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NHL Loses Bid to Block Players’ Concussion Lawsuits

The National Hockey League lost its bid to throw out retired players’ claims it glorified violence and failed to protect them from repeated head injuries and concussions. Wednesday’s ruling by a federal judge in St. Paul, Minnesota, comes as the …

House Committee Approves Bill to Repeal Estate Tax

The 99-year-old U.S. estate tax would disappear under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee. The legislation, backed on a 22-10 party-line vote, would benefit about 5,500 families who pay the tax each year plus thousands …

Progressive to Risk Raising Rates on Risky Snapshot Drivers

Progressive Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. auto insurer, said it will begin increasing rates for some risky customers who participate in a program that allows the company to electronically monitor driving habits. The decision to lift premiums is a shift for …

Supreme Court Gives Pregnant UPS Driver’s Claim Another Chance

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a former driver for UPS Inc. by throwing out a lower court ruling blocking her lawsuit accusing the package delivery company of discrimination for refusing to lighten her work duties while she …

JLT Specialty USA Creates Environmental Brokerage Team

JLT Specialty USA said it has added an environmental team to provide environmental brokerage and advisory services in energy, construction, environmental professional, finance and aerospace sectors. The individuals appointed to this team include Greg Schilz, executive vice president and JLT …

Philadelphia Insurance Promotes 3 in Marketing

Philadelphia Insurance Companies has promoted one vice president and two regional vice presidents in marketing. Matthew Carroll assumes the position of regional vice president of marketing in the insurer’s West region. Carroll joined Philadelphia Insurance in 2008. As a vice …

The Hartford Launches Customizable Coverage For Educational Institutions

The Hartford has launched Educators Professional Choice to give educational institutions the ability to customize their liability coverage based on their needs. The package of management and professional liability coverages is designed specifically for private schools, colleges and universities. “Protecting …

Insurers Say Drone Rules Needed for Risk Evaluation

Insurers applauded a Senate subcommittee for holding a hearing on the use of unmanned aircraft systems and urged swift action from federal regulators charged with integrating the technology into the National Airspace System. “The marketplace is more than ready for …

House Republicans Plan Vote on Estate Tax Repeal

The House Ways and Means Committee plans to vote this week on a bill to repeal the U.S. estate tax, said Doug Andres, a spokesman for committee chairman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican. The move to repeal the estate tax …

Cyber Information Sharing Bill Introduced in House

Leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee introduced legislation on Tuesday to make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government, without the fear of being sued. Prompted in part by high-profile cyber attacks …

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