Articles by Don Jergler

Google Compare and ITC in Online Partnership That Brings Agents into Mix

Google Compare is using a rating system provided by Insurance Technologies Corp., the Carrollton, Texas-based software provider announced Wednesday. In making the announcement ITC’s top executive said it’s a move that will keep agents involved in the online search for auto …

First Major California Insurer to Offer Ridesharing Endorsement

Farmers will become the first large California insurer to start offering a ridesharing insurance product on Thursday. In an announcement made at the Los Angeles office of California Department of Insurance today, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Farmers Group …

Insurance Pros: What Are Your Thoughts on Climate Change?

President Barack Obama and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush declared a war of words within the war on climate change this week. The two diametrically opposed politicians’ verbal clash in the media may be a portentous glimpse at one of …

Vertafore’s Answer to Google Compare for Agents

Some consumers may be agog over Google Compare, but insurance industry vendors like software provider Vertafore have been working to deliver quotes and ratings more quickly and conveniently for years. That’s the message from Dave Bevan, director of product management …

Agent Support, Ratings Added to Expanding Google Compare

The auto insurance comparison website Google Compare is expanding into Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as adding ratings and insurance agent support. That announcement was made on May 5 by Stephanie Cuthbertson, group product manager for Google Compare, at …

California Court Says Staffing Agencies Can’t Self-Insure Workers’ Comp

A California Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s decision to exclude temporary staffing agencies from self-insuring for workers’ compensation, a ruling that upholds one of the provisions in the state’s sweeping workers’ comp reform law passed in 2012. The …

Weather Derivatives Backed By Climate Change Clamor

According to William W. Windle, managing director of Munich Re Trading LLC, business has been brisk lately in the weather derivatives market. There are many reasons for this, and while Windle may wince at any suggestion that the current weather …

Agent Support, Ratings Added to Expanding Google Compare

The auto insurance comparison website Google Compare is expanding into Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as adding ratings and insurance agent support. That announcement was made Tuesday by Stephanie Cuthbertson, group product manager for Google Compare, at Google’s annual …

Farmers Sued by Female Employee Attorney for Alleged Discrimination

A class-action lawsuit against Farmers Insurance on behalf of female attorney employees was filed on Wednesday in federal court, alleging the insurance giant has discriminatory policies and practices. The suit accuses Los Angeles, Calif.-based Farmers of unlawfully paying its female …

Earth Day, Climate Change and Drought

As much of the U.S. and the rest of the planet celebrated Earth Day, California politicos and leaders squabbled over how best to deal with the ongoing drought – which may or may not be caused by climate change, depending …