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Global Insured H1 Losses from Natural, Man-Made Disasters Were $23B: Swiss Re

Global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of 2017 totaled US$23 billion, while economic losses during the same period came to US$44 billion – an indication of the extent of the protection gap that …

5 Reasons Cyber Security Is Failing and What P/C Insurers Can Do About It

Businesses are spending a small fortune on cyber security but what they are doing is not working very well, according to a cyber security expert who sees the insurance industry as a key to improving the situation. “We have a …

GOP Facing Resistance to State Bills Shielding Drivers Who Hit Protesters

Republican lawmakers in six states have pushed this year for legal protections for motorists who hit protesters blocking traffic. Fairly or not, they’re facing an intense backlash now that violent images of a car ramming into a crowd protesting a …

Lawsuit Claims U.S. Delinquent in Enforcing Rear Passenger Seat Belt Law

A new lawsuit accuses the U.S. government of being too slow to implement rules requiring that rear seat vehicle passengers be warned when they fail to buckle their seat belts. In a complaint filed on Wednesday, two nonprofits said the …

Stake in Insurance Broker HUB International Could be Sold: Reuters

Hellman & Friedman LLC is exploring the sale of a stake in HUB International Ltd. in a deal that could value one of the largest North American insurance brokerages at between $6 billion and $7 billion, including debt, people familiar …

Court Upholds Uber Forced Arbitration, Ban on Customer Lawsuits

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of Uber Technologies Inc. in a closely watched lawsuit over whether passengers gave up their right to sue the ride-sharing company when they registered for its service. The 2nd U.S. Circuit …

P/C Insurance Industry Maintains Favorable Ratings in First Half 2017: A.M. Best

Credit rating activity for the U.S. property/casualty industry in the first half of 2017 was favorable, with upgrades outpacing downgrades. Nearly one-third of the 2017 upgrades were driven by increased parental support, ongoing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and the generally …

Warm Atlantic Sets Stage for Busy Hurricane Season Peak

Not one, but three potential storms threaten to usher in the busiest phase of the Atlantic hurricane season later this month, courtesy of warm ocean temperatures. The season — which runs from June to November — has already seen above-average …

Storm-Prone Cities Vie for Environmental Impact Bonds

As climate change pushes U.S. cities to build protections against stronger storms and more frequent floods, the Rockefeller Foundation is helping cities with a novel kind of financing, one that transfers some of the risk of innovative projects from cities …

Uber CEO Claims Venture Capital Lawsuit Against Him Should Go to Arbitration

Ex-Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick said the lawsuit brought by venture-capital firm Benchmark seeking his ouster from the company’s board should be heard in private arbitration. In a letter Monday to a Delaware judge, an attorney for …

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