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As 2013 comes to a close, PRIMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the PRIMA Risk Watch a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 2.




Liability for government-issued vehicles on the rise
The Arizona Republic
From June 13: Governments across the country are experiencing more legal liability associated with maintaining their own fleets, national experts say, especially as employees are increasingly encouraged to spend more time inside their cars and communicate remotely to reduce the need to travel to and from offices.
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Locker room injury leads to municipal liability drama
Connecticut Law Tribune
From June 6: In 2005, Middletown High School student Jasmon Vereen was injured while roughhousing in a locker room at the school. He cut his arm on a locker he claimed was damaged. His family filed a lawsuit and a jury awarded a $30,000 plaintiff's verdict. But what appeared to be a small potatoes personal injury case has turned into a long-running legal battle which recently resulted in an Appellate Court decision that, at least one lawyer says, seems to muddle Connecticut law regarding municipal liability.
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How to end workplace bullying
Lab Manager
From Nov. 26: Drs. Warren and Roberta (Robin) Heydenberk of Lehigh University's College of Education provide their take on the harmful effects of bullying among adults and offer a solution to prevent and end the practice. Although it seems ironic that a 300 pound professional football player would be bullied, as happened recently in the Miami Dolphin incident involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, it is actually a very common occurrence. Unfortunately, bullying behavior — whether unprovoked, unidirectional or intentional abuse — is alive and well in the adult sphere, including the workplace.
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3 Idaho cities drop out of self-insurance pool
Idaho Mountain Express
From March 7: A self-insurance pool formed by 39 Idaho cities last March to keep insurance costs down is now losing members, despite the risk of paying penalties that match the cost of monthly premiums over the past year.
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A Philadelphia school's big bet on nonviolence
The Atlantic
From July 18: Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, they did something a lot of people would find inconceivable. The school was known as "Jones Jail" for its reputation of violence and disorder, and because the building physically resembled a youth correctional facility. Situated in the Kensington section of the city, it drew students from the heart of a desperately poor hub of injection drug users and street level prostitution where gun violence rates are off the charts. But rather than beef up the already heavy security to ensure safety and restore order, American Paradigm stripped it away. During renovations, they removed the metal detectors and barred windows.
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Public pension funds and municipal default risk
Seeking Alpha
From Aug. 1: The state of public pension funds is at the heart of the potential default risk of states and municipalities, as the recent bankruptcy of Detroit demonstrates. There is a wide gap between common analysis at public pension funds and modern "best practice" principles of economics and finance.
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What Detroit's finances mean for us
KARE-TV
From Aug. 8: Cities and states across the U.S. are watching Detroit closely after the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy filing. That's because it's bringing to light a problem that "may" lie ahead for many other governments. Financial analyst, Dan Ament with Morgan Stanley, visited KARE 11 Sunrise to help us focus on our finances.
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Court says New York neglected disabled in emergencies
The New York Times
From Nov. 14: New York City has violated the rights of about 900,000 of its residents with disabilities by failing to accommodate for their needs during emergencies, a federal judge ruled. The ruling arose from a lawsuit filed in 2011 after Tropical Storm Irene, but came into sharper focus after Hurricane Sandy, when many New Yorkers with disabilities were stranded for days. The judge, Jesse M. Furman of Federal District Court in Manhattan, found that the city, through “benign neglect,” was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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SEC charges Pennsylvania's capital city with fraud
Reuters via Business Insurance
From May 9: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged the Pennsylvania city of Harrisburg, the state's beleaguered capital, with securities fraud recently for allegedly releasing misleading public statements and financial information.
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Advocates believe dogs will make schools safer
U-T San Diego
From Nov. 7: While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools. Gomer's for-profit company has sent a gun- and drug-detecting dog to patrol the halls of an Ohio high school, while Schiller is launching a nonprofit in Houston to give schools the trained canines for free.
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