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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 …

ACE to Acquire Chubb in $28.3 Billion Deal

In a major transaction, ACE Limited has agreed to acquire The Chubb Corp. for $28.3 billion in cash and stock. The two firms said the combined company will have complementary businesses, skills and distribution and greater growth and earnings than …

Dovetail Insurance Expands MetLife BOP Product to Five More States

Dovetail Insurance has expanded its MetLife Auto & Home Business Owners Policy (BOP) offering to five additional states through its NetBOP Insurance Portal. The MetLife Auto & Home BOP coverage was recently launched in Colorado, Nebraska and New Mexico, and …

ACE Introduces Online System for Quoting Boats

ACE Group has launched a new online tool, ACE EZQuote, that allows independent agents and brokers to generate a bindable quote for boats in less than four minutes. Available through its ACE Recreational Marine Insurance business, ACE EZQuote works for …

Loyalty to Insurer Doesn’t Always Pay Off for Drivers

When Jonathan G. Stein became unhappy with his long-time car insurance carrier earlier this year, the 41-year-old lawyer from Elk Grove, California switched to a new company. How was he rewarded for his disloyalty after nine years? With savings of …

MetLife Seeks Documents from Systemic Risk Panel

MetLife asked a federal judge on Monday to force the U.S. government to hand over 500 pages of confidential records that relate to financial regulators’ decision to designate the insurance giant as systemically important. In a filing in U.S. District …

GM Directors Off the Hook; Court Nixes Investors’ Lawsuit Over Ignition Switch

General Motors Co. directors don’t have to face investors’ allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for more than 100 people their lives. GM’s board had adequate risk-assessment systems in place even …

SpaceX Cargo Loss is Government’s, but Rocket Costs and Backlog Uncertain

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket en route to the International Space Station erupted in flames on Sunday moments after its launch, delivering a potential business interruption blow to the so-far highly successful private space company. The craft was about 21 miles …

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