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Residents in Southwest Florida Evacuated as Brush Fires Spread
Brush fires are threatening more than 2,000 homes in southwest Florida, and the Florida National Guard is helping to evacuate residents. Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Friday that he deployed the guard and five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:53 PM
1st Farmer Lawsuit Against Syngenta over China Trade Begins in Minnesota
The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:39 PM
Tens of Thousands of Turkeys Killed in Iowa, South Dakota Fires
More than 25,000 turkeys have been killed in separate fires at farms in Iowa and South Dakota A fire at a turkey farm south of Wapello, Iowa, killed about 10,700 juvenile turkeys and caused about $300,000 in damages to the …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:37 PM
Texas Father, Son Charged in Alleged $16M Insurance Scam
Prosecutors say a Texas father and son have been charged in an alleged $16 million hearing aids insurance scam using American Airlines workers. A federal grand jury in Dallas indicted 66-year-old Terry Lynn Anderson and 36-year-old Rocky Freeland Anderson. They …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:35 PM
Sherman Named President of Michigan’s Acrisure
Acrisure LLC, a national retail consulting and insurance broker based in Caledonia, Mich., has named D. Michael Sherman as president. Sherman joined Acrisure in January as a strategic advisor, bringing more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:33 PM
MJ Insurance Adds Parker, Slusser to Risk Management Team in Indianapolis
Indiana-based MJ Insurance, has welcomed two new additions to the risk management department in its Indianapolis headquarters, Aaron Parker and Jon Slusser. Parker joins the MJ team as a client executive, responsible for the overall client experience — creating and …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:32 PM
Smith Joins Sales, Marketing Team at Crystal & Co. in Houston
Matthew Smith has been named a director within the national sales and marketing team in the Houston office of the national insurance brokerage firm, Crystal & Company. He is responsible for business development and expanding client relationships. Smith previously served …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:30 PM
Despite Opposition, Controversial Insurance Bill Moving in Texas Legislature
Note: This story originally appeared in the Texas Tribune Texas property owners could face new hurdles when they try to sue their insurer over storm claims under controversial legislation being cheered by groups seeking curbs on lawsuits but jeered by …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 4:27 PM
Small Quake Rattles Northwestern Colorado
A minor earthquake rattled homes in northwestern Colorado over the weekend. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports the magnitude 3.7 quake hit just before noon Saturday. The epicenter was 2.5 miles northwest of Rangely, a town of about 2,000 …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:08 PM
Feds Will Use Fires to Lower Washington Wildfire Risks
To reduce the risks of wildfires, federal officials this spring are planning to conduct controlled burns on more than 9,000 acres of land in Washington state forests. The Seattle Times reported the fires planned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:05 PM
Minor Temblor Reported off Bay in Washington
A small earthquake struck near Port Townsend in Admiralty Bay. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the earthquake happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday between Port Townsend and Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island. The 3.1-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:02 PM
Everest Joins California Workers’ Comp Rating Bureau Governing Committee
The Everest National Insurance Co. has joined the Governing Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. The WCIRB Governing Committee is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the management of the affairs of the WCIRB. The WCIRB …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 2:52 PM
Supreme Court Rejects GM Use of Bankruptcy to Block Ignition Lawsuits
General Motors Co.’s bid to block hundreds of lawsuits, potentially worth billions of dollars, over a deadly ignition-switch defect broke down on Monday when the Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal claiming the suits were barred by the No. …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 2:04 PM
Massachusetts Lawmakers Debate Pot Regulators’ Independence
Recreational marijuana may be legal for adults in Massachusetts but who ultimately will be in charge of regulating and enforcing the new law remains the subject of behind-the-scenes maneuvering on Beacon Hill. A legislative committee created to review and potentially make revisions …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 2:01 PM
Uber, Lyft Opposing Vermont Bill with New Requirements
Popular ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are opposing a Vermont bill that would require the companies to greatly increase their insurance coverage for personal injuries when drivers are between rides. The Burlington Free Press reports that the bill would …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:27 PM
New York Passes $153B Budget Including Workers’ Comp Reforms
The New York State Senate in April passed its $153 billion 2017-2018 state budget that includes reforms to workers’ compensation in the state. These reforms serve to help businesses, local governments and not-for-profits save money while also enhancing protections for …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:20 PM
RIMS 2017: Why Cyber Should be Treated as Standalone Insurance
Treating cyber risk as a standalone insurance market holds the promise of unlocking the potential for meaningful coverage for both insurers and buyers, according to a new report by JLT Re and JLT Specialty Limited. According to the report released …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:20 PM
JLT Specialty USA Hires Beecher Carlson’s Nolan in Massachusetts
JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), has appointed Molly Nolan as senior vice president. Nolan comes to JLT with more than 20 years’ experience in providing insurance services for complex property accounts. She …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 1:09 PM
China & India Lead U.S. in Renewable Energy Targets: Allianz
Renewable power investments will need to rapidly grow in the coming two decades to be in line with the Paris Agreement climate goals, according to the Allianz Climate & Energy Monitor Deep Dive, which aims to inform investors and policymakers …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 12:49 PM
AXIS Re & China’s Renmin University Offer Actuarial Scholarship
Bermuda-based AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. announced the launch of the “AXIS Re Actuarial Scholarship” in partnership with Renmin University in China. The scholarship fund will provide financial assistance to actuarial students in Renmin’s School of Statistics to help develop their …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 11:01 AM
UK’s Aviva Buys Remaining 50% Share in Vietnam Joint Venture
Aviva plc has acquired VietinBank’s entire 50 percent shareholding in its life insurance joint venture VietinBank Aviva Life Insurance Ltd. Aviva also has signed a new distribution agreement with VietinBank to sell life and health insurance products through VietinBank’s network …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 10:37 AM
U.K. Has 1st Day Without Burning Coal for Power Since 1880s
The U.K. had its first full day without burning coal to make electricity since the Industrial Revolution more than a century ago, according to grid operator National Grid Plc. “Friday 21st April 2017 was the first 24-hour period since the …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 10:16 AM
Neon Appoints Sirius’ Sethi as Senior D&F Underwriter
Neon has appointed Catherine Sethi as senior underwriter in its Property Direct & Facultative (D&F) team. Based in London, Sethi will report to Sam Yates, who joined Neon recently to lead the expansion and growth of its London property D&F …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:36 AM
Hamilton Re to Buy Canopius’ Excess Casualty Renewal Rights
Hamilton Re, the Bermuda-based platform of Hamilton Insurance Group, announced it has agreed to acquire the renewal rights to Canopius Underwriting Bermuda Ltd.’s excess casualty insurance book of business. The transaction is expected to close mid-year. In addition, Sompo Canopius …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 9:18 AM
Society Must Prepare for Disruptive New Techologies, Warns Alibaba Chairman
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Chairman Jack Ma said society should prepare for decades of pain as the internet disrupts the economy. The world must change education systems and establish how to work with robots to help soften the blow caused by automation …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 8:41 AM
At Least 2 Bidders Interested in IDB Unit, Tel-Aviv-Based Clal Insurance
Eduardo Elsztain, the Argentine real estate developer who controls Israeli conglomerate IDB Development Corp., said he has at least two bidders for the company’s insurance unit, Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd. Elsztain is fighting a sale of the company in …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 7:58 AM
Tesla Pushes Back on Class Action Alleging Its Autopilot Software Is Dangerous
Tesla Inc. is facing its first legal challenge over self-driving technology in a case alleging the electric carmaker sold 47,000 vehicles with Autopilot software that’s “dangerously defective” when engaged. Drivers have “become beta testers of half-baked software that renders Tesla …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:00 AM
AIG Study Shows How, Why M&A Insurance Claims Frequency Is Rising
The frequency of insurance claims surrounding mergers and acquisitions (M&As) is rising as large deals prove risky and the average payout on the most severe category of claims tops $20 million, according to an American International Group, Inc. study. AIG’s Global …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:00 AM
States to Get $485 Million for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
The federal government will provide states nearly half a billion dollars for prevention and treatment programs aimed at confronting the opioid epidemic, which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price described last week as a “crisis.” Price made the announcement …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:00 AM
Intellectual Property Coverage Presents Challenges in Private D&O
Physical property damage due to natural disasters, weather-related or man-made incidents, can be relatively straightforward to assess, but understanding how a different form of property causes damage can be a little more ambiguous, according to panelists at the recent Professional …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 5:00 AM

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Small Quake Rattles Northwestern Colorado
A minor earthquake rattled homes in northwestern Colorado over the weekend. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports the magnitude 3.7 quake hit just before noon Saturday. The epicenter was 2.5 miles northwest of Rangely, a town of about 2,000 …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:08 PM
Feds Will Use Fires to Lower Washington Wildfire Risks
To reduce the risks of wildfires, federal officials this spring are planning to conduct controlled burns on more than 9,000 acres of land in Washington state forests. The Seattle Times reported the fires planned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:05 PM
Minor Temblor Reported off Bay in Washington
A small earthquake struck near Port Townsend in Admiralty Bay. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the earthquake happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday between Port Townsend and Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island. The 3.1-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 3:02 PM
Everest Joins California Workers’ Comp Rating Bureau Governing Committee
The Everest National Insurance Co. has joined the Governing Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. The WCIRB Governing Committee is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the management of the affairs of the WCIRB. The WCIRB …

POSTED APRIL 24, 2017 2:52 PM
Wyoming Flood Preparations Follow Flood Predictions
Fremont County, Wyo. residents and disaster response officials are making preparations for spring flooding. Predictions are that the county could see its biggest runoff from the mountain snowpack in decades. National Weather Service hydrologists say the Wind and Little Wind …

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 3:43 PM
Idaho Governor Issues Warnings over Potential Flood Disasters
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says residents facing possible flooding in some areas of the state aren’t taking what he calls a potential disaster seriously. About a dozen state and federal officials at a news conference Wednesday in Boise described …

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 3:41 PM
Managers Made Errors in Handling California Dam Crisis
Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: “This is not good.” Over six …

POSTED APRIL 21, 2017 3:26 PM
$40M Workers’ Comp Medical Kickback Operation in California Shut Down
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas on Thursday announced a shutdown of a $40 million fraudulent medical billing and kickback operation and the filing of charges against more than two dozen doctors, pharmacists and …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 7:06 PM
Wyoming County February Storm Caused $2.8M in Damage
Officials estimate a February storm that cut power to thousands of homes in Teton County, Wyo. and prompted a disaster declaration caused nearly $3 million in damages. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported Nancy Casper with the Federal Emergency …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 2:23 PM
Family Sues Mental Health Contractor in Oregon Bridge Suicide
The family of a woman who jumped off the Astoria Bridge in northwestern Oregon seeks nearly $1 million in a lawsuit filed against a county mental health contractor. The lawsuit filed Saturday alleges Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare was negligent in not …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 2:20 PM
$1M Settlement in Police Shooting in Colorado Capital
City councilors in Denver, Colo. have approved a nearly $1 million settlement with the family of a teenager who was shot and killed by police while driving a stolen car toward an officer in 2015. The proposed settlement in the …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 2:17 PM
Arizona Lawmakers to Take up Texting While Driving Ban for Teens
The Arizona House is planning to debate legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license. The debate comes two days after Speaker J.D. …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 2:15 PM
California University Settles Law School Dean Harassment Suit for $1.7M
The University of California’s governing board has agreed to a $1.7 million settlement that will be paid out over the next decade to an employee who accused the former dean of UC Berkeley’s law school of sexual harassment. Under terms …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2017 2:13 PM
Jury Will Decide if Colorado Resort Operators Were at Fault in Avalanche Death
A Colorado jury will decide if Vail Resorts properly closed an expert ski run where a teenager was killed in an avalanche. District Judge Fred Gannett ruled last week that jurors must decide if signs on the run called Prima …

POSTED APRIL 19, 2017 2:58 PM
Calexit Supporters End 2018 Bid for California Independence
Supporters of a long-shot bid to make California an independent nation have ended their effort to put it to a statewide vote next year, despite the extra interest it drew after last year’s election of Republican Donald Trump as president. …

POSTED APRIL 19, 2017 2:55 PM
California Awards Contractor $275M Contract to Fix Troubled Dam
California water officials say they have awarded a contract to repair Oroville Dam’s two damaged spillways to a Nebraska construction company. The Department of Water Resources announced that Kiewit Corp. of Omaha was awarded a $275 million contract to repair …

POSTED APRIL 19, 2017 2:48 PM
California Company Recalls Vegetarian Snacks over Unlisted Peanuts
A Los Angeles-area company is voluntarily recalling one of its vegetarian snacks because it may contain trace amounts of unlisted peanuts. The firm, Beyond Meat, said in a release that peanuts were detected in some of its Feisty Crumbles snacks …

POSTED APRIL 18, 2017 3:17 PM
Washington Nightclub Claims Racial Prejudice in $22.5M Suit
The city of Vancouver and others successfully conspired to close a nightclub because of racial prejudice, the owners of the club say in a $22.5 million lawsuit. The owners of Q Nightclub and Lounge say efforts by the city and …

POSTED APRIL 18, 2017 3:15 PM
Lifeguard Liability Protections Set for Vote in Hawaii Legislature
Hawaii officials are looking over two bills that would either keep or end liability protection for cities and counties during drowning incidents. Kauai, Maui and Honolulu officials held a news conference this week to urge lawmakers to extend liability protections …

POSTED APRIL 18, 2017 3:12 PM
UC Berkeley Settles Law Dean Sexual Harassment Allegations Lawsuit
A legal settlement has been reached between the University of California, Berkeley, the former dean of its law school, and his former assistant, who said he sexually harassed her. The settlement between the school, former dean Sujit Choudhry and the assistant Tyann …

POSTED APRIL 17, 2017 10:40 PM
Father in Oregon Seeks $5M For Son’s Accidental-Overdose Death
The father of a 2-year-old Oregon boy who died of morphine poisoning seeks $5 million in a lawsuit filed against the boy’s mother, grandmother, aunt and an insurance company. Jesse deVos’ lawsuit alleges the adults failed to ensure a childproof …

POSTED APRIL 17, 2017 10:38 PM
Former Mayor of San Diego Files Suit over Wife’s Ruptured Implants
Former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock is suing the city, claiming a sidewalk fall ruptured his wife’s breast implants. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Hedgecock and his wife contend the city was careless and negligent for failing to repair sidewalk …

POSTED APRIL 17, 2017 10:35 PM
Average to Below-Average Wildfire Season Expected for Colorado
Colorado is in store for an average to slightly below-average wildfire season this year, despite dry conditions and early outbreaks on the eastern plains, officials said. “But the fires will occur,” said Michael Morgan, the director of state Division of …

POSTED APRIL 17, 2017 3:47 PM
Washington Commissioner Fines Insurance Professionals over Violations
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler recently took disciplinary action and issued fines totaling $3,650 against insurance companies, agents and a continuing education provider who violated state insurance regulations. Janet Pack, Tacoma; fined $1,500 Pack reportedly sold an annuity to a …

POSTED APRIL 17, 2017 3:32 PM
Report Shows California Workers’ Comp Written Premium up in 2016
California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has completed its report on statewide workers’ comp insurer loss and premium experience through Dec. 31, 2016. The major findings of the WCIRB report include: California written premium for 2016 was roughly $18.1 billion, …

POSTED APRIL 17, 2017 3:26 PM
Southern California Couple that Charged Police with Racism Arrested For Fraud
A Southern California couple that had filed an official complaint accusing police officers of racism, has been arrested for insurance fraud and filing a false police report. Lamont Goodwin, 33, and Sylvia Camarillo, 31, were arrested last week by California …

POSTED APRIL 17, 2017 3:18 PM
Jury Awards $4.5M in California Group Home Neglect Case
A former resident of a children’s group home in Northern California has been awarded nearly $4.5 million after jurors found he was severely neglected by the home’s caregivers while living at the facility. The Sacramento Bee reports the jurors determined …

POSTED APRIL 13, 2017 4:32 PM
Oregon, Washington Testing Early Quake Warning System
An early warning system for earthquakes has been expanded to Oregon and Washington, joining California in testing a prototype that could give people seconds or up to a minute of warning before strong shaking begins. The system isn’t ready to …

POSTED APRIL 13, 2017 3:41 PM
Brennan Named Account Manager at Cavignac & Associates in California
San Diego, Ca.-based Cavignac & Associates has named Julie Brennan as senior account manager within the agency’s construction practice. Brennan will serve as the main point-of-contact at the agency for both surety and commercial insurance clients. She is charged with …

POSTED APRIL 13, 2017 9:00 AM
California Farmers Get First Full Water Supply in More than a Decade
Farmers in a vast region of California will receive their fully contracted amount of irrigation water this year for the first time in more than a decade. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced the allocation this week following one of …

POSTED APRIL 12, 2017 11:12 PM

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