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Analysts Affirm CNA Ratings As Insurer Continues Probe of Cyber Attack

CNA Financial Corp.’s financial ratings have not been affected by the insurer’s recent cyber attack. AM Best, S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings all affirmed their current ratings and outlooks for CNA and its subsidiaries and said they believe the …

Insurers Looking Into Rise in Lawsuits Against Firms Over Lack of Diversity

U.S. insurers are taking a closer look at the recruiting and succession practices of corporate customers, worried about mounting lawsuits over a lack of diversity among top executives and directors, industry sources said. Insurers are meeting company officials to examine …

Mining Giants BHP, Vale Accused of Colluding to Cut Payouts to Victims of Dam Collapse

Brazilian federal prosecutors have accused mining giants BHP and Vale of colluding with a lawyer to reduce compensation for victims of a fatal dam collapse and interfere with a landmark lawsuit against BHP in the UK. A mining waste dam …

Australia’s Westpac Takes A$1.2B Charge Against Q2 Earnings for Laundering, Refunds

Westpac Banking Corp. has taken a A$1.2 billion ($871 million) charge against second-half earnings to cover a record money-laundering fine and the mounting cost of compensating customers for years of misconduct. The charge is the latest blow to Australia’s oldest …

European Insurers Worried Regulators May Block COVID-19 Dividends

Global regulators should not ban insurers from paying dividends as a result of COVID-19 and should give firms more time to report their capital positions, European insurers said on Monday. The pandemic will likely lead to between $50 and $100 …

Coordinated Twitter Hacking Raises Concerns About Platform’s Security

The extraordinary hacking spree that hit Twitter on Wednesday, leading it to briefly muzzle some of its most widely followed accounts, is drawing questions about the platform’s security and resilience in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election. Twitter said …

Mining Groups Should Be Required to Buy Insurance for Tailings Dams: Report

Mining companies should be required to buy private insurance for tailings dams and their board of directors should be held legally responsible for any disasters, a coalition of 140 environmental groups said in a report published on Tuesday. The recommendations, …

Insurers Must Re-Think Pandemic Response or Risk Reputational Damage: UK’s Airmic

Airmic, the UK association for risk and insurance professionals, has urged the insurance market to adopt a more responsible and business sensitive position on the COVID-19 pandemic or risk long-term damage to trust and reputation and loss of customers. “With …

British Court Awards $11 Million to EY Whistleblower Who Exposed Money Laundering

A British court awarded $11 million in damages and expenses on Friday [April 17] to a former partner at global accounting firm Ernst & Young who exposed money laundering at a major gold refinery in the United Arab Emirates. Amjad …

Australia’s Westpac Expects $578M Fine for Money Laundering Linked to Child Abuse

Australia’s Westpac Banking Corp said it expects a A$900 million ($578 million) fine over accusations it enabled millions of illegal payments including between known child sex offenders, the first time it has put a price on the scandal. The country’s …