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Travelers Insurance Profit Soared in Q4 on Fewer Claims, Investment Gains

Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos. Inc. reported a jump in quarterly profit that beat analysts’ estimates on Thursday, helped by an increase in returns from investments and lower catastrophe claims. Travelers reported a core income of $1.26 billion, or …

Trump Order Allows Government to Block Use of U.S. Cloud Services in Foreign Countries

On his last full day in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order the White House said was aimed at preventing foreign malicious cyber-actors from using U.S. online infrastructure to carry out their activities. The order, which provides the …

2020 Could Make 2021 the Year of Insurance Agency E&O Lawsuits

Insurance agents and brokers should prepare for a big agency errors and omissions (E&O) litigation wave to crash their shores in 2021. Agency E&O claims are a lagging indicator, meaning plaintiffs typically only go after agents and brokers after they …

Why Now May Be the Best Time to Start an Insurance Agency: Viewpoint

Starting an independent insurance agency, or any business, is a risky proposition. You’re moving from a secure position with a regular income and foreseeable future to a place where uncertainty is the new normal. Some may think that’s truer than …

Supreme Court Rejects Merck’s Bid to Reinstate $2.5B Damage Award Against Rival

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Merck & Co. Inc.’s bid to revive a $2.54 billion jury verdict it won against rival drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. for infringing a patent in a dispute over a blockbuster hepatitis C treatment. …

ProSight to Become Private Company After Being Acquired by Investors

International investment management firm TowerBrook Capital Partners and private equity firm Further Global Capital agreed to acquire 100 percent of the common stock shares of specialty insurer ProSight Global for $586 million cash. The deal, announced last Friday, means the …

Insurance Agency M&A Deals Surged 20% in Year of Pandemic: OPTIS

There were 744 announced insurance agency mergers and acquisitions in 2020, up nearly 20% from 649 reported in 2019. The surge resulted from the pent-up supply of pending transactions from earlier in the year coupled with sellers looking to avoid …

Safety Agency Orders Ford to Recall 3 Million Vehicles Over Takata Air Bags

Ford Motor Co. must recall 3 million vehicles with potentially defective driver-side Takata air bags, the U.S. auto safety regulator said on Tuesday, rejecting a bid by the second-largest U.S. automaker to avoid a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety …

Supreme Court Hears Baltimore’s Climate Change Damages Claim Against Energy Firms

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday grappled with a dispute that one justice called a “close call” over a lawsuit filed by the city of Baltimore against energy companies seeking monetary damages due to the impact of global climate change. …

Specialty Insurer Hallmark Financial CEO Anand Resigns; AM Best Maintains ‘A-‘ Rating

AM Best announced that it would not change the “A-” financial strength ratings of the members of Dallas-based specialty insurer Hallmark Insurance Group nor the “bbb-” long-term issue credit rating of Hallmark Financial Services, after Hallmark Financial announced its chief …

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