Sailors Ask Ninth Circuit to Revive Fukushima Class Action

A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Tuesday considered whether a U.S. federal court has jurisdiction over negligence and wrongful death claims brought by hundreds of U.S. sailors exposed to radiation while rendering humanitarian aid in Fukushima, Japan, following a 2011 tsunami and nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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College Party

A student failed to state a claim for negligence against York College of Pennsylvania relating to serious injuries she sustained when she fell from a balcony after consuming alcohol as a minor at a sorority mixer party, a federal court in the state ruled. The student has not alleged that she was coerced into drinking or manipulated into jumping off the balcony.

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Stadium Safety

A 12-year-old girl’s claim that she was seriously injured by a foul ball while watching a game at US Baseball’s national team trials is not precluded by the primary assumption of risk doctrine, an appeals court in California ruled. Recent steps taken to extend netting in baseball stadiums indicate that safety measures can be taken without fundamentally altering the nature of the game. 

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