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Judge Denies Another Trump Bid to Block Fraud Lawsuit Against University
Andrew G. Simpson - August 31, 2016, 6:00 am
Donald J. Trump and his now-defunct real-estate university lost another legal attempt to block former students from suing as a group in a California case accusing the Republican presidential candidate of fraud. Trump University is accused of cheating students by persuading them …
Cellcontrol and Ohio Mutual Form Partnership to Tackle Distracted Driving
Amy O' Connor - August 31, 2016, 5:01 am
Cellcontrol and Ohio Mutual Insurance Group have formed a new strategic partnership targeting distracted driving on the nation’s roadways. In response to the unprecedented rise in auto accidents in the U.S., Ohio Mutual is joining forces with Cellcontrol work with …
Monsanto Whistleblower Gets $22 Million
Andrew G. Simpson - August 31, 2016, 5:00 am
A former Monsanto Co. executive who tipped the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to accounting improprieties involving the company’s top-selling Roundup product has been awarded more than $22 million from the agency’s whistleblower program, the executive’s lawyer said on Tuesday. …
Homes Evacuated, 7 Workers Treated After Chemical Interaction at North Carolina Plant
Amy O' Connor - August 31, 2016, 4:44 am
Authorities in North Carolina say seven workers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution after cleaning chemicals interacted at a meat packing plant in the community of Tar Heel south …
ARH Hospitals in Kentucky, West Virginia, Hit by Computer Virus
Amy O' Connor - August 31, 2016, 4:12 am
Federal authorities are investigating after a computer virus infected all electronic services of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system in Kentucky and West Virginia. The system is dealing with technical complications, said ARH spokeswoman Melissa Cornett in a statement released Saturday. …
More Than 1K Bee Hives Stolen From Florida Bee Farmers
Amy O' Connor - August 31, 2016, 3:50 am
Southwest Florida bee farmers are having a difficult summer because thieves have been stealing their hives, lots of them, to the tune of $150,000 or more. So far, none of the hundreds of stolen hives have been recovered, law enforcement …
Ohio Mutual Offering Distracted Driving Prevention Device to Policyholders
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 11:49 pm
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group plans to offer its policyholders distracted driving technology from Cellcontrol to help reduce distracted driving claims. Cellcontrol is a combination hardware device and software. A toll booth like reader, called DriveID, is affixed to the inside …
Bus Driver in Fatal Louisiana Wreck Previously Cited for Lack of License
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 11:35 pm
Louisiana State Police say a bus driver accused of killing two people in a five-vehicle wreck on Sunday had been ticketed Aug. 5 for driving without a license. Trooper Melissa Matey says 37-year-old Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez of Honduras was …
Group Asks Arkansas Court Asked to Block Measure on Medical Lawsuit Caps
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 11:33 pm
A group opposed to a ballot proposal that would place limits on damages in medical lawsuits asked Arkansas’ highest court to block voting on the proposed constitutional amendment in November. Fairness for Arkansans, a group that was formed by the …
Iowa Agency Proposes Fine for Theme Park over Safety Issue
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 11:32 pm
An Iowa agency has proposed fining Adventureland park after an investigation prompted by the June death of a worker at the theme park. Officials have said Steve Booher was fatally injured June 7 when the Raging River ride started unexpectedly …
Nearly 60K New Orleans Homes Moving Out of High-Risk Flood Zone: CoreLogic
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 11:28 pm
New data analysis released by CoreLogic indicates that in Louisiana’s Orleans Parish, which encompasses the city of New Orleans, nearly 60,000 homes with a reconstruction cost value of more than $12 billion will no longer be located in a designated …
Dill Joins Higginbotham as Commercial Broker in Houston
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 11:22 pm
Insurance and financial services firm, Higginbotham, has hired commercial property/casualty insurance broker Ryan B. Dill as associate at its Houston practice. Dill joins Higginbotham’s 110 local insurance, risk management and employee benefit professionals after six years in business development with …
10 Insurance News Reports from 10 Years Ago
Andrew G. Simpson - August 30, 2016, 6:00 pm
In August, 2006…. Blackberries, Palms and Nokias were out there but smartphones were not the ubiquitous device they are today; it would be 10 months before the iPhone would burst on the scene. How else did the world, specifically the …
Allianz Launches Inland Marine Cargo Insurance Product
Amy O' Connor - August 30, 2016, 4:40 pm
Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has launched Transportation Block 2020, a fully integrated and comprehensive inland marine cargo insurance product, complete with risk management services. Specifically, it features new cover for a range of …
Lubbock, Texas Settles Federal Police Hiring Discrimination Lawsuit
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 4:39 pm
A West Texas city has settled a 2015 federal lawsuit that alleged police discriminated against Hispanics and women in hiring entry-level officers. Lubbock agreed to pay affected individuals to settle the Department of Justice lawsuit. The city, in the voluntary …
Opposing Sides File Briefs in Challenge to Oklahoma’s Work Comp Opt-Out
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 3:51 pm
The constitutionality of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation alternative, the Oklahoma Option, which was established in the 2013 overhaul of the state’s workers’ comp system, is currently being challenged in an appeal to the state Supreme Court. The Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit …
Milwaukee Brewers Sued by Woman Hit by Baseball
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 3:39 pm
A New Jersey woman who was hit by a baseball during batting practice before a Milwaukee Brewers game in 2014 has now sued the team. Dana Morelli, 47, of Glendora, New Jersey, claims in her lawsuit that the Brewers and …
2 Dead, 36 Hurt in Louisiana After Bus Hits Fire Truck, Other Vehicles
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 3:34 pm
Louisiana State Police say a Honduran man who had entered the United States illegally was driving a bus carrying flood recovery workers that hit a firetruck on a highway, killing two people and injuring dozens. Trooper Melissa Matey says the …
O’Donnell Promoted to Senior VP, Risk Practices at Hylant
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 3:20 pm
Toledo, Ohio-based insurance broker, Hylant, promoted Kevin O’Donnell to senior vice president, Risk Practices. O’Donnell will lead the property, marine, global risk, casualty, environmental, executive risk, aviation, property risk control, surety and claims risk practice areas. He will work closely …
Dakota Access Pipeline Worker Killed in Accident, Official Says
Stephanie K. Jones - August 30, 2016, 3:19 pm
A man working on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline was killed in an apparent accident in western North Dakota, a state regulator said. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk said the man, whose name has not been released, …
Woman High on Drugs and Driving on Rim and Sparked California Wildfires
admin - August 30, 2016, 3:05 pm
Fire officials in southern California say a car driven by a woman high on drugs has sparked several wildfires that so far have burned 450 acres and prompted evacuations. Authorities say Renee Hogan was arrested Sunday. The California Highway Patrol …
Brexit Vote Prompts Inquiries from Insurers Weighing Opening Offices in Dublin
L.S. Howard - August 30, 2016, 2:55 pm
Ireland says the Brexit vote has led to a jump in inquiries from London firms considering opening offices in Dublin, one of a handful of European cities trying to draw business away from Britain’s financial center. Irish officials say they …
Restaurant Programs of America Taps Enos as VP of Sales in California
admin - August 30, 2016, 2:50 pm
Restaurant Programs of America LLC has named Peter M. Enos vice president of sales in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Enos has for 25 years provided risk management solutions to clients in a variety of specialties including restaurants, hospitality, health …
Low Interest Rates Pose Unknown Risks for European Insurers: CEO of Gjensidige
L.S. Howard - August 30, 2016, 2:21 pm
Cheap money could have unknown consequences for Europe, according to the chief executive officer of Gjensidige Forsikring ASA, Norway’s largest listed insurer. “It’s a sign of sickness for the economies in Europe when rates are this low,”  Helge Leiro Baastad, …
Hospital Surgery Rates for Workers’ Compensation Vary Widely
admin - August 30, 2016, 2:07 pm
Hospital rates for outpatient surgery paid by workers’ compensation vary significantly across states with states with fixed fee schedules having lower surgery costs for injured workers. Workers compensation costs for injured worker surgery also vary a great deal from Medicare …
How Public Universities Are Transferring Risks to Private Sector
Andrew G. Simpson - August 30, 2016, 12:40 pm
U.S. public universities are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships to develop student housing and other campus projects, sometimes using the structure to transfer borrowing and liability risks to the private sector. Over the last five years, there has been an …
Governor Cuomo Reviewing Bill to Establish Fines for New York Airbnb Users
Elizabeth Blosfield - August 30, 2016, 12:29 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo must soon decide whether to authorize hefty fines for many people who offer to rent out their New York City apartments on Airbnb. Meanwhile, the online booking service said it’s policing its website to remove …
UK’s Aviva to Hire JPMorgan’s Singh to Head Global M&A, Source Says
L.S. Howard - August 30, 2016, 11:28 am
Aviva Plc hired Chetan Singh, a managing director at JPMorgan Chase & Co., to head its mergers and acquisitions globally as the British insurer scouts for deals outside its home market. Singh, who led dealmaking for financial institutions in Southeast …
Tokio Marine in Talks to Acquire RHB’s Non-Life Insurance Unit: Sources
L.S. Howard - August 30, 2016, 9:57 am
Tokio Marine Holdings Inc, is in exclusive talks to buy RHB Bank’s general insurance unit in a deal that also includes an agreement to distribute the Japanese insurer’s products through the Malaysian lender, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. …
Asian Regulatory Changes Could Hike Demand for Local Reinsurance: Fitch
L.S. Howard - August 30, 2016, 9:52 am
Various regulatory initiatives in Asian markets could lead to greater demand for local reinsurance capacity as direct insurers rethink risk management strategies and appetite, according to a report published by Fitch Ratings. “Asian regulators have implemented – or are in …

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