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2017 Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurers Revealed

Once again, Demotech Inc., the official research partner of Insurance Journal, identified the nation’s Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurers — P/C insurers writing multiple lines of insurance in multiple states. To determine the companies for the 2017 Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurer™ …

Nevada Lawmakers Pushing Blood-Only Detection of Marijuana DUIs

Weighing in on how Nevada should test people for stoned driving, lawmakers advanced a measure to eliminate urine samples as a viable measure for police to show a driver to be impaired by marijuana. Under the bipartisan proposal, law enforcement …

Partial Settlement for Victims of California Balcony Fall

The victims of a balcony collapse in Berkeley, Calif., that killed six college students have reached a settlement with some of the companies they sued in 2015. The settlements are confidential, said lawyers for the families of the students who …

Producer Compliance in California: The Top Three Regulatory Danger Zones

Like Big Brother, California’s Department of Insurance is watching you. Okay, perhaps not literally — and certainly not all of you, but the department definitely has its antennae up when it comes to the business of brokers and agents, particularly …

American Family Disagrees with Jury Finding that Agents Are Employees

A federal jury in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18 determined that thousands of agents with Madison, Wisconsin-based (AmFam) are employees, not independent contractors. The insurer stands by its classification practice and says it will fight the advisory verdict, however. According …

There’s No ‘Typical’ Day at Work for Whirlpool’s Director of Risk Management

How do you incorporate a sustainable and cohesive enterprise risk management system across a company that has nearly 100,000 employees, 70 manufacturing and technology research centers located in 170 countries around the world, and $21 billion in annual sales? It’s …

Illinois’ Cost per Workers’ Comp Claim Trending Down

The average total cost of a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois has dropped by 6.4 percent since 2010, but the state still has relatively high costs per claim, according to a report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The …

Storm-Related Arkansas Crop Losses Estimated at $64.5M

Flooding and severe weather this year have caused an estimated $64.5 million in damage to Arkansas croplands, according to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Some 937,000 acres of cropland have been battered this year in Arkansas. Soybean …

Insurance Industry-Backed Storm Damage Bill Passes Texas House

The passage in the Texas House of a bill limiting liability for property insurance companies sued by policyholders following weather related events has given the insurance industry, which lobbied strongly for the bill, reason to celebrate — at least for …

Florida Fails to Pass Workers’ Compensation Reform

Florida businesses shouldn’t expect relief for workers’ compensation rates, this year at least. The Florida Legislature failed to pass legislation this session addressing 2016 decisions by the Florida Supreme Court that sent the state’s workers’ comp system into disarray and …

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