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Jury: Former Oklahoma Legislator Must Pay Insurer $4.3M in Defamation Case
A Tulsa, Okla., jury has awarded an insurance company and its CEO $4.3 million in a defamation case. The Oklahoman reports former state legislator and former First Trinity director Wayne Pettigrew left First Trinity Financial Corp. in 2013 and issued …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 5:02 PM
Ryan Specialty Group to Acquire Trident Marine Managers.
RSG Underwriting Managers (RSGUM) announced an agreement to acquire Trident Marine Managers Inc. and related claims adjusting affiliates (Trident), headquartered in Houston. Trident is a specialty marine managing general agency that has served the energy sector for more than 35 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 5:01 PM
GMI Insurance Taps Falls Lake as Primary Carrier for Auto Programs
GMI Insurance, a program administrator specializing in commercial auto exposures, has added Falls Lake Insurance Companies as the new primary carrier for its auto programs. Effective Feb. 1, GMI Insurance programs offers mono-line commercial auto policies through Falls Lake. GMI …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:37 PM
BKS Partners in Florida Partners With D&M Insurance Solutions
Tampa, Fla.-based insurance brokerage Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS) has partnered with D&M Insurance Solutions, LLC (D&M), a Clearwater, Fla.-based insurance consulting and brokerage firm. The partnership was finalized on Feb. 22, 2017. D&M focuses on serving financial institutions, investors, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:31 PM
Florida-Based SUNZ Taps Bryant as EVP, Chief Legal Officer
SUNZ Holdings has appointed Theodore “Ted” G. Bryant, Esq. to the position of executive vice president and chief legal officer of SUNZ Holdings and will report directly to Steven F. Herrig, CEO and chairman of the board. In this newly …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:22 PM
Proposed Florida Bill Gives Women 10 Years to Sue Doctors Over Abortions
Women who have abortions in Florida would find it easier to sue the doctors who performed the procedure, under a contentious bill now moving through the state House. But it’s unclear if the legislation – which has been opposed by …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:16 PM
South Carolina Lawmakers File 10 Bills Aimed at Curbing Opioid Abuse
House Republicans filed 10 proposals Wednesday aimed at curbing South Carolina’s rampant prescription painkiller problem and promised more legislation would follow. “We wanted to get the ball rolling. This is just the first step,” said Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Belton, one …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 4:09 PM
AIG Among ‘Too-Big-to-Fail’ Insurers Trying to Assess Path Forward Under Trump
Insurance giant American International Group sees “considerable uncertainty” about U.S. regulations that deem non-bank financial institutions as being too big to fail, given the recent change in White House administrations, according to a filing. The “appropriateness and federal regulation” of …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:47 PM
UK P&I Clubs Consider Opening EU Outposts in Preparation for Brexit
U.K.-regulated ship insurers are preparing plans to open new outposts in European Union jurisdictions such as Luxembourg and Cyprus, fearing that Brexit will hinder access to the EU’s financial market, industry sources involved say. Britain dominates the global marine insurance market and …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:10 PM
EU Lawmakers Call for Law Regulating Rise of Robots, Including Self-Driving Cars
European lawmakers on Feb. 16 called for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an ethical framework for their development and deployment and the establishment of liability for the actions of robots including self-driving cars. But they rejected …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:57 PM
6 Years After Fukushima Disaster, Robots Continue Search for Radioactive Fuel
The latest robot seeking to find the 600 tons of nuclear fuel and debris that melted down six years ago in Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant met its end in less than a day. The scorpion-shaped machine, built by …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:46 PM
Security Breach at New York’s Kennedy Airport Unnerves Some Travelers
A breach that allowed 11 people to walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation’s busiest airports has some travelers scratching their heads about how this could happen even with the enhanced security measures put in …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:39 PM
Reported Drone Flying Violations Up 46%
Reports of  drone safety violations continued to increase during 2016. There were 1,274 reports from February through September last year, compared with 874 for the same period in 2015 — a 46 percent increase. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:32 PM
Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Could Get $1.55M from Virginia
A man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit could be getting $1.55 million from the state of Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a bill to provide compensation to 60-year-old Keith Allen …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:30 PM
What is Lidar and Why Are Autonomous Car Makers Fighting Over It?
Spacecraft use it to measure distance. Farmers use it to work out which fields need fertilizer. Archaeologists use it to map topography. And, crucially for Uber Technologies Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, self-driving cars use lidar to navigate. As carmakers …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:23 PM
Massachusetts-Headquartered Eastern Insurance Group Hires Goyer
Eastern Insurance Group, a Natick, Mass.-headquartered subsidiary of Eastern Bank, has hired Mark J. Goyer as vice president and sales executive within Eastern Benefits Group, the insurance firm’s employee benefits division. Goyer, who works out of the Norwell, Mass., office, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 1:44 PM
Lucky to Be Alive, Calling for a Revolution in Road Safety
Three weeks ago, I was walking home on a dark, snowy night in Concord, Massachusetts. The next thing I knew, I was in a hospital, hooked up to some kind of machine. I could not lift my legs or even …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 1:33 PM
XL Catlin Launches $500,000 Fund for Scientists Researching Ocean Risks
XL Catlin has launched a $500,000 fund to support “early career scientists” undertaking research into the changing ocean environment. The XL Catlin Ocean Risk Grants will be awarded to scientists for final year BSc, Masters and PhD research. The fund demonstrates …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 12:38 PM
Helping Small Insurers Sell Cyber Coverage to Small Businesses
With the global cyber insurance market expected to reach $14 billion by 2022, according to Allied Market Research, it’s no wonder more insurers are looking to offer cyber coverage. But small insurers have been sidelined in this market due to …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 11:48 AM
Third Point Re’s Berger to Step Down as CEO, Succeeded by Bredahl
Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. announced that John Berger, chairman and CEO, will be stepping down as CEO effective March 1, 2017. Robert Bredahl, currently president and chief operating officer, will succeed Berger as CEO of Third Point Re on March 1. Berger will …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 11:16 AM
UK Suspect Arrested in Deutsche Telekom Cyber Attack
British authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a cyber attack that infected nearly 1 million routers used to access Deutsche Telekom’s internet service, German federal police said on Thursday. Britain’s National Crime Agency detained the 29-year-old Briton at one of …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 10:15 AM
Chubb’s Draper Jumps to Navigators to Head International Casualty
The Navigators Group Inc. said that David J. Draper has joined the company as head of International Casualty. Draper is responsible for developing Navigators’ international casualty business outside of the United States in Europe, including in the UK, and in …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 7:55 AM
Now’s the Time to Invest in ’80s-Era Classic Cars
Thirty years ago, a person of means could walk into an import car dealership, drop a sum that would double the average annual household income, and drive out with a grand touring coupe—a two-door, four-seater powered by a prodigious, smooth, naturally aspirated …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 6:00 AM
WestCongress Insurance Services Opens in Detroit
WestCongress Insurance Services LLC, a newly created managing general agent (MGA) for the specialty commercial insurance marketplace, has opened in Detroit. WestCongress will focus on excess and surplus (E&S) lines coverage in niche and underserved segments. The company’s initial product …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:26 AM
Oregon Workers’ Comp Provider Sees Big Hike in Slip, Fall Injuries in January
As a result of the heavy snow and ice statewide in January, more Oregon workers suffered slips, trips and falls than in any recent January, according to SAIF data. SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company. More than …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:08 AM
Watson Joins Cavignac & Associates in San Diego
Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm, has hired Stephen Watson as a junior account executive. His principle area of focus will be on professional liability. Watson previously was employed as assistant manager of Walmart …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:03 AM
Minot, North Dakota, Planning for Launch of Disaster Resilience Program
Minot officials have drafted a new governance structure for the city in hopes of giving momentum to its disaster resilience program. City Manager Tom Barry outlined the plan to the Minot City Council earlier this month, the Minot Daily News …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:57 AM
Avant Acquires Kansas-Based Supermarket Insurance Group
Avant LLC has purchased Supermarket Insurance Group (SIG), based in Overland Park, Kansas. SIG is a property/casualty insurance provider to the supermarket niche in the U.S. with a concentration in the Midwest. SIG is led by CEO Bill Morrison Based …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:53 AM
Woman Arrested in Connection with 28 California Fires
A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to 28 fires set throughout the city of Fullerton, Calif., since September. The Orange County Register reports that the woman was arrested after investigators found her trying to set fire to bushes …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:47 AM
Hanover Insurance Restructures Agency Business; Eyes Specialty Expansion
The Hanover Insurance Group Inc. is making some organizational changes as it implements what its CEO calls its “go-forward business strategy, Hanover 2021” that is focused on growing responsibly, managing volatility and generating strong returns for shareholders. Joseph M. Zubretsky, president …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 6:55 PM

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Oregon Workers’ Comp Provider Sees Big Hike in Slip, Fall Injuries in January
As a result of the heavy snow and ice statewide in January, more Oregon workers suffered slips, trips and falls than in any recent January, according to SAIF data. SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company. More than …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:08 AM
Watson Joins Cavignac & Associates in San Diego
Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm, has hired Stephen Watson as a junior account executive. His principle area of focus will be on professional liability. Watson previously was employed as assistant manager of Walmart …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 3:03 AM
Woman Arrested in Connection with 28 California Fires
A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to 28 fires set throughout the city of Fullerton, Calif., since September. The Orange County Register reports that the woman was arrested after investigators found her trying to set fire to bushes …

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 2:47 AM
Beecher Carlson Names Newell as Managing Director in California
Beecher Carlson Insurance Services LLC is expanding its West Coast operations with the appointment of Keith Newell as its managing director. Newell will be primarily based in the firm’s Woodland Hills, Calif. office. Newell’s focus is on new business strategies …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 10:00 AM
California Surplus Lines Association Elects Ciardello Chairman of the Board
The members of the Surplus Line Association of California have elected Tom Ciardello, senior executive vice president of Worldwide Facilities LLC, as the chair of the SLA board of directors. Ciardello’s election was finalized after the SLA tallied the final …

POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 10:00 AM
Reality Star Sues Alaska-Based Reality Show over Safety Claims
A star of the Alaska-based reality series “Life Below Zero” is suing the show’s producers, alleging she was hurt while forced to perform dangerous acts in support of false story lines. The lawsuit against BBC Worldwide Reality Productions and others …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 8:21 PM
The Path to Let Rideshare Companies into Alaska Not So Smooth
The drive to allow rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Alaska has hit speed bumps. The bill, from Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, faces opposition from taxi companies worried the entrance of rideshare groups will drive down wages …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 8:16 PM
Arizona Bill to Axe Required Auto Glass Coverage Appears Dead
Arizona drivers used to paying nothing when their car windshields are cracked or shattered by rocks appear likely to keep the insurance coverage for at least another year. That’s because an effort by insurance companies to remove a requirement that …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:04 PM
Colorado Wind Storm Deadly, But Not So Costly
A wind storm that recently tore through a Colorado city was deadly, but less costly than expected. The Jan. 9 wind storm caused downed trees and widespread power outages, but it didn’t make the list of Colorado Spring’s most costly …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:01 PM
Hub International Acquires Assets of Employer Resource Group in California
Hub International Ltd. has acquired the assets of Employer Resource Group Financial & Insurance Services Inc. in Torrance, Calif. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tim Dickins, ERG founder and CEO, will join Hub California and report to Andrew …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 3:52 PM
US-Reports and Canadian Reports Merger Creates Colorado Risk Solutions Firm
H.W. Kaufman Financial Group has combined US-Reports and Canadian Reports, rebranding both companies under the name Afirm, which is based in Fort Collins, Colo. The merger will continue their global presence and allow a single source for loss control inspection, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 3:44 PM
Infogain Names Patterson as Guidewire Head for Insurance Vertical in California
Infogain has named James Patterson as Guidewire head. Patterson is based in San Diego, Calif. and reports to Girish Kannalli, vice president and general manager of the insurance and healthcare business unit. Kannalli is responsible for strengthening Infogain’s solutions and …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 8:16 PM
Landmark Restaurant in Washington Suffers $1M in Fire Damages
A fire at a Marysville, Wash. landmark caused about $1 million in damage. The Daily Herald reported that a fire broke out on Sunday at the Village Restaurant. It’s a landmark with a history that dates back to the 1930s. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 3:41 PM
California Gas Prices Could Rise Following Local Refinery Blast
An explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Torrance, Calif. over the weekend forced the partial shutdown of the plant, leading oil traders to expect a spike this week in West Coast gasoline prices. Police and the plant owner …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 3:39 PM
Socius Insurance Services Names Grace as Assistant Vice President in Arizona
Socius Insurance Services Inc. has hired Cassandra Grace to join its management and professional liability practice as assistant vice president. Grace will be based in Phoenix, Ariz. Grace has more than a decade of experience in the insurance industry, specifically …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 3:23 PM
California DIR Suspends 7 Workers’ Comp Medical Providers for Fraud
California’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended seven medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system. The providers were convicted of workers’ comp fraud or have been suspended from the Medicare or …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 7:50 PM
California Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Allow Later Last Call Times
Closing times at bars in California could go later if proposed legislation there gets passed. The bill proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, would let municipalities set their own last call times. The Los …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 7:47 PM
Woodruff-Sawyer in California Names Cartwright Practice Leader
San Francisco, Calif.-based Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Darren Cartwright claims auditing and consulting practice leader. Cartwright will be responsible for the direction of the claims group, which provides claims management and advice across the areas of property/casualty, management liability …

POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 10:00 AM
LA County Supervisors Order Inspection of Dams in Wake of Oroville Emergency
Supervisors have ordered inspections of all Los Angeles County dams in the wake of flooding concerns at Northern California’s Oroville Dam. The Los Angeles Times wrote that supervisors unanimously approved the order Tuesday. The Department of Public Works has 30 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 10:47 PM
Hub International Acquires Assets Denali Alaskan Insurance
Hub International Ltd. has acquired the assets of Denali Alaskan Insurance LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Denali Federal Credit Union. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Anchorage, Alaska-based DAI specializes in providing property/casualty insurance solutions. The DAI team …

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 10:19 PM
Audit Shows Risk Management Fund for New Mexico City Being Drained by Suits
Legal settlements in law enforcement civil rights cases over the past five years have severely depleted Albuquerque, N.M.’s risk management fund, which pays for uninsured losses. In a letter to city officials, state Auditor Tim Keller wrote that the city …

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 3:10 PM
Hacker Convicted in California of Breaking into More Than 100K Amex Accounts
A federal jury in Sacramento, Calif. has convicted a hacker accused of breaking into more than 100,000 of American Express accounts and handing off funds to Russia. The Sacramento Bee reported that 37-year-old Mihran Melkonyan on Tuesday was found guilty …

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 3:08 PM
Wholesale Trading Insurance Names Kiley Managing Director in California
Wholesale Trading Insurance Services LLC in San Francisco, Calif. has named Chris Kiley managing director and property broker. Kiley has more than 20 years of property broking and underwriting with expertise in real estate and specialty property. Kiley joins WTIS …

POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2017 10:00 AM
CoreLogic: $13.3B in Reconstruction at Risk in Northern California Dam Failure
Roughly 50,047 single- and multi-family residential homes could be damaged with an estimated reconstruction cost value of $13.3 billion if the Oroville Dam in California were to fail completely, according to new data analysis from CoreLogic that included the six …

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 9:46 PM
Report: California’s Central Coast Accounting for More of State’s Comp Claims
California’s Central Coast has been accounting for more of the state’s workers’ compensation claims recently, a new report issued today shows. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has issued a new Regional Score Card, the sixth in its research series that …

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 8:00 PM
Oregon’s Largest City Requests $3.2M in Federal Disaster Aid For Storms
The Oregon city of Portland is asking for over $3.2 million in federal disaster aid to cover costs related to the city’s record-setting snow and ice storms in January. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the city gave Multnomah County an initial damage …

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 3:55 PM
8 Cars Burn, 7 People Treated after Parking Fire at California’s Disneyland
A fire broke out in Disneyland’s main parking structure that burned eight cars and caused seven people to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. No foul play was suspected but authorities haven’t given a cause for the blaze at …

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 3:51 PM
Flood Concerns Dismissed by Dam Managers California 12 Years Ago
Environmental activists and local government officials warned more than a decade ago about the risk of catastrophic flooding below a major Northern California dam – the very scenario that threatened to unfold over the weekend, prompting evacuation orders for nearly …

POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2017 3:49 PM
EPIC Names Frugoli Vice President in Health Care Group in California
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has named Adam Frugoli vice president of its health care strategy group. He will divide his time between EPIC’s Idaho Falls, Idaho and Sacramento, Calif., offices. Frugoli will be responsible for new business development, program design and …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2017 3:35 PM
Palomar Specialty Launches Residential Flood Program in California
Palomar Specialty Insurance Co. has launched Flood Guard, a private flood program in California that uses an advanced and granular proprietary rating system. Palomar used catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide’s probabilistic flood model for the United States in its rate …

POSTED FEBRUARY 14, 2017 5:11 AM

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