PRIMA RiskWatch
Apr. 11, 2013

Oregon may be 1st with automatic voter registration
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is on a mission to make voter registration easier in her state than anywhere else in the country. So easy, in fact, it's automatic. Brown, now in her second term, is pushing for legislation that would instantly register voters based on information gleaned from their DMV records. The plan would make Oregon the only state in the country to automatically register voters.More

Mississippi Jury finds State Farm defrauded NFIP after Katrina
Property Casualty 360
A federal jury in Mississippi has found that that State Farm committed fraud against the government's National Flood Insurance Program by submitting a fraudulent flood claim following Hurricane Katrina. The eight-member jury reportedly deliberated for about three hours to decide the whistleblower lawsuit filed seven years ago by former independent insurance adjusters Cori and Kerri Rigsby against State Farm under the False Claims Act.More

Can the government force you to own a gun?
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"After weeks of national media attention and debate among residents, members of the Nelson City Council [in Georgia] stuck to their guns and unanimously voted to enact a law that requires every head of household within its city limits to own a firearm." City Councilman Duane Cronic said a section of the ordinance "could exempt basically any of Nelson's about 1,300 residents; the ordinance is meant simply as a message to any criminals and was never intended to be enforced."More

Hospital installs bulletproof glass in emergency room
The Citizens' Voice
Citing concern for patient and staff safety, officials at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center have installed bulletproof glass around the emergency department's reception desk. The hospital was the site of a run-in in July between two alleged killers — men charged in a triple homicide — and the mother of a victim who was hospitalized on life support.More

Smart meter foes resurrect court fight
Chicago Tribune
Opponents of Naperville, Ill.'s smart meter program have re-filed their federal lawsuit to include more evidence to back up their concerns over health, safety and security and show their constitutional rights are being violated. The amended lawsuit now seeks to force the city to replace smart meters with analog meters upon residents' request at no cost.More

Judge tosses $750,000 ankle-injury lawsuit against city
A federal judge has ruled that Portsmouth, N.H., is immune from legal liability for an ankle injury a woman suffered by stepping into a hole in Haven Park. In an April 3 decision, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph DiClerico Jr. agreed with the city that state "recreational use" law grants landowners who make their property available for free recreational use immunity from liability for personal injury or property damage.More

Indiana city moves to protect itself from injury liability during annual circus festival
The Associated Press via The Republic
A north-central Indiana city with a rich history tied to circuses is taking steps to protect itself from liability in any accidents that might occur during its annual circus-themed festival. Peru Clerk-Treasurer Jackie Gray told the Kokomo Tribune that two people filed tort claims against the city last year for injuries they suffered during the Circus City Festival.More

Study: New Jersey auto insurance rates highest in poor cities
It's no secret that the price you pay for auto insurance depends in part on your ZIP code, and a new survey shows just how much of difference an address can make. The most striking result of the recently released analysis of state data by California-based TZ Insurance Solutions LLC is that residents of New Jersey's poorer cities, including Newark, Paterson and Passaic, are paying through the nose.More