Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP, a New York-based law firm settled claims for more than 10,000 first responders in the 9/11 tragedy and is now representing nine victims in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. The survivors are alleging negligence and a lack of sufficient security on behalf of Cinemark and the Century 16 Theater where the event occurred. Though it is the seventh lawsuit filed regarding the horrific July 20 events, it is unique in that its the first to specifically name employees. These employees include the owner, general manager, and manager of the theater. The nine victims are seeking millions of dollars in damages. Read More
Pennsylvania-based utilities company, UGI, and the Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement have submitted a joint settlement regarding a deadly 2011 Allentown natural gas explosion. UGI has agreed to pay $386,000, the maximum fine possible. They also need to increase their efforts to replace cast-iron pipeline that played a role in the tragic incident. The natural gas explosion killed five people, injured dozens, and destroyed numerous homes. The investigation following the event alleged that UGI had ignored warning signs for the explosion. Had they been addressed the catastrophe could have been prevented.