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14 10, 2020

Indiana Court: Allstate Liable in Fatal Crash Because Victim Was a ‘Resident Relative’

By | October 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Indiana Court: Allstate Liable in Fatal Crash Because Victim Was a ‘Resident Relative’

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Allstate must pay $25,000 in uninsured motorist benefits to the estranged husband of a woman who died while riding as a passenger in a car crash after moving back in with her parents. …

8 10, 2020

Top 10 Reasons P/C Insurers Run Afoul of Regulators’ Market Conduct Exams

By | October 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 10 Reasons P/C Insurers Run Afoul of Regulators’ Market Conduct Exams

Claims errors continue to be the most frequent reason that property/casualty insurers are cited by regulators when responding to market conduct complaints or during routine examinations, according to a report by Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions. Kathy Donovan, lead researcher for …

5 10, 2020

Insurers Gain Early Wins in COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits

By | October 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Insurers Gain Early Wins in COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits

Insurers have succeeded in dismissing COVID-19 business-interruption lawsuits in 17 out of 23 cases heard so far, with a growing number of judges finding that some tangible alteration of a property is required to trigger coverage under commercial property policies. …

28 09, 2020

Even Failed Claims Against Nurses Cost Insurers $20K, Liability Study Shows

By | September 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Even Failed Claims Against Nurses Cost Insurers $20K, Liability Study Shows

Liability claims that involve nurses cost an average of $210,513 if a large indemnity payment is made, but even claims that are dropped, defeated or dismissed end up costing more than $20,000, according to a report released by CNA and …

9 09, 2020

American Impressionist Painting Missing Since 1995 Turns Up at Museum Exhibit

By | September 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on American Impressionist Painting Missing Since 1995 Turns Up at Museum Exhibit

A painting by American artist Robert Spencer, missing since 1995, was recovered after a Pennsylvania art museum included it in an exhibit. Christopher A. Marinello, owner of Art Recovery International, said one of his researchers spotted a notice in November …

9 09, 2020

Plaintiffs Suffer Another Loss in Michigan COVID-19 Business Interruption Suit

By | September 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Plaintiffs Suffer Another Loss in Michigan COVID-19 Business Interruption Suit

Another federal court has dismissed a COVID-19 business interruption lawsuit, finding that a closure order does not constitute a covered “direct physical loss” and that the policy excluded damages caused by viruses anyway. The ruling by the U.S. District Court …

4 09, 2020

Owners Say Insurance Inadequate to Cover Demolition of Riot-Destroyed Buildings

By | September 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Owners Say Insurance Inadequate to Cover Demolition of Riot-Destroyed Buildings

Some commercial property owners whose businesses were torched by rioters are learning that they don’t have enough insurance to clear away the debris. The StarTribune newspaper reported that many property owners in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area purchased policies that limit …

1 09, 2020

Employers Must Pay Employees for All Hours Worked, Including Work at Home

By | September 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Employers Must Pay Employees for All Hours Worked, Including Work at Home

The U.S. Labor Department is reminding employers that they must make a reasonable effort to keep track of all hours worked by non-exempt employees — even those working varied hours from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department’s Wage …

11 08, 2020

COVID-19 a Growing Share of Shrinking Work Comp Claims in 2 States

By | August 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on COVID-19 a Growing Share of Shrinking Work Comp Claims in 2 States

COVID-19 has become a large chunk of a dwindling number of workers’ compensation claims in Florida and California, limited data shows. The number of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims reported in California more than quadrupled to 22,621 since the last data …

26 05, 2020

California Workers’ Comp Bureau Lowers Mid-Range Estimate of COVID Costs by $10B

By | May 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on California Workers’ Comp Bureau Lowers Mid-Range Estimate of COVID Costs by $10B

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California published estimated costs of allowing state workers to receive benefits for COVID-19 claims without proving virus exposure at work, dropping a prior mid-range estimate by $10 billion. In a report published on …