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CEO’s Departure at Mortgage Insurer Radian May be Rival’s Opportunity to Acquire: Analyst

Essent Group Ltd. may have an opportunity to buy Radian Group Inc., the rival mortgage insurer whose chief executive officer is stepping down, an analyst at BTIG LLC said. “Radian has no clear successor,” for S.A. Ibrahim, who said last …

Pelvic Mesh Maker Alleges Doctors, Lawyers, Litigation Funders Schemed to Inflate Damage Claims

American Medical Systems, a major defendant in litigation over controversial vaginal mesh devices, is accusing “a pyramid of businessmen, doctors and lawyers” of luring women into unwarranted surgeries to remove the implants and inflate their damages claims. The company, a …

Insider ‘Secret Weapon’ Raiguel Named General Re CEO to Replace Montross

General Reinsurance Group is getting a new CEO: Berkshire Hathaway reinsurance senior executive Kara Raiguel, who is described by her boss as a “secret weapon,” “zero maintenance,” and a “true renaissance woman in the insurance and reinsurance industry.” Ajit Jain, …

Federal Reserve to Propose Lighter Capital Rules for Large Insurers Than Banks

U.S. insurers deemed big enough to threaten the financial system will probably face capital standards that are simpler and less costly than those imposed on Wall Street banks, Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo said Friday. The Fed “in coming weeks” will …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Adds Lawyers PL Program, Plans Other Product Launches

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies is now offering a lawyers professional liability policy in California, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and the District of Columbia with ten more states planned in 2016. Available as either a complement to other policies …

ThinkRisk Transfers Converging Risk Program to Lloyd’s, Expands Offerings

Ryan Specialty Group’s (RSG) ThinkRisk Underwriting Agency has entered into a new underwriting partnership for its Converging Risk program with Lloyd’s of London. ThinkRisk will transition its existing Converging Risk program – specialized errors and omissions insurance for media, advertising, …

Hanover Stone Partners, UnitedLex to Offer Cyber Risk Management Services

Hanover Stone Partners, a risk management services firm, and UnitedLex, a business advisory company, have collaborated on cyber-security, legal services and other risk management options for businesses and other commercial entities. UnitedLex works with clients on their cyber-related risks through …

Big Deal: Insurer Signs NBA Star Shaq as Brand Spokesman

Tennessee-based nonstandard auto insurance provider The General has signed its first real-life brand ambassador and he’s a big one: NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O’Neal. In his brand ambassador role, the 7-foot, 1-inch O’Neal will represent the company in television commercials and …

Swiss Re Corporate Appoints Gonzalez to Succeed Petrilli as CEO North America

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has appointed Ivan Gonzalez as CEO North America. Gonzalez succeeds Robert Petrilli, who the insurer said has decided to leave Swiss Re at the end of 2016. The company said Gonzalez is moving from his current …

Suit Against Airbnb Alleges Racial Discrimination in Housing Rentals

Airbnb Inc. was accused in a civil rights lawsuit of ignoring a Virginia man who said a host with the online room rental company had rejected his reservation request because he’s black. Gregory Selden, 25, sued in Washington Tuesday. He seeks to represent …

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