Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:48:37 +0000
Minnesota motorists would be required to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving under a bill that passed the state House on Monday night, after sponsors said the measure will cut down on distracted driving and save …
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:36:50 +0000
Georgia’s timber industry is facing many headwinds as it seeks to recover from the severe damage wrought by Hurricane Michael late last year. The storm erased three-quarters of a billion dollars in timber, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Aside f...
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:11:35 +0000
The National Weather Service has confirmed a 16th tornado from an outbreak that left damage across Alabama last week. Forecasters say a small twister with winds of up to 65 mph (105 kph) was on the ground for a little …
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:00:46 +0000
Lyft Inc. executives are focused on cutting insurance costs and will phase in self-driving vehicles on simple routes first, they said at a road show for investors ahead of the ride-hailing company’s initial public offering set for next week. Reducing …
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:00:20 +0000
Hurricanes Florence and Michael will never ravage the Americas again. The two names have been stricken from the official list of Atlantic storms after killing nearly 100 people in the U.S. South last year, the National Hurricane Center said in …
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:00:16 +0000
A union organizing Amazon.com Inc. employees in New York has filed a complaint accusing the company of illegally firing one of the labor group’s most prominent supporters. The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union submitted a complaint Wednesda...
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:00:16 +0000
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday put in jeopardy an $8.5 million settlement Google made with users to resolve a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating their privacy by sharing users’ search queries with other websites. The justices, in …
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:00:13 +0000
The billionaire family that owns opioid-maker Purdue Pharma LP has been accused by local governments in a new lawsuit of causing the nationwide public-health crisis involving pain-killing medicines that has left hundreds of thousands of Americans dead ...
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:00:07 +0000
The National Rifle Association won permission from a judge to question a former New York regulatory official under oath in a lawsuit claiming the state illegally discouraged banks and insurers from doing business with the organization after a spate of …
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:26:12 +0000
The federal flood insurance program has a knack for inspiring ideas from reformers across the political spectrum on how to improve government. If some of today’s reformers get their way, flood insurance will become a mandatory topic at real estate …
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:11:00 +0000
The Main Street America Group, a super-regional property/casualty insurance company, has announced the promotions of Jeff Kusch and Chris Listau to president roles of their respective divisions. Kusch, president of field operations, and Listau, preside...
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 01:21:04 +0000
A string of small Missouri towns prepared for the next deluge along the raging Missouri River on Wednesday after flooding wreaked nearly $1.5 billion in damage in Nebraska, killing at least four people and leaving another man missing. High water …
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:00:39 +0000
After only a year into his job as CEO and president of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Roy Wright is setting the place on fire. The IBHS conducted a demonstration in early March simulating an active wildfire …
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:51:42 +0000
Relation Insurance Services has named Sean Brennan an account executive at Pan American Insurance Services, a Relation company. Brennan will be based in Relation’s Walnut Creek, Calif., office. He will work on increasing Pan American’s footprint in the...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:16:36 +0000
Since California implemented its workers’ compensation formulary last year, an increasing share of drugs prescribed to injured workers are either “Exempt” from prospective utilization review or “Not Listed” in the formulary, while “Non-Exempt” drugs th...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:27:19 +0000
A Travis County body shop owner has been sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to reporting wrecks that never took place and damaging vehicles to increase insurance payouts, the Texas Department of Insurance reported. The fraud took …
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:17:11 +0000
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa (FMH) has a new web-based tool designed to help FMH insurance agencies identify growth opportunities. The new tool, called FMH Bridge, was developed in collaboration with FindBob, a tech start-up company focuse...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:14:50 +0000
The Nebraska Farm Bureau president says farm and ranch losses to the devastating flooding could reach $1 billion in the state. President Steve Nelson estimates $400 million on crop losses because of crops that will be planted late _ if …
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:10:31 +0000
Firefighters on Wednesday extinguished a fire at a Mitsui & Co. petrochemical storage site outside Houston that has been billowing acrid smoke for days, the company said. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co. in Deer Park, Texas, was …
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:05:56 +0000
Ohio is suing a company that managed prescription benefits for the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, seeking to recover nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges for the fund for injured workers. Attorney General Dave Yost says OptumRx Administrat...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:03:21 +0000
Baton, Rouge, Louisiana-based workers’ compensation insurer, LWCC, has hired David White as vice president, chief internal auditor. White brings over 40 years of audit experience in the insurance, reinsurance, telecommunications and retail industries, ...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:47:30 +0000
The unexpected blizzard that swept through the Yakima Valley on Feb. 9 was just one more clobbering for the region’s dairy farms. The number of dairy farms in the state has plummeted from 2,500 in 1993 to 377 in 2018, …
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:41:39 +0000
Gov. Doug Ducey has chosen the head of the state’s insurance department to also serve as interim director of Arizona’s financial institutions agency while the two are consolidated. Keith Schraad has directed the Arizona Department of Insurance since Fe...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:49:49 +0000
A Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that an insurance company is responsible for insuring alleged property damage caused by its subcontractor client, vacating an earlier Superior Court decision that the insurer has no duty to defend the subcontract...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:47:52 +0000
Women suffer 70 percent of all nonfatal assault-related injuries involving days away from work and are disproportionately impacted by other safety issues, according to an analysis by the National Safety Council. The number of women who incurred assault...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:09:09 +0000
Facebook Inc has agreed to change its paid advertising platform as part of a wide-ranging settlement to prevent discriminatory and “harmful” practices, the company and U.S. civil rights groups said on Tuesday. Under the agreement, Facebook will create ...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:07:34 +0000
Meeker Sharkey & Hurley has appointed Peter Rosky as senior vice president and practice leader of Employee Benefits to lead the insurance agency’s team of employee benefits professionals. Meeker Sharkey & Hurley is a provider of employee benefits, risk...
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:55:40 +0000
A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused cancer, a blow to the company eight months after another jury issued a $289 million verdict over similar claims in a different case. Tuesday’s unanimous jury decision …
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:25:48 +0000
Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, has made some progress restoring operations but is not yet back to normal after it was hit by a ransomware cyber attack, the company said on Wednesday. After the attack late …
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:07:42 +0000
Mozambique’s death toll from flooding in the wake of Cyclone Idai more than doubled as relief workers struggled to deal with the devastation wrought by the storm. The number of dead has increased to 202, Mozambique’s cabinet said, as it …