haley’s 2012 video where she took the position of questions asked to release tax returns are only a ploy and distraction, and even she had gone through it during...
  • Colorado state pension plan to miss full-funding target by 14 years [ PERA ]

    10/20/2015 7:38:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Oct 19, 2015 | Monica Mendoza
    Colorado’s pension plan is on track to be fully funded by 2055 — 14 years after the 2041 target date set by the Colorado Legislature in 2010. Now, lawmakers will need to decide if they want to stick to the 2041 target date, or agree that it will take longer than they planned for the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association to have the money to pay for the promised benefits to PERA’s 529,000. The probability of the financial projections, as well as other variables, were discussed today with members of the Colorado Legislative Audit Committee, who heard the results of...
  • Liability concerns prompt some cities to limit sledding (!)

    01/06/2015 8:07:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 4, 2015 3:53 PM EST | Scott McFetridge
    As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree. But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims. No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where the City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks. […] A study by...
  • Teachers Ordered to Stop Chaperoning School Trips

    12/14/2014 3:12:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    The head of the Teachers Association, Ran Erez, on Sunday sent a letter to members of the organization in which he instructed them to stop serving as chaperones on school trips after Chanukah. Erez claimed that despite the commitment of the Ministry of Education, no steps have been taking to regulate the criminal liability imposed on teachers in the event that a student is ...
  • Report: Colorado schools, cities have $10 billion in hidden pension liability

    12/03/2014 10:29:40 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Watchdog ^ | December 3, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    Colorado’s schools and governments have about $10 billion in hidden pension and health-care benefit liability, a “sinkhole” that could cost many individual taxpayers $10,000 or more to fill, a report from the Chicago-based nonprofit Truth in Accounting found. Sheila A. Weinberg, TIA founder and CEO, said the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association hasn’t collected enough from school districts and local governments to cover retirement costs for all the local employees. “It is pushed off year after year until these plans don’t have enough money to pay for retirees,” she said. “They’re either going to have to raise taxes or cut...
  • Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton 'has been a product of Washington' all her adult life

    02/20/2014 7:51:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2-20-14 | Charlie Spiering
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes Hillary Clinton's biggest obstacle as a presidential candidate will be her deep connections to Washington. "I think the biggest problem that [former] Secretary of State Clinton has is much bigger than just that, it’s that she is throughout her adult life, she has been a product of Washington, whether she’s been there, worked there, secretary of state, United States senator, not only first lady, but back to her days working on the Hill," Walker said during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday evening. Walker, a potential 2016 GOP candidate, suggested that...
  • California's 'wall of debt' is only a slice of its liability problem

    01/27/2014 6:22:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 01/26/2014 | Jessica Calefati
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's image as a responsible, penny-pinching steward of California's finances has been cemented in recent weeks because of his renewed call to pay off California's "wall of debt. That's a term Brown coined when he took office to describe the tens of billions of dollars California owed to public schools and special funds whose coffers were raided to help balance budgets in the past. But look behind that $24.9 billion wall and you'll see a $330 billion skyline of other liabilities threatening the state's financial health. It includes $80 billion needed to cover teachers' pensions and...
  • NYC Police Shoot Bystanders

    12/14/2013 9:31:51 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    Two New York City police officers wounded two pedestrians when they opened fire on an unarmed man who was wandering into traffic. Assistant District Attorney Shannon Lucey defended the discharge of the weapons saying that “the person the officers were trying to apprehend may have been mentally deranged. He could’ve been hit by a car or bus and been seriously injured or killed. They officers felt justified using deadly force to try to stop him.” The deranged man was eventually arrested and will be charged with assaulting the two women that the police shot while pursuing him. As Lucey explained,...
  • Abortion Foes Would Let Women Sue Clinics Over Regulation

    12/10/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o
    Jill Stanek ^ | December 9, 2013 | Kelli
    All the work in getting pro-life legislation passed can be lost if there are no tools for enforcing them,” [AUL's Charmaine] Yoest said by e-mail. “The enforcement module, for the first time, equips ordinary Americans to file a complaint, and expands the potential for people in their own communities – in addition to state attorney generals or other legal office holders – to hold the abortion industry accountable.”… A group that helped states write legislation for a record number of abortion restrictions since 2011 is expanding its toolkit with proposals to let patients and their families sue clinics to enforce...
  • Critics say it’s time NY ends 1885 Scaffold Law

    08/31/2013 12:43:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 31, 2013 3:20 PM EDT | Michael Gormley
    Years before skyscrapers, when New York City’s tallest building was still the 281-foot spire of Wall Street’s historic Trinity Church, state lawmakers passed the Scaffold Law, which made property owners and contractors liable for most “gravity-related” injuries to workers on construction sites. … Some New York government agencies and contractors say the cost of the insurance, which can often be double that of other states, is hitting a crisis point that could soon suspend work on bridges, schools and the recovery from Superstorm Sandy.“It increases the cost of doing business and decreases what we are capable of doing in New...