» Royal Caribbean Cruises Faces Potential Liability for New Zealand Volcano Deaths
12/12/19 18:22 from Insurance Journal
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s potential liability for a deadly excursion to a volcanic island in New Zealand could hinge on whether the eruption was an unforeseeable “act of God,” according to maritime lawyers. Cruise ship passengers were among the tourists …

» Topa Insurance Chief Donahue Resigns; Day Assumes Interim Role
12/12/19 16:24 from Insurance Journal
Topa Insurance Group President and CEO John Donahue has announced his resignation from Topa Insurance Group at the end of this year. Donahue relocated to Southern California nearly six years ago for the leading role, and his decision to resign …

» Judge Orders South Carolina Authorities to Protect Farmer’s Seized Hemp Crop
12/12/19 11:57 from Insurance Journal
A judge is allowing a South Carolina hemp farmer arrested after authorities said he grew the crop in unregistered fields to harvest some of his crop and put the money in a trust as he awaits trial. The State Law …

» Utah Woman Sues Mississippi Fair Over Super Slide Injury
12/12/19 11:37 from Insurance Journal
A Utah woman sued Mississippi’s Fair Commission for negligence and emotional anguish, saying she went airborne on a 40-foot (12-meter) super slide and injured her back. Lindsay Casperson of Kaysville, Utah, filed the lawsuit against the State Fair Commission and …

» 10 Former NFL Players Charged in Alleged Health Insurance Fraud Scam
12/12/19 11:24 from Insurance Journal
Ten former National Football League (NFL) players have been charged for their alleged roles in a nationwide fraud on a health care benefit program for retired NFL players, the Department of Justice said. The alleged fraud targeted the NFL Player …

» Supreme Court Lets Stand American Family Ruling Agents Are Independent Contractors
12/12/19 10:40 from Insurance Journal
The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal brought by insurance agents of American Family Insurance Co. who have claimed they were wrongly classified as independent contractors and denied benefits. The high court’s decision to not review …

» Special Report: America’s Best Independent Insurance Agencies to Work For
12/12/19 09:55 from Insurance Journal
The votes have been tallied and the results are in for the 2019 Best Independent Insurance Agency to Work For survey by Insurance Journal. The winners have been chosen by employees. Employees of the Best Agencies to Work For in …

» IPO for Ping An’s OneConnect Cut in Half
12/12/19 08:46 from Insurance Journal
China-based cloud fintech platform OneConnect Financial Technology Co. cut its planned U.S. initial public offering set for Thursday by almost half. The company, one of several Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. businesses backed by SoftBank Group Corp., said in a …

» AXA XL Adds Novoa, Delaney to Environmental Insurance Team in New York
12/12/19 08:42 from Insurance Journal
AXA XL has welcomed Senior Underwriters Odette Novoa and Erica Delaney to its Environmental insurance team in New York. Both have joined AXA XL’s Northeast regional environmental underwriting team and report to Hiral Shah, head of Environmental for the East …

» McDonald’s Has Friends in High Places in High-Stakes Labor Fight
12/12/19 08:33 from Insurance Journal
In a television commercial that’s become part of the lore surrounding Donald Trump’s affinity for McDonald’s Corp., he embraced a purple, lumpy denizen of the fast-food chain’s “McDonaldland” and said, “Together, Grimace, we could own this town.” He was talking …

» Workers’ Comp Provider Omaha National Expands Coverage to New Jersey
12/12/19 08:18 from Insurance Journal
Omaha National, an Omaha, Nebraska-headquartered workers’ compensation insurance and payroll services provider serving small and midsize employers, has announced it is expanding coverage to New Jersey. New Jersey is the eighth state in which Omaha National offers coverage, following news …

» What’s At Stake for Britain’s Economy as Voters Go to Polls Today?
12/12/19 08:03 from Insurance Journal
The two main parties in Britain’s election on Thursday offer contrasting plans on spending, tax, the role of the state, trade unions and Brexit. Below is a summary of the main economic policies of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party …

» North Korean Hackers Found Partnering With Eastern European Cyber Criminals
12/12/19 07:52 from Insurance Journal
North Korean state-backed hackers appear to be cooperating with Eastern European cybercriminals, a report said on Wednesday, a finding that suggests digital gangsters and state-backed spies are finding common ground online. Mountain View, California-based SentinelOne says that the Lazarus Group …

» Bronze 2019 Best Agency to Work For – East: Chalmers Insurance Group
12/12/19 07:50 from Insurance Journal
Steven Cote initially entered the insurance business because of a neighbor, and now as president of Chalmers Insurance Group, he aims to ensure the agency always gives back to its neighboring communities. “Understanding the hard work, collaboration and innovative spirit …

» Court Rules Events After Email Instruction Don’t Erase Claim for Phishing Loss
12/12/19 07:26 from Insurance Journal
A $1.7 million email phishing fraud that included phone calls with a fake lawyer and an intervention by a Wells Fargo fraud investigator is still a fraud and Ironshore Indemnity is liable for the claim, a split panel with the …

» Iowa health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange
12/12/19 02:21 from healthinsurance.org
Medica and Wellmark are selling plans statewide in Iowa's exchange for 2020, and average premiums decreased for the second year in a row. But Iowa also allows Farm Bureau/Wellmark to sell unregulated medically underwritten plans outside the exchange, which results in fewer healthy people in the ACA-compliant risk pool.

» Louisiana’s Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Adds Lege, Moore
12/12/19 00:54 from Insurance Journal
Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Co., based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has hired Brandon Lege as director of Loss Prevention and John Moore as a production underwriter. Lege was formerly the safety and training manager for Texas Petroleum Investment Co. in Lafayette …

» Michigan Poultry Ranch to Pay $93K to Settle Federal Harassment, Retaliation Suit
12/12/19 00:53 from Insurance Journal
A Saranac, Michigan egg producer will pay $93,000 and provide other relief to settle a federal disability harassment and retaliation lawsuit, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC had charged that Herbruck Poultry Ranch Inc. violated …

» Bronze 2019 Best Agency to Work For – South Central: The Nitsche Group
12/12/19 00:24 from Insurance Journal
An Atmosphere of Caring The employees at the Central Texas-based independent insurance agency, The Nitsche Group, can’t seem to say enough about how proud they are of the great service the agency provides to its customers. Responding to Insurance Journal’s …

» Bronze 2019 Best Agency to Work For – Midwest: DSP
12/12/19 00:17 from Insurance Journal
Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit One of five core values that guide the operations of DSP Insurance Services in Schaumburg, Ill., states: “We will respect and support all employees.” The agency also pledges that it will “treat our employees as our …

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