August 20, 2018

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:26:15 +0000
Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India’s Kerala state, as authorities rushed to bring drinking water to the most affected areas, officials said Sunday. At least …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:44:43 +0000
Steamship Mutual P&I Club announced the Hong Kong Insurance Authority has formally authorized the Club to establish a branch in Hong Kong from Aug. 17, 2018. Steamship Mutual said it is the first P&I Club to gain authorization from the …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:16:48 +0000
ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co. Ltd., the first internet-only insurer in China, announced its subsidiary ZhongAn International will receive a strategic investment from SoftBank Vision Fund, which will support the growth of ZhongAn’s technology solutio...
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:10:25 +0000
With Brexit talks back from the summer holidays, it’s worth considering one way in which failure to reach a deal before the U.K.’s departure in March would also be bad for the European Union. Such an outcome would unsettle the …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:41:18 +0000
Chubb announced the establishment of a Major Accounts Division in the Asia Pacific region, a dedicated premium service that encompasses underwriting, risk engineering and claims for the region’s large, global and multi-national clients and business par...
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:28:26 +0000
An Overland Park, Kansas, official admits he was mistaken about who paid for a $132,000 sculpture at the city’s community center that was damaged by a young boy. City spokesman Sean Reilly said in July that the insurance company for …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:18:17 +0000
The parents of a Louisiana State University freshman who died of alcohol intoxication last year after an alleged fraternity hazing filed a federal lawsuit against the university board, the fraternity and several of the fraternity’s members. Stephen and...
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:53:04 +0000
Enrollment in courses eligible for the Kansas Insurance Certificate Program at several Kansas higher learning institutions is rising, according to the state insurance department. The department says around 500 students have enrolled in the certificate ...
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:45:16 +0000
Through a program to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful health hazards encountered by firefighters during their daily work activities, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will distribute $1.1 million in safety grants to ...
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:07:14 +0000
So-called tort reform has been an easy sell in states controlled by Republicans, and backers of a lawsuit-limiting proposal on the ballot in Arkansas this fall expected little trouble winning passage until they ran into a surprising obstacle from a …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:02:59 +0000
A Texas jury awarded damages of $242 million to a Dallas family after finding that defects in the family’s Lexus sedan caused injuries to their two children during a rear-end collision, the law firm representing the plaintiffs said on Friday. …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:00:56 +0000
The epidemic of physician burnout may be the source of even more medical errors than unsafe medical workplace conditions, a new study led by Stanford researchers has found. Physician burnout is at least equally responsible for medical errors as unsafe …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:00:41 +0000
What is the best part about working in insurance? For a group of millennials speaking with Insurance Journal at a July roundtable, the answer was simple. “The people,” roundtable participants agreed. At the same event, when asked about one challenge …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:00:19 +0000
A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately implement an Obama-era chemical safety rule introduced in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people. The D.C. Circuit Court ruling …
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 04:44:43 +0000
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging those in Alabama to purchase flood insurance. Though flooding is Alabama’s second-most common natural hazard, occurring on average every 12 days, FEMA says only a small percentage of people ...
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 04:20:24 +0000
Authorities say 12 people have been hospitalized, including three who were seriously injured, after a tent collapsed at a bank’s shareholders’ event. WBMA-TV says about 400 people were under the tent Thursday night when it came crashing down, some duck...
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 04:06:55 +0000
Cabrillo Coastal General Insurance Agency, headquartered in Gainesville, Fla., is now offering a flood endorsement for new or existing homeowners policies for their admitted programs in Florida. Cabrillo’s flood product was built from a different ratin...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:59:48 +0000
Louisiana’s first legal crop of medical marijuana can be planted this week. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, whose agency regulates the burgeoning industry, loosened a regulatory logjam that created a months-long delay. The Monroe News-Star report...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:57:01 +0000
Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has released an updated Wildfire Model for the United States designed to provide a comprehensive view of the risk of wildfire to property within the 13 westernmost conterminous states. The event-based ...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:46:35 +0000
A lawsuit filed against a North Carolina school system and its board of education says an elementary school in need of repairs was discriminated against because of race. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the lawsuit, filed Monday against the Winston-Sa...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:38:45 +0000
Appleton, Wis.-based SECURA Insurance has added Lisa Switzer as market manager for Kentucky. Switzer brings 28 years of experience in the insurance industry to her new role with a diverse mix of commercial, personal, and specialty lines roles. She was …
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:36:26 +0000
The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) is set to launch its annual “hurricane tour” aimed at reminding coastal residents to be ready in case a hurricane or tropical storm should make landfall this year. Beginning on Aug. 20, ICT’s Mark …
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:12:18 +0000
Michael York II has been named chief underwriting officer for Madison, Wisconsin-based CM Vantage Specialty Insurance Co., reporting to President Alan Ogilvie. York will oversee CM Vantage’s underwriting operations and work closely with CM Vantage’s di...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:07:39 +0000
A Minnesota family sickened by eating pasta salad contaminated with salmonella is suing the Iowa-based grocery store chain that distributed the food. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Hy-Vee Inc. The suit alleges a woman, her daughter and her grand...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:06:08 +0000
A jury has awarded Missouri prison guards compensation for work they performed before and after their shifts. A Cole County jury on Aug. 14 awarded $113.7 million to 13,000 current corrections officers or those who worked at the Department of …
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:04:01 +0000
There were signs that a natural gas well was not fully sealed before it exploded in January, killing five workers, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in an updated report on the accident on Thursday. The incident, which took place …
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:45:06 +0000
A woman has filed a lawsuit against Bellevue College claiming the school, and by extension Washington state, fostered a hostile work environment by failing to protect her from a former dean. SeattlePI.com reported the woman’s attorney Julie Kays filed ...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:40:52 +0000
Hawaii will allow ridesharing services to operate at the Honolulu airport on a permanent basis after changes were approved to administration rules. Uber and Lyft, which the state refers to as transportation network companies, have operated at the Danie...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:31:58 +0000
A study from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute shows the likelihood that indemnity was paid on a workers’ comp claim increased with the number of concurrent prescriptions the injured worker was on. Concurrent use of multiple medications to...
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:53:51 +0000
The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers has acquired majority ownership in Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance Agency of Novato, Calif. Liberty will become majority owner joining with several former shareholders of Mitchell & Mitchell, including Gary Mitchell ...