Facing bidding wars, more homebuyers are waiving contingencies

Apr 23, 2021
Contingencies allow buyers, under certain conditions, to renegotiate or even back out of a deal without losing money.
Buyer protections are often discarded in the current seller's market, which could squeeze out people who can’t afford a lot of risk.
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The hangup on the Hill: Who's liable for COVID infections at work or school?

Dec 11, 2020
Congressional Republicans want schools and businesses to be protected from lawsuits.
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Students face COVID-19 liability waivers upon return to campus

Sep 2, 2020
Those waivers could mean schools don't have to spend as much on precautions, like new heating and ventilation systems.
Incoming students began moving onto the Ohio State campus on Aug. 13 on a staggered schedule to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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GOP relief bill would shield companies from COVID-19-related lawsuits

Jul 28, 2020
The Republican bill includes some exceptions, like firms that act with gross negligence.
A hostess provides hand sanitizer to customers at a Miami restaurant in early July.
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How will we know when it's safe to go back to work? Workers and employers want to know.

May 11, 2020
Right now, OSHA doesn’t have a blanket legal standard for protecting workers from infectious diseases.
The medical definition of what's safe has been changing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Businesses step up cleaning to keep new coronavirus at bay

Mar 6, 2020
"Deep cleaning" companies are in demand.
A utility service worker for King County Metro deep cleans a metro bus on March 3, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.
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California struggles to determine who will pay for fires

Aug 28, 2018
Wildfires are expected to be deadlier and costlier in coming years. State utilities say they can't afford to keep paying for damages.
Firefighters conduct a controlled burn to defend houses from the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, as it continues to spread toward the town of Upper Lake, California, on Aug. 2.
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Big tech warms up to Senate bill that would roll back some internet protections

Nov 10, 2017
SESTA would crack down on the use of internet sites to promote sex trafficking by holding them liable.
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Cleveland increases its protest insurance

Jul 15, 2016
For convention cities, the events are a financial risk-management challenge.
The Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. 
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How the McDonald's ruling impacts the franchise industry

Jul 30, 2014
It's not yet clear how the NLRB's decision will affect other companies.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled McDonald's could be held "jointly liable" for labor and wage violations made by its franchise owners.
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