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Vantage Agora Launches Loss Analysis Tool for Brokers/Wholesalers

Insurance process provider Vantage Agora has released a new loss-analysis web application that gives insurance brokers, program managers and managing general agents the ability to view and analyze consolidated data on claims losses for clients and prospects. The application is …

Uber Launches Safety Effort As Security Issues Mount

Ride-sharing company Uber said it has formed response teams to address safety issues across the world, amid increasing concerns about the security of its passengers and drivers. The company, whose mobile app lets users hail taxis, has been dogged by …

Why Are Agency Employees Unhappy?

Agency employees are not happy when it comes to compensation, and money isn’t the problem. Despite increases in salaries and total compensation, many employees continue to be unsatisfied when it comes to overall compensation, according to Insurance Journal‘s annual Agency …

NHL Loses Bid to Block Players’ Concussion Lawsuits

The National Hockey League lost its bid to throw out retired players’ claims it glorified violence and failed to protect them from repeated head injuries and concussions. Wednesday’s ruling by a federal judge in St. Paul, Minnesota, comes as the …

House Committee Approves Bill to Repeal Estate Tax

The 99-year-old U.S. estate tax would disappear under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee. The legislation, backed on a 22-10 party-line vote, would benefit about 5,500 families who pay the tax each year plus thousands …

Progressive to Risk Raising Rates on Risky Snapshot Drivers

Progressive Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. auto insurer, said it will begin increasing rates for some risky customers who participate in a program that allows the company to electronically monitor driving habits. The decision to lift premiums is a shift for …

Supreme Court Gives Pregnant UPS Driver’s Claim Another Chance

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a former driver for UPS Inc. by throwing out a lower court ruling blocking her lawsuit accusing the package delivery company of discrimination for refusing to lighten her work duties while she …

JLT Specialty USA Creates Environmental Brokerage Team

JLT Specialty USA said it has added an environmental team to provide environmental brokerage and advisory services in energy, construction, environmental professional, finance and aerospace sectors. The individuals appointed to this team include Greg Schilz, executive vice president and JLT …

Philadelphia Insurance Promotes 3 in Marketing

Philadelphia Insurance Companies has promoted one vice president and two regional vice presidents in marketing. Matthew Carroll assumes the position of regional vice president of marketing in the insurer’s West region. Carroll joined Philadelphia Insurance in 2008. As a vice …

The Hartford Launches Customizable Coverage For Educational Institutions

The Hartford has launched Educators Professional Choice to give educational institutions the ability to customize their liability coverage based on their needs. The package of management and professional liability coverages is designed specifically for private schools, colleges and universities. “Protecting …

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