Sex, Dogs and Heads That Rolled Among Top Insurance Journal News Stories in 2011

By | December 22, 2011

In 2011, Insurance brought readers news on everything from dog bites to major catastrophes, including news on courts, legislation, regulations, politics, acquisitions, bankruptcies, markets, rates, products and people. reported news from every state, Washington, D.C., London, Bangkok, China, Japan and other hot spots around the globe. Some news stories were more important than others, of course, and certain online news stories, not necessarily the most important, caught the attention of more people than others.

Below is a list of the 25 most-read news stories from the 2011 archives of Insurance Keep in mind that stories produced early in the year have had a longer time to attract a following than others. If nothing else, the list shows how insurance affects not only the overall economy and but also everyday lives. The top 25 news stories are:

  1. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson File Lawsuit Against Former Insurance Broker
  2. Allstate Targets Online Insurance Sales; Buys Esurance, Answer Financial
  3. Nationwide and Harleysville Insurance Agree to Merger
  4. The Top 10 Stolen Vehicles
  5. Courts Allowing Private Facebook Posts As Evidence in Lawsuits
  6. Hurricane Center Tracking 3 Atlantic Storms: Katia, Maria and Nate
  7. In Few Years, Social Network Data May Be Used in Underwriting
  8. What Did One Car Say to the Other Car?
  9. Shake-Up at AIG’s Chartis; Moor Out, Hancock In as CEO
  10. Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims
  11. Federal Judge in Florida Rules Healthcare Law Must Be Voided
  12. Soft Market Is Ending, Really It Is, Says SNL Financial
  13. Hulk Hogan Loses Fight Against Agency
  14. Unhappy Allstate Agents Hope Unionization Move Gets Insurer’s Attention
  15. German Insurer Organized Orgy for Best Salesmen
  16. Kentucky Jury Sides with Doctor In Penis Amputation Malpractice Claim
  17. National Underwriter Parent, Summit Media, Files for Bankruptcy
  18. Insurer Wants to Sign 100 Agents in 100 Days
  19. Workers’ Comp TV Show Pilot Begins Filming in Florida
  20. Some Independent Agents ‘Not Happy’ About Nationwide/Harleysville Deal
  21. Why Elderly Are Bad Drivers
  22. Think Soft Market Is Over? Think Again
  23. Allstate Exiting Banking Business
  24. What Financial Crisis Commission Concluded About AIG’s Failure
  25. The 2010 Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame

Among the feature stories that caught the most eyes were an April 1 spoof on the most innovative insurance products, a story on how workers’ compensation exposures are affected by the mobility of the workforce, an advice column on the ins and outs of errors and omissions insurance, the top excuses by drivers caught using cell phones, a cyber risk feature with the 25 worst passwords and a report on the next big thing in insurance products.

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