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GEICO Drives Up Berkshire 2020 Underwriting Profit

With GEICO’s 2020 underwriting profit more than doubling above the level recorded in 2019, Berkshire Hathaway’s full-year property/casualty underwriting income was in the black, even though the conglomerate’s P/C reinsurance units saw underwriting losses in both years. Taken together, $3.4 …

Nevada Lawsuits Filed Against Auto Insurers over Rates in Pandemic

Class action lawsuits were filed in Nevada against 10 major auto insurance companies this week, contending that the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic by failing to account for a drop in driving and crashes. The lawsuits acknowledge …

GEICO Loses Appeal that Sought Coverage From Another Insurer for Lamborghini Crash

In a dispute between two insurers, a federal appellate court ruled that GEICO is solely liable for the cost of replacing a Lamborghini worth more than $100,000 that was totaled in a collision with another vehicle. A panel of the …

GEICO Taps Shafner as General Counsel, O’Keefe as Info Chief; Larguet to Operations

Auto insurer GEICO recently named a new officer and promoted two others. Jonathan Shafner was promoted to vice president and general counsel, and John O’Keefe was promoted to vice president and chief information security officer with responsibility for data operations, …

Berkshire Insurance Units Hold Their Own While Pandemic Slams Other Buffett Firms

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. had a tough second quarter with the pandemic taking a toll on most of its operating businesses including Precision Castparts aircraft parts, the BNSF railroad, Occidental Petroleum Corp., Kraft Heinz Co. and retailers including See’s Candies that …

Geico Sued for Alleged ‘Woefully Inadequate’ Coronavirus Auto Insurance Discount

Berkshire Hathaway’s Geico, the country’s second largest auto insurer, is being targeted by a potential class action for allegedly overcharging its policyholders during the pandemic. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Illinois alleges that the 15% “Geico Giveback” premium …

Berkshire Discloses Q1 Insurance Results; Buffett Talks Coronavirus Impact

Berkshire Hathaway’s property/casualty insurance and reinsurance businesses reported a first quarter underwriting profit of $747 million before taxes, nearly double the pretax underwriting profit of $377 million recorded for first-quarter 2019. Property/casualty and life insurance and reinsurance businesses combined recorded …

Virtual ‘Woodstock for Capitalists’ May Show How Buffett’s Handling Coronavirus

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s annual meeting will be nothing like the extravaganzas of years past, but will give Warren Buffett a chance to show how resilient his cash-rich conglomerate may be to the coronavirus pandemic, and the investment opportunities it offers. …

Progressive, Travelers, USAA Latest to Offer Insureds Discounts, Other Accommodations

More insurers are coming forward every day with discounts, extended coverage and relaxed payment terms for insureds affected by shelter-in-place and other conditions required during the coronavirus crisis. Progressive Insurance announced it is providing approximately $1 billion to its drivers …

GEICO, Farmers, Liberty Mutual Join Insurers Giving Breaks to Drivers, Businesses

More auto insureds and small businesses are getting a break on their insurance premiums to help them through the coronavirus crisis. Auto insurer GEICO said it will give back approximately $2.5 billion in the form of a 15 percent credit …