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Report: Climate Change Could Cause Mass U.S. Migration
Migration to escape sea level rise could radically reshape the U.S. population landscape, and not just in coastal areas, according to a recent study. The author, Mathew Hauer, an applied demographer with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 8:34 PM
United Airlines Settles with Passenger Dragged from Plane
United Airlines said it has reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight on April 9 because he did not want to surrender his seat. Video of the violent incident was viewed …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 7:46 PM
Marsh Reports 5% Revenue Growth in Q1
Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (MMC) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, including 5 percent revenue growth at Marsh and 4 percent at Guy Carpenter, its Risk and Insurance divisions.   “With a strong start to the year, we …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 5:00 PM
7 Texas Auto Dealer Employees Charged with Insurance Scams, Theft
Police in El Paso, Texas, say seven current and former employees of an auto dealership have been arrested for running a series of illegal schemes that included taking vehicles from the lot and stealing tires. Authorities said in a news …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:23 PM
Pipeline Company Investigating 19,000-Gallon Oil Spill in Oklahoma
A Houston-based pipeline company continued cleanup at the site of a nearly 19,000-gallon oil spill in northwest Oklahoma that threatened a local water supply over the weekend. Crews from Plains All American Pipeline were at the site in rural Loyal, …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:19 PM
Former Willis CEO Casserley Joins Warburg Pincus as Investment Advisor
Private equity firm Warburg Pincus said Dominic Casserley has joined the firm as a senior advisor in its Financial Services Group.  Casserley formerly CEO of Willis Group Holdings, will help evaluate new investment opportunities in the financial services sector, including …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 3:18 PM
California Lawmakers Pondering Move to Dump Health Insurers
California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state’s health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer healthcare has long been popular on the left. It’s gaining …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 3:00 PM
Regulators in California Hit PG&E with $8.3M Fine for Deadly Wildfire
Regulators say they have fined Pacific Gas and Electric Co. $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked a massive blaze in Northern California that destroyed 549 homes and killed two people. The California Public Utilities Commission …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 2:55 PM
$11.4M Settlement from California Oxygen Equipment Supplier
A company in California’s Bay Area that sells home oxygen equipment has agreed to pay more than $11 million to settle allegations that it profited from filing false reimbursement claims with the government. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the Justice …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 2:52 PM
Massachusetts Court Sides with Norfolk & Dedham in Personal Injury Suit
The Massachusetts Appeals Court  has upheld a Superior Court decision that defendant, Norfolk & Dedham Mutual Fire Insurance Co., did not engage in unfair settlement practices in its handling of a personal injury claim. The court also reversed the portions …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 2:43 PM
House Committee Expected to Advance Overhaul of Dodd-Frank
A U.S. Congressional banking panel is moving to advance legislation that would overhaul how the government regulates the financial sector, although it faces obstacles towards becoming law. Representative Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, is considering amendments …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 1:43 PM
Fire Guts New York Mill Owned by Cooperstown Baseball Bat Maker
A fire has heavily damaged the upstate New York mill owned by a Cooperstown-based wood baseball bat company. Emergency officials in Otsego County say the fire was reported around 6 p.m. Monday at Cooperstown Bat Co.’s mill in the town …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 1:06 PM
Appeals Court Upholds $250K in Damages Against Pan Am for Injured Maine Employee
A federal appeals court has upheld $250,000 in damages against Pan Am Railways, saying the company illegally retaliated against a Maine employee. The Portland Press Herald reports conductor Jason Raye told his supervisors about a pile of railroad ties next …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 1:01 PM
New York Teen Gets Probation, Psychiatric Care in Friend’s Fire Death
A teenager who has been in and out of the hospital with mental health problems since the death of a friend in a massive fire the boys started was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation. A Family Court judge …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:55 PM
Octo Telematics Offers Insurers Distracted Driving Scoring Feature
Octo Telematics is making available a distracted driving scoring and analysis feature within its suite of telematics products used by its more than 60 auto insurer customers. The scoring feature is available for both in-vehicle and mobile solutions that include Octo …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:49 PM
JPMorgan Not Liable to Madoff Customers, Court Rules
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is not liable to a group of former customers of Bernard Madoff who blamed the bank for being actively involved in his Ponzi scheme and ignoring red flags of fraud, a federal appeals court ruled on …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:37 PM
MGA Pen Underwriting & Markel Partner to Offer UK Equine Cover
Pen Underwriting has formed a new strategic partnership with specialist insurer Markel International to further consolidate Pen’s presence in the UK equestrian market and drive the company’s product innovation in the sector. Markel is an established and leading name in …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 11:05 AM
Willis Updates ‘Unify’ Platform in Response to New Solvency II Challenges
Willis Towers Watson has released an updated version of “Unify,” the systems integration and workflow platform. Unify 2.0 introduces new features in response to the tightening of reporting timescales under Solvency II, which continue to pressure insurers to process vast …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 10:31 AM
Eastern Newfoundland Windstorm Costs Insurers US$32.5M  
A windstorm that hit eastern Newfoundland on March 11, 2017 has resulted in almost C$45 million (US$32.5 million) in insured damage, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), quoting statistics from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Wind gusts of over 180 kilometers per hour (112 …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 10:09 AM
Hamilton Re Announces Management Team Appointments
Hamilton Re, the Bermuda platform of Hamilton Insurance Group, announced the following appointment and senior role changes in its management team: Minesh Shah has joined Hamilton Re in the newly created role of senior vice president, Actuary. Shah reports to Chief Risk Officer Pete …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 9:55 AM
Hackers’ Ransom Demands Rise as Victims Keep Paying: Symantec
Hackers are demanding increasingly hefty ransoms to free computers paralyzed with viruses, as cyber criminals seek to maximize profits from large numbers of victims willing to pay up, according to cyber security firm Symantec Corp. The average demand embedded in such malicious software, which …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 7:35 AM
Political Risk Tops List of Worries for Insurers Across Globe: GS Survey
Political risk is the biggest concern this year for insurers globally, following several shock outcomes in 2016, a survey of insurers managing $10 trillion in assets showed on Thursday. Political events have overtaken issues such as worries about an economic slowdown in …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 7:20 AM
Biohazard Cleanups Not Pretty—and Neither Are the Costs to Insurers
If Peter Duncanson is on the scene, it’s probably not pretty. It could be a CSI-like crime scene with spattered blood and skin fragments on the sofa and wall. Or a trauma scene where an injured employee or animal traipsed …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 5:00 AM
2 Tornadoes Confirmed in Mississippi From Weekend Weather
The National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes hit Mississippi’s northeast corner on Saturday. A survey shows that a twister with top winds of 90 mph (145 kph) struck Prentiss County around 2:35 p.m. The tornado, rated EF-1 on the enhanced …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:28 AM
North Carolina Storms Cause Flood Worries
People in North Carolina were paying attention to rising rivers on Tuesday after storms dumped several inches of rain across much of the state – the worst drenching since a damaging hurricane late last year. The state’s heaviest rainfall since …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:26 AM
Ready-to-Eat Ham Products Made in Tennessee Recalled
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Memphis meat packer has recalled some ready-to-eat ham products due to possible bacterial contamination. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a news release Tuesday that the recall includes ready-to-eat hickory …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:21 AM
Florida House Advances Bill Targeting Claims Abuse, But Senate Battle Looms
A bill aimed at decreasing insurance claims abuse in Florida has made it through the Florida House, and the industry’s hope for assignment of benefits reform now officially rests with the state Senate. The Florida House of Representatives advanced House …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 4:02 AM
Daniels Takes on Marketing Role at Texas-Based ITS
Dallas-based ITS, an insurance consulting and services firm specializing in the design, implementation and utilization of technology to optimize critical business processes and achieve exceptional results, reported it has expanded the responsibilities of Marti Daniels, who already serves as vice president …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:17 AM
Michigan Hospital to Pay $791K in Settlement over Needless Tests
A Detroit-area hospital has agreed to pay $791,000 to settle allegations that it billed for unnecessary lab tests. The case against Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is linked to Dr. Farid Fata. He’s serving a 45-year prison sentence for putting patients …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:16 AM
Railway Sued by Family of South Dakota Man Run over by Train
The family of a BNSF Railway employee killed in an accident in western South Dakota is suing the railroad, alleging it failed to protect him from being hit by a train while he was clearing snow and ice from a …

POSTED APRIL 27, 2017 12:14 AM

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