April 22, 2019
New England Insurance Group
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:00:46 +0000
Brown & Riding’s environmental practice group has added Tricia Katz to its team of environmental-focused insurance brokers. Katz works out of Denver, Colo. She specializes in assisting contracting risks with the placement of environmental products as w...
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:00:33 +0000
Johnson & Johnson wants a federal judge to take over more than 2,000 baby-powder lawsuits it faces instead of allowing the cases to be heard by state-court juries, where the company has a mixed record. The world’s largest maker of …
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:00:25 +0000
The American Association of Insurance Services has received approval for its cannabis businessowners policy (CannaBOP) program from the Colorado Department of Insurance. AAIS announced it filed for approval of the program in Colorado earlier this month...
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:00:20 +0000
Apple is being sued for $1 billion in damages by an 18-year-old college student who blames the company’s facial recognition software for his false arrest and for wrongly tying him to thefts at Apple stores in several states. The plaintiff …
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:49:45 +0000
A restoration contracting company owner was arrested this month in Florida for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 from consumers who assigned their insurance benefits to him through assignment of benefits (AOB) contracts, according to a statement fro...
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:39:57 +0000
Strong storms roared across the Southeast last week, killing at least two in Mississippi and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. A girl was also killed in Florida …
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 02:40:31 +0000
The North Dakota Supreme Court could soon clarify who is considered a victim under Marsy’s Law, which embedded victim’s rights into the state constitution. The high court is expected to rule in the upcoming months in a case that uses …
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 02:39:00 +0000
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that allows for establishing a reinsurance pool for the individual health insurance market in that state. House Bill 1106, backed by the North Dakota Department of Insurance, was passed unanimously by …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 21:22:56 +0000
After dipping for the first time ever in 2017, the number of workers’ comp medical dispute decision letters rose to an all-time high in 2018, according to a California Workers’ Compensation Institute study on the Independent Medical Review process used …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 21:10:36 +0000
Producers Ag Insurance Group Inc. has agreed to acquire Leawood, Kan.-based managing general agent AmTrust Agriculture Insurance Services. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by May 1. Terms were not disclosed. AmTr...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:16:39 +0000
Brown & Brown of Oregon LLC has acquired substantially all of the assets of ALMEA Insurance’s Vancouver, Wash. location. Following the deal, the ALMEA Insurance team will continue doing business from its existing Vancouver location as a branch location...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:59:18 +0000
Uber Technologies Inc. said it was rolling out new safety features to help riders avoid fake rideshare drivers, two weeks after the murder of a college student who got into her killer’s car mistakenly believing it was her ride. The …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:58:25 +0000
Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992. The announcement by the …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:17:54 +0000
Wisconsin has seen a steep decline in net migration of families with children and this could be problematic for efforts to replace the state’s aging workforce, according to a new report. The Wisconsin Counties Association’s nonpartisan research arm, Fo...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:09:56 +0000
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill to make it easier for firefighters to receive workers’ compensation for cancer and other occupational diseases. The bill signing ends a 20-year fight for firefighters’ workers’ compensation claims to be pres...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:02:07 +0000
Legislation that increases speed limits on Oklahoma turnpikes and some state highways has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill signed by Stitt last week increases turnpike speed limits from 75 to 80 mph and from 70 …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:52:58 +0000
The Honolulu City Council has advanced two bills aimed at providing regulations on short-term vacation rentals on Oahu. Both bills now go back to the Council Planning Committee, as interim Council Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi proposes a new draft of Bill …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:50:54 +0000
An unlicensed marijuana dispensary sold cannabis sprayed with a dangerous pesticide, the city of Los Angeles said in a lawsuit that’s part of a wide-ranging crackdown on illegal pot sales. Marijuana sold at Kush Club 20 contained paclobutrazol, a fungi...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:48:38 +0000
An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued after a co-worker pinned up a Blue Lives Matter flag in the office. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Karimah Guion-Pledgure alleged in her January lawsuit against Multnomah …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:45:25 +0000
SCOR Global P&C grew its gross written premiums by 9.6 percent, at constant exchange rates, to €548 million ($616 million), during the April 1 reinsurance renewals. In the aftermath of the events in 2018, catastrophe reinsurance treaties “responded r...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:02:20 +0000
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether federal law bars employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, accepting cases that could let the court’s new conservative majority put its imprint on the American wor...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:50:34 +0000
The initial insured property losses for extratropical cyclone “Dragi-Eberhard,” which hit the British Isles, and Western and Central Europe on March 9-10, 2019, are estimated at €740 million ($831.8 million), according to PERILS, the independent Zuri...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:05:50 +0000
Hannover Re announced it is scaling back its exposure to coal-fired power plants and coal mines, joining a growing list of re/insurers that have made similar moves. In addition to excluding coal-based projects from its investment portfolio, Hannover Re...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:04:18 +0000
Everest Insurance has hired Dawn Gregg as a vice president within the Risk Management division. In this role, Gregg will focus on growing the Everest Insurance portfolio of large primary casualty risk management accounts within the Eastern region. She ...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:51:16 +0000
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has vacated a lower court’s decision that ruled in favor of a swimming pool retailer sued by the parents of a 4-year-old boy who drowned in one of their pools. Raymond Oliver and Tiffany Gear …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:44:58 +0000
The 2016 death of a Northfield Highway Department worker has led to the passage of bill aimed at improving workplace safety for New Hampshire’s public sector employees. The bill, which passed the House last month and won unanimous support Thursday …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:37:39 +0000
A combination of warm weather, rain and melting snow was feeding floodwaters in low-lying areas of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine on Saturday. No injuries were reported, but in Vermont the Stowe swift water rescue team was staging in the …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:28:39 +0000
The overall cost to large businesses of defending against class action lawsuits continues to rise even as the number of companies sued falls. This is happening because more companies being sued are facing multiple suits and the cases have become …
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:27:04 +0000
British football fans should be wary of rooting for their team by making them a password. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton are all passwords that have been compromised hundreds of thousand of times, according to research publi...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:05:47 +0000
Cytora, the London-based provider of artificial intelligence-powered solutions for the commercial insurance industry, announced it has raised £25 million ($32.5 million) in new financing, which will be used to accelerate expansion of the company’s pro...