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  • Owner May Sue Negligent Tenant for Uninsured Loss: Suit Against Tenant Not Subrogation

    Almost every commercial lease of multi-unit structures contain waivers of subrogation or an agreement that the building owner’s fire insurance is purchased for the benefit of both the owner and the tenants. Since it is improper for an insurer to...
  • Landlord Is Burned, Bears Risk of Loss After Duck and Deer Hunting Lodge Burns Down

    Insurance is a contract of personal indemnity and does not follow the title in the land. When parties enter into lease agreements of real or personal property both the lessor and lessee have an insurable interest in the property. Either one or both can...
  • Study concludes forests are decreasing, but how good is the data?

    Using data from 541 randomly selected 18.5 by 18.5 km blocks, an analysis of Landsat-7 satellite data has concluded that 3% of the forests (1 million square kilometer) present in 2000 were gone by 2005. See map at http://www.sciencenews.org/view/download...
  • Smoke from fires can travel thousands of miles impacting weather, climate, and air quality

    Prior posts have noted the impact of fires in Southeast Asia on air pollution throughout the region. While it has been known for decades that large wildfires can create or enhance thunderstorm clouds, leading to what are called pyrocumulonimbus clouds...
  • Lawsuit: Farmers Hasn't Paid California Wildfire Claims

    LOS ANGELES - (AP) A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Farmers Group Inc. of refusing to pay claims to policyholders whose homes were damaged by last summer's massive Station Fire near Los Angeles. The suit, which claims breach of contract and unfair...
  • Lawsuit Filed In Fatal Propane Stove Fire

    PORTLAND Ore. – (AP) Relatives of an Oregon couple who died in 2008 after propane from a newly installed stove ignited in their eastern Oregon vacation home are suing the companies that installed the stove and the fuel tank. The lawsuit filed in...
  • Feds Investigate Texas Plant Fire That Killed 1

    HOUSTON - (AP) Federal and state officials are investigating what caused a fire that killed one worker at a natural gas liquid plant east of Houston, a facility that since 2004 has paid thousands of dollars in fines for serious violations that included...