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Despite Recent Natural Disasters, Homeowners Fail to Enhance Coverage: Clearsurance

A recent online survey of 1,000 U.S. individuals uncovered that the majority (87 percent) are concerned about a natural disaster striking their area but very few have taken action to protect themselves from being uninsured or underinsured. Of those that …

Only a Third of U.S. Vehicles with Defective Takata Air Bags Repaired

Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. vehicles containing defective air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. remain unrepaired as automakers have made varying degrees of progress addressing the largest auto recall in U.S. history. As of mid-September, 20 million vehicles containing …

Schiavone Takes Over Allianz Global Specialty’s Alternative Risk Team; Coppola to Head Financial Lines

Paul Schiavone has been appointed as global head of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s Alternative Risk Transfer (ART) business, taking over from Bill Guffey who is leaving Allianz for other opportunities after 15 years at the company. Laura Coppola takes …

RMS Comments: What’s Next If Flood Insurance Reform Passes? If It Fails?

Last week, the House of Representatives voted 237-189 to pass the 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874) – a package of seven bills that reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until 2022 and introduces various reforms. The fate …

Drugmaker Purdue Moves to Settle States’ Claims Over Opioids

Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma LP is proposing a global settlement in an attempt to end state investigations and lawsuits over the U.S. opioid epidemic, according to people familiar with the talks. Purdue’s lawyers raised the prospect with several southern-state attorneys …

Palomar Specialty Expands Residential Earthquake Product Into Additional States

Palomar Specialty Insurance Company has expanded its Flex Choice residential earthquake insurance product into the following states: Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Utah. Flex Choice allows consumers to customize their residential earthquake coverage to meet their specific needs and …

Tesla Debuts 500-Mile Electric Heavy Duty Truck

Tesla Inc. upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck on Thursday when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig’s trailer and Chief Executive Elon Musk said the new $200,000 sports car would be the fastest …

Markel Finalizes Acquisition of State National Companies

Markel Corp. has completed its previously announced acquisition of State National Companies, a specialty provider of property/casualty insurance services that operates two core businesses, program services and lender services. Markel, a Virginia-based in Virginia holding company for insurance, reinsurance and …

Barbican Insurance Launches U.S. Specialty Property MGA Targeting Southeast, Gulf Coasts

Barbican Insurance Group has launched Barbican Specialty US, a new managing general agency (MGA) providing wholesale excess and surplus (E&S) property insurance for small-to-medium-sized commercial operations along the southeastern coast of the United States. Based in Atlanta and Kansas City, …

Court Orders J&J to Pay $247 Million, Another Big Loss Over Hip Implant Product

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $247 million to half a dozen patients who claimed the company hid defects in its Pinnacle artificial hips, its third big-dollar loss over the products. Officials of the company’s DePuy unit, which makes …

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