Insurance Journal » Liability http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:09:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Officers in California Awarded $4M For Post-Shooting Discrimination http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/24/361858.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:22:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361858 A jury has awarded a total of $4 million to two Los Angeles, Calif. police officers who sued the department alleging discrimination and retaliation after the shooting of an unarmed autistic man five years ago. The jury awarded $1.9 million …

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Lawmakers in Colorado Launch Debate on Homebuilder Liability http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/18/360952.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:16:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360952 Colorado lawmakers started work this week on one of the most anticipated issues of the legislative session: liability for homebuilders. But whether the bills are a way to spark the construction of more affordable housing, or a handout to developers, has …

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Confirmed GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 57 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/24/358467.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:14:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358467 The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57. The total is one more than last week. It was posted Feb. 23 on an Internet site by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg. Feinberg …

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Ohio Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool Dropped http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/22/358299.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:58:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358299 Families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a northern Ohio cancer cluster have dropped their federal lawsuit linking the illnesses to Whirlpool Corp.’s washing machine factory. The families asked this past week to drop the suit although the …

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Nevada Bill Proposes Liability Protections for Horse-Related Injuries http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/20/358184.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:30:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358184 Rural Nevada lawmakers are proposing a bill that would improve liability protections for horse-related accidents and injuries. Sen. Pete Goicoechea and Assemblyman John Ellison introduced SB 129 to the Senate Committee on Judiciary this week. Current state law puts an …

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California Agents Asked to Inform Customers on Auto Financial Responsibility http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/12/357353.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:31:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357353 California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and state Sen. Ricardo Lara on Thursday urged Californians to make sure they are meeting their obligation to carry minimum liability insurance coverage on their vehicles and announced resources to help educate motorists and make …

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Farmers Settles Suit with Radiological Firms Over Alleged Billing Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/11/357235.htm Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:07:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357235 Los Angeles, Calif.-based Farmers Insurance Exchange has reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving alleged billing fraud by two radiological companies and their owners. The complaint alleges that two radiological corporations and their owners submitted false and misleading documentation to receive …

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Arkansas Senate Bill Would Allow Armed Teachers, School Staff http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/11/357212.htm Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:41:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357212 The Arkansas Senate passed legislation aimed at clearing the way for districts to use teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards and eliminating the regulatory panel that had resisted similar efforts. By a 33-1 vote, the Senate approved a …

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Colorado Reviewing Construction Liability Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/11/357165.htm Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:26:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357165 A simmering dispute over liability in home construction is heating up at the Colorado Legislature. A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a bill Tuesday to address the construction-defects law. The law governs how homeowners can sue builders for shoddy construction. …

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XL Expands German Professional Indemnity Offering With Heienbrok Appointment http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2015/01/27/355591.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:11:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355591 XL Group has expanded its professional indemnity offering in the German market with the appointment of Jens Heienbrok as professional indemnity manager. XL Group said it made this strategic appointment because the market for professional indemnity insurance cover in Germany …

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Indiana City Moves to Reduce Liability at Popular Sledding Spot http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/26/355487.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:35:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355487 A central Indiana city is taking steps to reduce its liability from a popular winter activity. Muncie’s parks department has placed bales of straw around trees at the bottom of a popular sledding hill in McCulloch Park. The department also …

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Obama’s Visit to India Ignites Nuclear Accident Liability Debate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2015/01/23/355041.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:20:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355041 It’s a $182 billion question for India with no easy answer. That’s the estimated amount the country plans to spend on nuclear power plants to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to provide around-the-clock electricity, and end the nation’s blackout …

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Indiana Court: US Steel not Responsible for Sleepy Driver’s Crash http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/04/351628.htm Mon, 05 Jan 2015 02:32:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351628 The Indiana appeals court has ruled that U.S. Steel isn’t responsible for a crash involving an employee who apparently fell asleep while driving after an 11-hour overnight work shift. The 3-0 appeals court ruling upheld a Lake County judge’s decision …

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Ohio School District Employees Appeal Ruling in Shooting Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/29/351142.htm Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:44:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351142 Five current or former officials from an Ohio school district are appealing a ruling allowing three school shooting victims’ families to proceed with parts of a lawsuit. The lawsuit by the families and a student injured in the 2012 shooting …

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Monsanto Settles Farmer Suits Over Oregon Experimental GMO Wheat http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/13/346963.htm Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:11:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346963 Monsanto Co. said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” wheat, which was never …

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Judge Backs Insurer OneBeacon in Milwaukee Archdiocese Sex Abuse Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/11/346512.htm Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:30:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346512 A federal judge has ruled in favor of an insurance company for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that challenged whether it was liable for the church’s handling of child sexual abuse cases. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa says U.S. Bankruptcy Judge …

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Colorado Whitewater Outfitter Insurance Lowered http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/27/344854.htm Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:36:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344854 The amount of insurance required for whitewater boating outfitters at Dinosaur National Monument, Colo. has been lowered. The National Park Service raised alarms last year when it announced changes that included increasing Dinosaur outfitters’ general liability insurance requirement from $1 …

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Illinois Landowners Suing State over Fracking Permit Delay http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/20/344118.htm Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344118 Southern Illinois landowners are suing the state for failing to implement hydraulic fracturing, calling the long-running process for adopting rules governing the oil and gas extraction method tantamount to illegal government seizure of property already leased to developers. The lawsuit, …

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Existing Protocols for Ebola Questioned http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/17/343989.htm Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:13:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343989 As Thomas Eric Duncan’s health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient’s side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt …

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Nurses’ Group: Ebola Care Practices at Dallas Hospital Were Inconsistent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/16/343835.htm Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:18:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343835 A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and nurses treating him worked without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released by the nation’s largest …

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Tour Bus Crashes in Indiana, Passengers Injured http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/15/343701.htm Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:23:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343701 A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 14 after apparently swerving to avoid an earlier crash, badly injuring one person and hurting more than a dozen others, officials said. The …

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University Presidents Oppose Push for Guns on Campuses in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/10/343263.htm Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:23:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343263 Allowing more students and faculty at colleges and universities to carry guns on campus would be a serious mistake and jeopardize the public’s safety, the University of Oklahoma president told members of a state legislative committee. David Boren was among …

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Offers Fiduciary Liability Product http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/10/09/342831.htm Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342831 Boston-based Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has launched Executive First Fiduciary Liability Insurance, a new addition to its Executive First suite of executive liability insurance products offering customizable coverage for commercial and financial firms. The product will provide enhanced protection …

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U.S. Risk Pros and Western World Introduce a New and Improved Private and Non-Profit Organization Directors and Officers Liability Form http://www.insurancejournal.com/services/newswire/2014/10/03/342618.htm Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342618 Dallas, TX, October 3, 2014- Effective October 1, 2014, this new form reflects the growing needs of organizations to address the issues confronting them in the 21st century. Coverage consists of Directors, Officers and Insured Entity Insurance, Employment Practices Liability …

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Outside Home, Castle Doctrine Doesn’t Apply Wisconsin Court Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/02/342578.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 23:45:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342578 A man who shot at two intruders as they fled after beating him in his apartment can’t invoke Wisconsin’s castle doctrine law to protect him from liability, a state appeals court ruled in a case that clarified how far the …

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Novato, Insurer Others Settle Suit Over California Girl Killed By SUV http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/02/342504.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:55:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342504 The city of Novato and other defendants have settled a lawsuit by the family of a 12-year-old California girl who was struck and killed by a SUV while riding her bicycle home from school two years ago. The Marin Independent …

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Oklahoma Legislature Urged to Boost Nursing Home Staffing Rules http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/26/341758.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:43:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341758 A Seminole woman pleaded with Oklahoma state lawmakers recently to “demand changes in the staffing and other requirements of our state’s long-term care facilities.” “We tried to do precisely that earlier this year, but the Republicans blocked it,” said Rep. …

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Parents of Colorado Theater Shooting Victims Sue Ammo Seller http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/18/341010.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:52:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341010 The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing four online retailers of improperly selling ammunition, tear gas, a high-capacity magazine and body armor used in the attack. The lawsuit alleges it was …

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Appeals Court Says Ohio County Could Be Liable for Fatal Wreck http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/25/338523.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:31:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338523 An appeals court says a northeastern Ohio county could be liable in the death of a 17-year-old girl who apparently lost control while driving on a road under repair. At issue is the absence of white lines on the rural …

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Settlements Against Uninsured New Mexico Rail Service Reach Nearly $8M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/20/338210.htm Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:10:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338210 New Mexico’s commuter rail service has received a free ride while taxpayers have shelled out nearly $8 million to settle damage claims against the Rail Runner Express, according to state records. The Rail Runner, until last month, didn’t pay premiums …

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