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Safety Group Seeks GM Bailout Information

The U.S. Treasury’s role in shielding General Motors Co. from car lawsuits after a 2009 bailout of the automaker isn’t confidential and should be made public, the Center for Auto Safety told a federal judge. The safety association’s president, Clarence …

Cyber Attack Retaliation Is Government’s Job: Poll

At a time when most people aren’t confident their workplace is safe from a hacking attack, respondents to the Bloomberg Global Poll are more certain about one thing: Vengeance is not mine. Companies shouldn’t get a pass from the government …

Cybersecurity Is Corporate America’s Job

Barack Obama wants to prod corporations into addressing their cybersecurity weaknesses and he used his State of the Union speech last night to do just that. Obama also placed responsibility for inaction and any damage from future attacks on the shoulders of …

SASSI Introduces Workers’ Comp Coverage for Beauty Shops

The Salon and Spa Specialty Insurance agency (SASSI), is now offering workers’ compensation insurance coverage for salons, day spas, electrologists, beauty schools and barber shops. Available through RTW, Inc., the CompConnect program is available in most states. To meet the …

NAIC Hires Former Arizona Regulator Urias as International Director

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has hired Christina Urias, former Arizona insurance commissioner, to the fill newly-created position of managing director of the International Insurance Regulatory Affairs Division. This position reports directly to the CEO Ben Nelson and …

Construction Insurance Trends to Watch in 2015

Bolstered by a resurgent economy and renewed optimism, the construction industry is showing signs of significant growth. Payrolls are increasing, more projects are coming online and the scope of work is increasing. Ample insurance coverage is available for both commercial …

Law Firms Accused of Fraud in Asbestos Litigation

U.S. personal injury lawyers allegedly concealed evidence and induced clients to commit perjury to drive up asbestos-related settlements and garner bigger fees, according to lawsuits unsealed on Tuesday in the bankruptcy of a gasket maker. The unsealed racketeering complaints alleged …

BP Argues for Lower Oil Spill Penalty

Last week’s ruling that BP Plc’s Macondo well dumped less oil into the Gulf of Mexico than the U.S. government claimed may trigger a settlement before a decision on the amount it must pay after a trial set to begin …

Supreme Court Rejects Broader Liability Shield for Military Contractors

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away three KBR Inc. appeals that aimed to provide military contractors with a broader shield from lawsuits over their activities on the battlefield. The nation’s highest court today left intact a group of federal appeals …

Supreme Court to Hear Disparate Impact Liability This Week

The U.S. Supreme Court is positioned to wipe out a major category of housing discrimination suits, and civil rights groups are running out of ways to stop it. In arguments Wednesday in Washington, the court will consider requiring people suing …

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