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More Capitol Hill Rioters Face Firings Back at Work

A printing company in Maryland saw the photo on Twitter Wednesday night: an employee roaming the halls of the U.S. Capitol with a company badge around his neck. He was fired the next day. Others are facing similar repercussions at …

Insurance Journal’s Most Noteworthy Topics of 2020: East Region

From questions over business interruption policy coverage spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic to property damage due to civil unrest, as well as significant court cases and state regulatory actions, it was a busy year for East region insurers. Here’s a …

Threat of U.S. Insurance Regulatory Crackdown Fades Without Democratic ‘Blue Wave’

Insurers appear to have dodged a revival of strict regulations and policy upheavals after an anticipated Democratic “Blue Wave,” which would have allowed progressives to push for broad reforms, failed to materialize on Wednesday, said industry executives. The U.S. presidential …

U.S. Cities Prepare for Possible Election Unrest

Temporary extra fencing has been erected around the White House, plywood affixed to storefronts in Manhattan and the National Guard put on notice in Portland, Oregon, as U.S. cities braced for possible unrest on election day. “We don’t see specific …

Nigerian Insurers Expect Record Claims from Police Brutality Protests

Nigerian insurers are facing their biggest claims on record after protests against police brutality turned violent, leading to large-scale looting and destruction. Risk underwriters all over the country are inspecting business sites and verifying claims following loss notifications from big …

Election Security: Retailers Board Up Stores Amid Fears Over More Civil Unrest

This time last year, shoppers on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile were waiting for Louis Vuitton to debut its whimsical holiday window decorations. Now those same windows are hidden behind a wall of wood panels painted bright orange. While still open for …

Proposed Virginia Bill Making Localities Responsible for Protest Damage Stalls

A Virginia General Assembly bill is likely dead for the session that would have held localities accountable for damages caused by protesters if an adequate police response was not provided. Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, said he proposed House Bill 5026 …

Richmond Saw Nearly $4M in Fire Damage During Initial Unrest

Fires caused nearly $4 million in estimated damages over the first 18 days of protests this summer in Richmond, Va., according to an analysis by city emergency officials. Richmond fire crews responded to 48 fires between May 29 and June …

Natural Catastrophe Claims Cost Insurers More Than Coronavirus in First Half: Fitch

COVID-19-related claims were not the biggest driver of the North American property/casualty insurance industry’s overall combined ratio during the first six months of 2020. Natural catastrophes cost insurers more, Fitch Ratings concluded in its latest report. Pandemic-related claims increased the …

Minnesota Governor Makes Another Request for Federal Aid to Rebuild After Unrest

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is again asking for federal help to rebuild from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. Walz said Monday he has requested a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster declaration that would free up low-interest loans to …