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Spate of Climate Change Reports Ahead of Global Summit

Ahead of December’s big and much-talked about United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 or CMP11, it seems there’s been an information ramp up of sorts. I’m not just talking about Pope Francis’ crusade to call attention to climate change – he most recently said …

SkiSafe Expands Sailboat Coverage to Live Aboard Vessels

SkiSafe insurance has broadened its underwriting guidelines for its Sailboat Insurance program to provide coverage for sailboat risks with live aboard exposures.  In addition to the clientele of sailors already utilizing the SkiSafe program for protection against vessel damage, liability …

BP to Pay $18.7B Over 18 Years to Settle Spill Claims with 5 States, U.S.

BP Plc has agreed to a preliminary deal in which it will pay a record $18.7 billion to settle claims by five Gulf states and the U.S. government for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst oil spill in …

DuPont Transfers Pollution Liabilities for 171 Sites to New Company Chemours

When DuPont Co. announced plans to spin off its major chemical operations in October 2013, it said the move would create a cash-generating dynamo with the leading market share in most of its businesses. The spinoff would let DuPont focus …

If Terminated After ACE Takeover, Chubb CEO Finnegan Due $93M

Chubb Corp. Chief Executive Officer John Finnegan could walk away with at least $92.7 million if he’s terminated after ACE Ltd. acquires the company. Finnegan, who’s run the insurer since late 2002, would be eligible to receive $20.5 million in …

Big ACE-Chubb Deal Triggers ‘Feverish’ Merger Speculation

Evan Greenberg just took dealmaking to the next level. The chief executive officer of property/casualty insurer ACE Ltd. on Wednesday announced a $28 billion deal for rival Chubb Corp. It’s the biggest acquisition in the industry since the 2008 government …

New Empire Group Expands Program for Property Managers

New Empire Group has expanded its property managers’ portfolio to include coverage for real estate agents & brokers, real estate consulting, construction management, asset management, property preservation, escrow agents, bookkeepers and more. New Empire Group’s professional liability program for property …

Congress Could Get Pacific Trade Pact by Year-End

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said he hopes to wrap up a trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations soon and send it to the U.S. Congress for approval before the end of the year. Lawmakers last week granted …

Affordable Care Act Attracting Younger, Healthier Insureds

Obamacare is attracting younger and healthier people to its coverage plans this year, according to research by Express Scripts Holding Co., a trend that could help balance and sustain the law’s insurance markets. According to the report, which looked at …

Many Ignition Switch Claimants Excluded from GM Compensation Fund

Ben Pillars always wondered why his wife crashed her Pontiac Grand Am in 2005, sending her into a coma from which she never recovered. Then last year, General Motors Co. recalled the car for a faulty ignition switch and Pillars …

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