PRIMA RiskWatch
Dec. 6, 2012

New York court rejects inspector liability in capsizing
The Associated Press via WGCL-TV
New York's top court recently rejected damages claims against state inspectors who continually recertified a tour boat for 48-passenger capacity before it overturned on an Adirondack lake in 2005, drowning 20 people on a fall foliage tour.More

City OKs sex-harassment settlement, takes steps to reduce liability
The Columbus Dispatch
Even as Columbus, Ohio, agreed recently to settle a sexual-harassment lawsuit that involved Franklin County Municipal Court, it is taking steps to ensure that court employees no longer can be city liabilities. City Council approved spending $150,000 to settle the federal lawsuit filed two years ago by former court reporter Brenda Williams.More

Food cart fight reveals security issues for cart owners throughout Portland, Ore.
The Oregonian via
A feud between street kids and food carts owners at a downtown Portland, Ore., cart pod turned violent recently, leading to six arrests. The incident also exposed a wider problem — a lack of security among the city's nationally recognized food carts that makes their owners vulnerable.More

Council Bluffs, Iowa, fights insurers as city faces potential liability in wrongful conviction case
The Associated Press via The Republic
The city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, may be forced to levy a special tax to pay two men who claim the city and two police officers targeted them for the murder of a retired white police captain because of their race.More

Red-light traffic cameras have drivers seeing red
Fox News
The application of technology without sufficient discipline is usually a bad thing. Witness the latest problems with red light cameras. Depending on how you read the latest studies, cameras are either a Big Brother danger to the public or the latest in life-saving technology. Either way, some drivers are seeing red — and turning to other technologies to help.More

Greenbelt, Md., grapples with pit bull liability
Greenbelt City Council in Maryland recently grappled to understand whether the city and housing communities could be sued in the case of pit bull attacks. The discussion was the result of a much-debated decision by Maryland's Court of Appeals earlier this year that landlords and owners could be held liable for pit bull injuries.More

Mason, Mich., city workers to see insurance cost increase
Lansing State Journal
The Mason City Council has taken steps to defray the increasing cost of employee health insurance by using the state's suggested 80/20 model. "We've been planning on implementing this strategy," Mason City Manager Martin Colburn said.More