Articles by Don Jergler

Alliant Handed Victory over Aon in 1 of 3 ‘Poaching’ Suits

A jury in Fresno, Calif. has ruled against Aon Corp. in yet another poaching lawsuit that involves the U.K. brokerage and rival Alliant Insurance Services. The jury rejected every claim by Aon levied against Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alliant and 10 …

What Could be Hotter than Phoenix? The Answer Might Just Be Phoenix

Can you imagine an even hotter, drier Phoenix? Certainly not if you’ve been to the sun-drenched Arizona capital in the summer. Such an inconceivable scenario is being proposed by the LA Times. “Today, Phoenix is a horizon of asphalt, air …

Flintstones vs. Jetsons, a Broker Success Story, and How Agencies Can Survive Insuretech

“If we survive the next five to 10 years and improve the way we do things, we can be well-positioned into the future.” James Keating, founder, chairman and CEO of The Keating Group, offered those positive words amid the din …

Aon Gains Upper Hand in Non-Compete and Poaching Lawsuit vs. Alliant

A legal battle between two insurance brokerages over whether a former employee violated non-compete agreements and poached numerous employees is not over yet but the brokerage bringing the charges has scored key early victories. The lawsuit brought by U.K.-based Aon …

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Could Pave Way for Self-Driving Cars, Smart Roads

What does the Trump Administration have in store for the development of autonomous vehicles and smart roads? With the administration’s ambitious infrastructure plan still far from finalized, Hilary Rowen, a partner in the San Francisco office of Sedgwick LLP, whose …

Insurance Charity Benefits Make-A-Wish, Honors Wells Chief

In a room packed with insurance industry professionals, an undeniable air of gratitude hung over those who were doing the giving. Speaker after speaker came up and talked to the audience at a charity event about how grateful they were …

It Could Be Trump or the Weather, But More People Think Climate Change Is Real

You can blame it on the weather, or you can blame it on Trump. A record number of Americans are concerned about global warming, believe it is occurring and consider it a serious threat that is caused by human activity. …

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Could Pave Way for Self-Driving Cars, Smart Roads

What does the Trump Administration have in store for the development of autonomous vehicles and smart roads? With the administration’s ambitious infrastructure plan still far from finalized, Hilary Rowen, a partner in the San Francisco office of Sedgwick LLP, whose …

Humans to Blame for More Than 80% of U.S. Wildfires

Humans have been the culprits behind hundreds of thousands of wildfires in recent decades, and they will probably make things a whole lot worse in coming years. Research from the University of Colorado Boulder finds that humans have dramatically increased …

PURE COO on Mutual Growth, Home and Auto

Martin Hartley, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PURE Group of Insurance Cos., sees ample growth opportunities for mutual carriers despite a soft market. Some of those opportunities are in the form of increasing and measuring customer satisfaction, …