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Olin Corp. asks for toxic chemical action dismissal, claims covered under work comp statutes

A widow is barred from taking action over the death of her husband because the claim falls under the “exclusive remedy” provisions of Illinois’ workers’ compensation statutes, the deceased man’s former employer argues. Cathleen Shelton, on behalf of the estate of her husband, Michael, filed suit against Olin Corporation, claiming the company failed in its duty of care by exposing…

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IL appeals panel OKs $54M jury verdict in Indiana trucking accident, even though Indiana law applied

A three-justice panel of the Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a massive verdict against a trucking company in relation to a 2011 Interstate 65 crash, saying a trial court properly allowed both Indiana and Illinois law to apply. The Feb. 9, 2011, incident on southbound I-65 in Jasper County, Ind., involved seven vehicles. The crashes were instigated when…

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Workers comp premiums drop, but industry remains healthy: S&P

Workers compensation insurers’ year-over-year premiums have declined so far in 2019, according to a market intelligence analysis from S&P Global Inc. released Monday. Fourteen of the top 20 workers compensation underwriters reported premium declines in the first half of 2019, and total comp premiums for the industry declined to $27.03 billion — down 2.8% compared with the previous year —…

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Customer alleges she suffered multiple injuries after falling in Casino Queen food court

A Macoupin County woman is suing a casino, alleging negligence caused to her fall and sustain injuries on the defendant’s property. Sarah Broyles filed suit Aug. 29 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Casino Queen Inc., Casino Queen and Casino Queen Holdings LLC, alleging negligence. According to the complaint, on Sept. 10, 2017, Broyles was visiting Casino Queen in…

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Chicago-Area Contractor Cited, Fined $250K for Fall, Scaffolding Hazards

A contractor has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration which says workers were exposed to fall and scaffolding hazards at a commercial building project in Chicago. The Labor Department says that Polo Masonry Builders in Park Ridge, Illinois, also faces penalties of more than $250,000. OSHA inspectors cited the company for repeat and…

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