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September 01, 2011

Indiana Settles Stage Collapse Suit for $5 Million

Lawsuit Says Microsoft Tracks Customers Without Consent

Fed Tries to Block AT&T Purchase of T-Mobile

Labor Secretary is Concerned About Construction-Worker Safety in Texas

Insurance Lawsuits to Follow Irene

 

 

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Laws/Cases

 

Indiana Settles Stage Collapse Suit for $5 Million

Indiana state officials have agreed to a $5 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by the victims of the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13. Seven people were killed and dozens were injured when high winds caused the stage at the fair to collapse.  Staff Report, United Press International  09/01/2011

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Lawsuit Says Microsoft Tracks Customers Without Consent

Microsoft allegedly tracks the location of its mobile customers even after users request that tracking software be turned off, according to a new lawsuit. The proposed class action, filed in a Seattle federal court on Wednesday, says Microsoft intentionally designed camera software on the Windows Phone 7 operating system to ignore customer requests that they not be tracked.  Dan Levine, Reuters  09/01/2011

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Fed Tries to Block AT&T Purchase of T-Mobile

The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against AT&T Inc. in an effort to block the company's takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc. The department claims the takeover would create an anti-competitive market with "higher prices, poorer quality services, fewer choices and fewer innovative products." Antitrust analysts view this stance by the government as a "more aggressive" attitude toward anti-competition, and is a "line in the sand" in the telecommunications industry.  Jeff Bliss and Sara Forden , Bloomberg  08/31/2011

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Issues

 

Labor Secretary is Concerned About Construction-Worker Safety in Texas

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said today that Texas has made progress on construction-worker safety but needs to do more to improve workplace protections amid its recent spurt of job creation. The Labor Department put more feet on the ground in Texas after noticing that the state had suffered “a large number” of fatalities and injuries among construction workers a couple of years ago, she said. Solis said she held a work-safety summit in Texas in 2010 in light of the statistics.  Staff, Houston Chronicle  09/01/2011

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Insurance

 

Insurance Lawsuits to Follow Irene

The biggest fights will stem from arguments over property damage and whether it resulted from wind or water, legal experts said. Similar questions arose in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina six years ago. Disputes over the extent of coverage and the reimbursement amounts are also likely as property owners face soggy basements, shattered windows and tree-beaten roofs.  Leigh Jones, Reuters  09/01/2011

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