Articles by Don Jergler

Farmers Files Trade Secrets Suit in California Against Auto Club Michigan, Former Employees

Farmers Insurance has filed a lawsuit in California against a pair of former employees and the Automobile Club of Michigan alleging the theft of trade secrets. The suit alleges violations of the California Trade Secrets Act, unfair competition, breach of …

Insured Losses from California Wildfires Now at $3.3 Billion

The largest California insurers have so far reported more than $3.3 billion in insured losses from the October wildfire siege, now considered the most destructive fires in state history. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Tuesday updated insured loss claims data …

Insured Loss Estimates from California Wildfires Now up to $8 Billion

Insured losses from the siege of California wildfires could possibly reach $8 billion, according to new estimates released on Friday by catastrophe modeler RMS. The firm now estimates the insured loss for the wildfires impacting Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake and …

U.S. Cities Ranked Most Vulnerable to Coastal Floods Due to Climate Change

This week is the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which developed in late October and moved over the East Coast starting on Oct. 29, 2012, causing more than $70 billion in damage and killing 280 people. To mark that anniversary, Climate …

Admitted Carriers, CanaBOP Coming to California’s Cannabis Industry

The first admitted insurance carrier has filed to provide coverage to California’s legal cannabis industry and several more carriers have stated their intent to file products, according to state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. It also appears that standardized insurance forms …

Former Patriots Players Speaking at Risk Conference Air Opinions on Kneeling

Watching NFL players kneel during the National Anthem didn’t sit well with a pair of former New England Patriots players, who aired their feelings about players protesting during the opening of football games during a risk management conference on Wednesday. …

Experts: Forget Government, Companies Must Step up to Combat Cyber Threats

Don’t rely on the U.S. government to protect your business from cyber threats. That was the consensus among experts speaking about cyber programs at a risk management conference on Tuesday. “The U.S. government hasn’t done a lot to protect cyberspace,” …

Vegas Risk Management Summit Tackled Commercial Auto, Workers’ Comp And More

One factor driving continuously dismal commercial auto insurance losses is a spate of “nuclear cases” that are plaguing the industry with multi-million lawsuits. The amount of money and resources being put into the legal battlefield over commercial auto lawsuits is …

Worker Safety, Regulation Overload Among Highlights of Drone Expo in California

Drones may already be impacting the world of workers’ compensation. Fewer workers on communications towers are falling to their deaths, according to Todd Schlekeway, executive director of the National Association of Tower Erectors. Schlekeway, who was speaking at a panel …

SILVER Best Agency to Work For – Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers

One can say the managers of Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers have made a long-term commitment to their workers. “Employee engagement” is a term Kevin Bogart, CEO of the firm, almost couldn’t use enough. “I can’t tell you anything …