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Insurance Industry Is Leader on Climate Change, Report Says

The insurance industry is being called out by an international research institution for its progressive attitude on climate change. A white paper put out by the nonprofit Urban Land Institute this week urges the real estate sector and government planners …

Chubb Survey: Attic Storage Can Cause Homeowner Grief, Hazards

Homeowners who don’t pay attention to what’s going on in their attics can face costly damage that can spread throughout their entire home, warns a new survey sponsored by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. According to the survey of …

Hospital Medical Errors Down 17%, Reports HHS

A federal review of hospital medical records and other data has found a 17 percent decline in infections, drug mistakes, bed sores and other preventable errors from 2010 to 2013, according to a report. Using methods developed by health care …

Study Finds Brain Effects in High-School Football Players Without Concussions

A single high-school football season of heavy hits, even without a concussion, led to observable brain abnormalities in a study, the latest evidence to raise questions about the long-term consequences of the popular game. The findings from 24 high-school athletes …

Vaccine Claims System Slow to Compensate Injured

All but broken by her son’s violent and unexplained seizures, by so many panicked trips from the crib to the emergency room, Jeffrey McCord’s mom thought her desperate search for both answers and help was finally over. A respected neurologist …

Smaller Firms Showing Interest in Cyber Liability Coverage: Aspen’s Vitale

Cyber liability insurance isn’t just for large corporations anymore. Demand for cyber liability insurance is now coming from middle-sized and small businesses, according to an insurance CEO who believes the market potential is tremendous. “Now we see many, many what …

Employee Loyalty Highest at Small, Local Businesses

Employees of small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employers — and for rural workers, size and ownership of their company figure even more into their commitment than job satisfaction does, according to Baylor University …

Whistleblower Tips, Award Amount Increased in 2014, Reports SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission received more than 3,500 tips from whistleblowers in fiscal year 2014, the largest number received since the program went into effect three years ago. The SEC announced the increase in its Nov. 17 annual …

How Carriers Are Handling Property Cat Renewals, Terrorism, Ebola: NAPCO

Property/catastrophe insurers have been focused on winning new business, which means new customers are seeing bigger price cuts, according to a market report from a wholesale broker specializing in catastrophe risk placements. NAPCO’s Fall 2014 State of the Market report …

D&O Primary, Excess Layer Pricing Moving in Opposite Directions: Aon

Overall price declines for directors and officers liability insurance programs of publicly traded companies continue to be driven by excess-layer price drops, Aon’s Financial Services Group said in a recent report. D&O insurance pricing fell 4.4 percent overall during second-quarter …