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Kids’ Car Seats, Ridesharing Popularity Prompt Focus on Back Seat Safety

Crash-test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back. Regulators are making the move as part of a new emphasis on the safety of back-seat passengers, …

Hulk Hogan Privacy Suit Enjoys Litigation Financing from Tech Billionaire Thiel

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is helping wrestler Hulk Hogan bankroll his lawsuit against Gawker Media, according to a report in Forbes. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, in March won a $140 million jury verdict against Gawker in a …

Are Ridesharing Drivers Safer Than Average American Drivers?

Ridesharing drivers are safer drivers than the average American behind the wheel, according to research by Boston-based Aite Group. The researchers, using driving analytics data, conclude that average consumers are safer catching an Uber or a Lyft or entrusting their kids …

Global Risk Partners Completes Acquisition of LONMAR

Global Risk Partners Ltd., the insurance broking and managing general agency (MGA) investment vehicle, has completed its backing of the management buyout of LONMAR Global Risks, the London-based specialist Lloyd’s broker. Originally announced last month, the transaction was subject to regulatory …

Dutch Insurer NN Group Plans to Buy Back Shares Worth $559 Million

NN Group NV, the second-biggest Dutch insurer, said it will buy back as much as 500 million euros ($559 million) of shares over the 12 months from June as it returns excess capital to investors. First-quarter operating profit was little …

Long Named Marketform’s Claims Director, Moving from XL Catlin

Marketform, the specialist Lloyd’s insurer, announce it has appointed Sharon Long to its executive team as claims director. Long’s appointment further strengthens the new leadership team that is driving the transformation of Marketform, the company said in a statement. Long …

Swiss Re’s List of Emerging Risks Range from Blockchain Tech to Human Cyborgs

A fragmented Internet, continued experimentation with monetary policy and another round of economic crises in emerging markets top Swiss Re’s latest roundup of emerging risks to watch out for. Beyond those top three, the reinsurance giant covers everything from human-induced …

PartnerRe Reshapes $16B Investment Portfolio Under Elkann/EXOR’s Leadership

PartnerRe exited junk bonds and shifted funds into property as the reinsurer reshaped a $16 billion investment portfolio after being acquired by John Elkann’s EXOR SpA. EXOR’s approach is to focus on holdings that “we know and understand very well,” …

Pennsylvania Advises Insurers on Arson, Insurance Fraud Reporting Rules

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department recently issued a notice to advise and remind insurers of their obligations under the state’s law in the reporting of suspected arson and insurance fraud. The department also said in its notice, “Arson and Insurance Fraud …

ESIS Launches Healthcare Industry Risk Management Practice

ESIS, Inc., Chubb’s risk management services division, has launched a new industry practice dedicated to serving the claims and risk management needs of healthcare organizations and life sciences firms. The ESIS Healthcare Industry Practice includes a full range of claims …

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