From Out of the Abyss...
This week’s article from the past is titled Investigation of Wildland Fires and was written by George Berdan, Assistant Law Enforcement coordinator – California Division of Forestry. It is taken from June, July, August Vol. IX No. 1 issue of the CCAI newsletter.
Investigation of Wildland Fires
The recall involves the 1,500 watt Patriot Power Generators. The generators were sold in black or dark blue with “Patriot Power Generator” printed on the right side of the unit. The recalled generators have serial numbers U14040001 through U14041092 and U14110001 through U14111092 printed on a sticker in the upper right hand corner of the rear panel of the unit. The generators measure about 18 inches long by 10 inches wide by 12 inches tall.
Details can be found at CPSC
In the Matter of THE COMPLAINT OF WILLIAM and MYO SHEARS, owners of the M/V SHEAR JOY, Washington Registration No. WN6268JC for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability.
Case No. C14-1296RSM.
United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle.
January 4, 2016.
ORDER GRANTING PETITIONERS' MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT.
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ, District Judge.
This admiralty matter comes before the Court on Petitioners' Motion for Summary Judgment. Dkt. #33. Petitioners seek an Order finding that the claimants cannot meet their burden of proving that either negligence or unseaworthiness of the SHEAR JOY caused their damages. Id. Claimants Falvey Yacht Insurance, LLC, and Shelter Bay Marina (hereinafter "claimants") respond that they have evidence demonstrating issues of material fact that preclude summary judgment in favor of the Petitioners. Dkt. #41. Having reviewed the record before it, and having determined that oral argument is not necessary, the Court now GRANTS Plaintiff's motion for the reasons set forth herein.
In National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford a/s/o RX Plus Pharmacy Corp. v. Fair Only Real Estate Corp., Index No., 157143, Judge Nancy M. Bannon of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, denied defendant’s motion pursuant to CPLR 3126 to dismiss the plaintiff’s claim for damages for injury to plaintiff’s insured’s property and to preclude it from offering evidence in support of its damages claim at the time of trial, based upon the plaintiff’s alleged spoliation of evidence.
Iconic American motorcycle maker Indian Motorcycle has initiated a voluntary recall involving 18,637 bikes over a potential fire hazard caused due to an issue with the ignition system. The recall involves Indian's range-topping motorcycles including the Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Chief Vintage, which were manufactured between April 15, 2013, to June 16, 2015. The new Indian Springfield as well as entry-level Scout and Scout Sixty are not part of the recall.
ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND TO PRECLUDE EXPERT TESTIMONY
THOMAS O. RICE, District Judge.
BEFORE THE COURT is Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and to Preclude the Testimony of Plaintiff's Expert Witnesses (ECF No. 27). The motion was heard with oral argument on September 28, 2015. James Jason Marquoit appeared on behalf of Plaintiff State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. ("State Farm"). Christopher G. Betke and William F. Etter appeared on behalf of Defendant Hewlett-Packard Company ("Hewlett-Packard").
Covering: Alpine, Amador, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Sierra and Yolo counties
Coordinator: Vern Canon
Phone: 530 277-3765
In recent years spray on polyurethane insulation has become popular as an efficient and effective method for insulating homes. Some research has been done on the effects that two part spray on polyurethane insulation can have on surrounding home construction elements located in the immediate vicinity where the spray on coating is used. In particular, it is suspected that the cure process and materials contained within the respective two part mix can cause negative interactions with surrounding components and can even impact material and performance characteristics of critical home safety systems such as fire sprinkler systems. In particular, it is important to mention that the polyurethane application and curing process is typically done after fire system inspections have been completed. It is at this stage that current industry practices might be leaving the property owner at risk given the possible interactions that the polyurethane process can have on home fire systems, specifically on CPVC fire sprinkler piping. It is important to note that several fire accidents involving spray-on polyurethane products have been recorded and some involve the loss of life due to the internal high cure temperatures that the product generates once it is applied. Product background, chemical reactions, risks, and possible impacts to CPVC fire system sprinklers will be discussed.
This class would be beneficial to both the fire investigator dealing with residential fire sprinkler failures and fire prevention personnel doing construction inspections.
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