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Forecasters to Issue Special Maps, Warnings on Storm Surge

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center hope new color-coded maps they’re trying out this year will simplify two important points about storm surge for coastal residents: how far from the beach the water will spread and how high that water …

Updated: Federal Insurance Office Seeks Comments on Auto Insurance Affordability

The insurance office within the U.S. Treasury is looking into whether minorities and low and moderate income Americans have access to affordable auto insurance. On April 10, the Federal Insurance Office, citing its authority under the Dodd-Frank act to monitor …

TIG Insurance Sues NHL to Limit Its Defense in Players’ Concussion Lawsuits

The National Hockey League was sued by an insurer seeking to limit its duty to defend the league in lawsuits alleging it concealed the long-term effects of concussions and failed to warn players of the risks. TIG Insurance Co., a …

GM Creates New Product Safety Team

General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, under fire for the company’s slow response to flawed ignition switches linked to 13 deaths, said she is creating a team that will make the company’s cars as safe as they are …

Boston Marathon Attacks Convinced Smaller, Midsized Firms to Buy Terror Insurance

For landlord Peter Zagorianakos, terrorism insurance wasn’t a necessity until the bombs went off last April at the Boston Marathon and revealed a frightening pattern. Two buildings he owns stand within a half-mile (0.8 kilometer) of the race’s finish line …

Dovetail Insurance Expands Workers Comp Product to Five Additional States

Dovetail Insurance, a supplier of cloud-based insurance product delivery services, has expanded its NetComp workers’ compensation insurance to independent agents in Virginia, and will also be adding Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Connecticut before the end of April.  As part of …

Insurance Agents Learn How to Market to People Unlike Themselves

The middle-aged white woman told the audience of mostly older white male businessowners that much of the country and many of their future customers don’t look like them or necessarily share all their values. While whites make up 64 percent …

RPX Launches Non-Practicing Entity Patent Litigation Insurance with Lloyd’s

RPX Corp., a provider of patent risk management products, has launched a new insurance service for businesses facing patent infringement litigation with non-practicing entities (NPEs).  As a coverholder at Lloyd’s, RPX Insurance Services, LLC will provide marketing, underwriting, and claims …

Great American Broadens Property Endorsement for Social Services

Great American Insurance Group has enhanced its signature property broadening endorsement for human and social service organizations. The enhanced coverage, offered through its Specialty Human Services Division, is designed to protect an organization’s valuable property. A feature of the signature …

Agents Brewing Up Program Business for Craft Beermakers

Craft beers have been capturing an increasing share of the domestic beer market over the past decade and this specialty niche is still growing. By 2020, America’s craft brewers will have more than 20 percent market share, according to the …

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