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Texas Landscaper to Pay $400K in Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

A Pflugerville, Texas, landscape company pleaded guilty March 21 to misrepresenting its payroll so it could pay less for workers’ compensation coverage, according to the Texas Department of Insurance. Jammers Groundscapes entered the plea in a Travis County District Court …

Houston Approves New Post-Harvey Flood Construction Rule

Houston officials have approved a rule for new homes and other buildings in the city’s flood plains that will require them to be elevated higher off the ground to avoid floodwaters. The regulation comes more than seven months after Hurricane …

Data Show Rise in Fatal Car Crashes on 4/20 Marijuana ‘Holiday’

Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but …

Rising Claims Frequency Hampers Results in Directors & Officers Liability Insurance Sector

The underwriting performance in the U.S. directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance market deteriorated significantly in 2017. Competitive pricing and an increasing number of lawsuits have hurt the line’s profitability, according to a new A.M. Best special report. A.M Best’s …

When Dogs Bite: Dog-Related Losses Account for One-Third of Homeowners Liability Claims Costs

Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one third of all homeowners liability claim dollars paid out in 2017, costing almost $700 million. That’s according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) and State Farm, the largest writer …

What Cyber Exposures and Coverage Gaps Keep Risk Managers Up at Night

Risk managers are very concerned about the cyber risks facing their companies and are heavily investing in protection against cyber attacks with the blessings of their boards and CEOs, a major shift from even just 10 years ago when convincing …

Michigan Auto Insurance Assessment Rising to $192

Michigan drivers with auto insurance will pay $192 annually per vehicle to cover unlimited medical benefits for severely injured motorists beginning in July. The fee was announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA), which reimburses insurers for personal injury …

New York Court Affirms Gas Company on the Hook for Environmental Cleanup Costs

The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that KeySpan Gas East Corporation is responsible for costs to clean up environmental contamination caused by manufactured gas plants owned by its predecessor during years when there was no pollution property damage …

Data Show Rise in Fatal Car Crashes on 4/20 Marijuana ‘Holiday’

Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but …

Doctor Says Penn State Pledge May Have Lived if Help Was Called Sooner

A forensic pathologist testified that injuries killing a Penn State fraternity pledge last year might not have been fatal if fraternity members had summoned help more quickly. Dr. Harry Kamerow took the stand in a preliminary hearing to determine if …

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