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Association of National Advertisers Launches Patent Troll Insurance

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) has launched an insurance program to protect marketers against the expense of Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), often known as “patent trolls.” PAEs are firms with the sole business purpose of launching patent claims against …

Small Fleet Managers Would Choose Insurer for UBI Service: Survey

More than half of small fleet managers are likely to stay with their current insurance carriers rather than switching if their insurer offers usage-based insurance (UBI) programs, according to a new survey by analytics firm Lexis Nexis. If an alternate …

State Auto Realigns Units, Announces Leadership Hires, Changes

State Auto Financial Corp. today announced changes to the company’s leadership and a redefining of the company’s key business units. The changes were announced by Mike LaRocco, who took over as president and CEO in May. Kim Garland has been …

As Danny Fades, Atlantic’s Next Storm Taking Shape

The remains of Hurricane Danny were swallowed up in a trough of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea as another storm started to develop further east in the central Atlantic. A swirl of thunderstorms and showers may be coming together …

Cobots: Making It Safe for Humans, Robots to Work Side-by-Side

In June this year a robot crushed a man to death in a Volkswagen factory in Germany. The 22-year-old maintenance worker became trapped between a large robotic arm and a metal plate, in an area usually off-bounds to humans. The tragic …

Court Says FTC Has Power to Regulate Corporate Cybersecurity

A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp. of failing to properly safeguard consumers’ information. The 3-0 decision by the 3rd …

Chubb’s Stephenson Joins CNA Commercial as Chief Underwriting Officer

CNA has appointed Julie Stephenson as senior vice president and chief underwriting officer for CNA Commercial. In this role, Stephenson will be responsible for underwriting oversight and governance for all business written within Commercial. She will report to Kevin Leidwinger, …

ProSight Specialty, Allied Insurance Brokers Launch Scaffold Insurance Program

ProSight Specialty Insurance has partnered with Allied Insurance Brokers to offer coverage for the scaffolding industry. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) it is estimated that 65 percent of construction workers spend some time working on scaffolds, …

QBE North America Names Griffith Executive VP for Distribution

QBE North America announced that Brian Griffith will join the organization on August 31 as executive vice president, Field Management and Distribution. The insurer said Griffith will lead the strategy for all distribution channels across QBE, as well agency management …

Researchers Find Link Between Atlantic Hurricanes and Amazon Wildfires

Researchers  have uncovered a “remarkably strong link” between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The wildfire-hurricane association is a result of ocean-atmosphere interactions, according to the researchers who say this north-south …

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