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Alberto, 2018’s First Named Storm, Heading for Florida, Southeast Coast
Meet Alberto, the first named storm of 2018. The sub-tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is expected to bring heavy rain to western Cuba and much of Florida early next week, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday. Alberto …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:54 PM
Illinois Lawmakers Send Governor Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp
The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp. The House voted 106-3 this week to allow hemp cultivation for commercial use. Hemp is a form of the cannabis plant distinct from marijuana. It does not produce …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:47 PM
Oklahoma Earthquakes Lead to More Injection Well Shut Downs
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division is directing some injection wells in north-central Oklahoma reduce injection volumes and others to stop operations. The directive issued Wednesday comes after the U.S. Geological Survey recently recorded several earthquakes in the …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:46 PM
Michigan Legislators Decide Motorists Need 3-Foot Distance to Pass Bikes
Michigan drivers would have to allow 3 feet of clearance or a “safe passing distance” while going by a bike on the road as part of a legislative compromise that could reach the governor soon. The Senate voted 36-1 this …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:34 PM
Offshore Worker Alleges Bias in Louisiana Lawsuit
An African-American offshore oil worker has filed a federal lawsuit saying he was intimidated on the job by a supervisor who drew a picture of him dangling from a high rig structure while surrounded by co-workers in Ku Klux Klan …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:31 PM
Ohio Homeowner Trying to Kill Weeds Burns Down Garage
Authorities say a Ohio homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage. The Springfield News-Sun reported Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:28 PM
Virginia Governor Northam Vetoes GOP Healthcare Bills
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a handful of GOP-backed bills related to health care. Northam vetoed a bill that would have allowed all groups like the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to pool their members together in a group to …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:15 PM
Southern California Agents Arrested for Fraud
California-based life insurance agents, Samuel Tadlock III, 32, of Eastvale, Marlene Ramirez, 42, of Murrieta, Daniel Herrarte, 34, of Sylmar, and Jorge Lopez Jr., 38, of San Fernando, were arrested this week on multiple felony counts of identity theft and …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 3:12 PM
Fired Oregon Dispatcher Settles Suit for $75,000
The city of Springfield, Ore. has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a 2014 lawsuit by a dispatcher who said she was wrongly fired after accusing officers of inappropriate conduct. The Register-Guard reported that a joint statement from the city …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 2:59 PM
Hawaii, Central Pacific Could See Handful of Hurricanes This Season
The Central Pacific could see anywhere from three to six hurricanes over the next six months, forecasters predicted Wednesday. That would be an increase over the two named storms last year. Storm activity is likely to be normal or a …

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 2:56 PM

Business Insurance - _Risk Management

European insurers, reinsurers lead climate risk disclosure, mitigation
European insurers and reinsurers are leading the way on climate risk disclosure and mitigation while Japanese insurers are improving their performance and U.S. insurers continue to lag behind, according to a new report.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 1:04 PM
Motel owner not covered in sex trafficking case


POSTED MAY 25, 2018 1:00 PM
Property/casualty sector sees first-quarter gains: Morgan Stanley
A survey of property/casualty insurers, reinsurers and brokers showed strong 2018 first-quarter organic growth and investment income, although some players may seek mergers due to smaller-than-expected increases.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 12:51 PM
Liberty Mutual off hook for pipe maker’s mitigation costs after fire
About $14 million in mitigation costs incurred by a pipe manufacturing company when it had to shift production to India after a fire were extra expenses, whose policy limits were already exhausted under its Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company coverage, says a federal appeals court, in upholding a lower court ruling.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 12:09 PM
Jury awards Apple $539M in Samsung patent retrial
(Reuters) — After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. should pay $539 million to Apple Inc. for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 11:11 AM
Marine insurance blockchain platform launches
Insurwave, a blockchain platform developed by a collaboration of insurance and technology players, is helping to manage marine hull risk and insurance.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 10:49 AM
Bill would force tech firms to disclose foreign software probes
(Reuters) — U.S. tech companies would be forced to disclose if they allowed American adversaries, like Russia and China, to examine the inner workings of software sold to the U.S. military under proposed legislation, Senate staff told Reuters on Thursday.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 10:22 AM
The BI Top 10
This week’s most popular stories include executive moves at Willis Towers Watson, Marsh and Zurich North America, the NAIC negotiating mandate, blockchain and more.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 7:40 AM
Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: NTSB
(Reuters) — Uber Technologies Inc. had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

POSTED MAY 24, 2018 5:18 PM
Trump signs regulatory bill including insurance provisions
President Donald Trump signed a major financial regulatory package that includes a requirement that federal officials engaging in international insurance negotiations consult with state insurance regulators.

POSTED MAY 24, 2018 5:04 PM

Business Insurance

European insurers, reinsurers lead climate risk disclosure, mitigation
European insurers and reinsurers are leading the way on climate risk disclosure and mitigation while Japanese insurers are improving their performance and U.S. insurers continue to lag behind, according to a new report.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 1:04 PM
Motel owner not covered in sex trafficking case


POSTED MAY 25, 2018 1:00 PM
Property/casualty sector sees first-quarter gains: Morgan Stanley
A survey of property/casualty insurers, reinsurers and brokers showed strong 2018 first-quarter organic growth and investment income, although some players may seek mergers due to smaller-than-expected increases.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 12:51 PM
Liberty Mutual off hook for pipe maker’s mitigation costs after fire
About $14 million in mitigation costs incurred by a pipe manufacturing company when it had to shift production to India after a fire were extra expenses, whose policy limits were already exhausted under its Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company coverage, says a federal appeals court, in upholding a lower court ruling.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 12:09 PM
Return on investment helps justify return-to-work programs
A bar graph should be all a company needs to see that a return-to-work program for injured workers is the best way to reduce workers compensation spend, says a group of experts.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 11:47 AM
Jury awards Apple $539M in Samsung patent retrial
(Reuters) — After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. should pay $539 million to Apple Inc. for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 11:11 AM
Marine insurance blockchain platform launches
Insurwave, a blockchain platform developed by a collaboration of insurance and technology players, is helping to manage marine hull risk and insurance.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 10:49 AM
Comp-cheating bartender’s Facebook post fails to serve her well
Facebook, the place where everybody knows your name, including fraud investigators apparently, helped catch an Ohio bartender in the act of workers compensation fraud.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 10:36 AM
Bill would force tech firms to disclose foreign software probes
(Reuters) — U.S. tech companies would be forced to disclose if they allowed American adversaries, like Russia and China, to examine the inner workings of software sold to the U.S. military under proposed legislation, Senate staff told Reuters on Thursday.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 10:22 AM

Business Insurance - _Workers Comp

Return on investment helps justify return-to-work programs
A bar graph should be all a company needs to see that a return-to-work program for injured workers is the best way to reduce workers compensation spend, says a group of experts.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 11:47 AM
Comp-cheating bartender’s Facebook post fails to serve her well
Facebook, the place where everybody knows your name, including fraud investigators apparently, helped catch an Ohio bartender in the act of workers compensation fraud.

POSTED MAY 25, 2018 10:36 AM
Ohio workers comp rebates approved


POSTED MAY 24, 2018 11:30 AM
Claims adjusters, data patterns unveil workers comp fraud
Fraud involving medical providers and pharmacies is a fast-growing segment of insurance criminal activity that costs insurers and employers billions annually. And who often catches on to it first? Claims adjusters.

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 12:27 PM
Medical advances improve injury survival but increase costs
Loss of limbs and major burns that used to kill people in workplace incidents are doing so less and less thanks to pricey medical advances.

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 6:28 AM
Skepticism abounds on proposed OSHA rules under Trump administration
Potential standards to prevent workplace violence in the health care sector and improve emergency response and preparedness are back on the radar, but for how long?

POSTED MAY 23, 2018 6:21 AM
Law judge affirms citation against plumbing company, reduces penalty
An administrative law judge of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission affirmed a serious citation issued against a plumbing company for exposing employees to fall hazards, but lowered the assessed penalty.

POSTED MAY 22, 2018 10:28 AM
Chemical-plant explosions continue as EPA pursues weaker safety rules
A proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency would gut an effort to improve the safety of chemical facilities even as incidents at these facilities continue to occur.

POSTED MAY 22, 2018 6:54 AM

Progressive Agent Articles - Insurance Basics

Auto Insurance Made Easy
Understanding insurance can often be like trying to learn a foreign language. Many find it confusing and intimidating. Fortunately, there's help. Here is a quick reference designed to help you understand some of the most common kinds of coverages. The reference was put together by The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies.

POSTED JANUARY 14, 2009 1:00 PM
Fact or Fiction: Uncovering Auto Insurance Myths
Like a teenager eager to try a new video game, playing before reading the rules, many drivers buy insurance without really understanding what they're buying. In the rush to feel “covered,” they can skip the details. That can lead to frustration. Following are five insurance myths heard by some of the more than 13,000 claims people at Progressive, one of the country’s largest auto insurance companies.

POSTED FEBRUARY 12, 2009 1:00 PM
Putting Insurance Companies to Work for You
Car insurance may be one of the last things that comes to mind when you think about saving time, but the insurance company you choose can actually have a big impact on your time should trouble strike.

POSTED MAY 06, 2009 1:00 PM
Car Insurance Myths Debunked
Do red cars really cost more to insure? Is Comprehensive coverage really comprehensive? Should you and your neighbor be paying the same amount for car insurance? Leading car insurer Progressive debunks a few of the more widely held myths.

POSTED AUGUST 27, 2009 1:00 PM
Six Steps To Take If You're In An Accident
Car accidents can wreak havoc on an otherwise peaceful day. Even if they’re minor, they can often create confusion. You might ask yourself, how should I react? What should I do? Leading car insurer Progressive offers these simple steps to follow after an accident.

POSTED NOVEMBER 05, 2009 1:00 PM
Used Car Buying Tips
Before you buy a used vehicle, here are a few tips from leading car insurer Progressive to make sure you're getting your money's worth.

POSTED JANUARY 04, 2010 1:00 PM
Cutting New-Car Costs
To help consumers control car costs—from sticker price to insurance premiums—The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies offers these tips.

POSTED MARCH 15, 2010 1:00 PM
Four Questions To Get The Right Auto Insurance
Having the right type of policy can help ensure that you, your employees and your business are all protected in the unfortunate event that one of your vehicles is involved in an accident.

POSTED MAY 17, 2010 1:00 PM
Take Action to Avoid Driving Distractions
It may seem harmless to answer a quick call, grab a bite to eat or let your dog ride in your lap when you're behind the wheel. But in 2008, accidents caused by distracted drivers injured about 515,000 people. It takes two hands, a sharp eye, and your full attention to safely drive your car. Anything that keeps you from doing so means you're driving while distracted, or "DWD."

POSTED OCTOBER 10, 2010 1:00 PM
Smart Tips for Insurance Shoppers
When buying a car, there's more to consider than the make and model. Price, size, gas mileage—even the way it feels behind the wheel—affect your decision. You also should weigh your options when buying auto insurance. With many brands and features and price ranges out there, it pays to do your homework.

POSTED JANUARY 31, 2011

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