Self-Evaluation: It's a Privilege

States are providing protection from lawsuits to insurers that audit themselves and correct any compliance errors voluntarily.
Source: Property Casualty 360

Lawyer Says Massachusetts Runaway Train Conductor Didn’t Tie Open Throttle

Massachusetts transit investigators looking into a runaway train are recommending that the operator be fired even as a lawyer for the driver said he denies tying a rope or cord around the train’s throttle to force it open, as authorities …
Source: Journal USA

Personal Lines Carriers’ Catastrophe Planning Sound, but Room for Improvement Noted

Insurers can’t predict when catastrophes occur, but they can refine management plans to be better prepared for the next event, according to the Property Claim Services Personal Lines Planning and Response Report, a new benchmarking study published recently. The report …
Source: Journal USA

Marketform M&A Underwriter O’Reilly Moves to London as Sector Expands

Specialist Lloyd’s underwriter Marketform announced that M&A underwriter Astrid O’Reilly is relocating from Singapore to London as the company looks to strengthen the M&A product offering within the European markets. She joined Marketform in June 2015 and, successfully set up …
Source: Insurance Journal

Poirier Named New Church Mutual CEO

Wisconsin-based Church Mutual Insurance Company, a provider of insurance services to religious organizations and schools in all 50 states, announced the planned succession of the company’s senior executive leadership. Michael E. Ravn, chief executive officer, will retire effective January 8, …
Source: Journal USA

Workplaces Review Emergency Plans After California Shootings

The terror attack at a social services facility in California has become a sobering reminder to companies of how vulnerable workplaces can be when employees are confronted with active shooters. Since a gun-wielding husband-and-wife team killed 14 and wounded 21 …
Source: Journal USA

Small, Medium Businesses Fear Loss of Customer Data, Reputational Damage From Cyber Attack

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) around the world are making greater use of the internet and are therefore becoming more exposed to potential cyber risks threats. Zurich’s survey reveals: SMEs’ greatest fear is loss of customer data and damage to …
Source: Journal USA

Many Michigan Business Owners Expect to Hire, Raise Wages in 2016

Small- to mid-sized business owners are experiencing substantial growth and are poised to reinvest in their business and employees in 2016, according to the November 2015 Michigan Future Business Index (posted below). The index is published in partnership with Accident Fund …
Source: Insurance Journal

Study: Billions at Stake if Pace of Land Loss Continues on Louisiana Coast

A new state study places a price tag on the costs Louisiana could suffer if land loss continues at the pace predicted by scientists — and it’s in the billions of dollars. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority commissioned the …
Source: Insurance Journal

Industry praises delay of 'Cadillac tax,' passage of Policyholder Protection Act

The PPA reaffirms that insurance state regulators have the authority to safeguard the capital of insurance companies that are part of larger financial institutions.
Source: Property Casualty 360

Scottsdale Insurance’s Miller Departs to Lead Parent Nationwide’s Venture Arm

Michael Miller, the longtime president and chief operating officer of Scottsdale Insurance Co., has quietly moved onto a new executive role with corporate parent Nationwide where he’ll manage and spearhead strategic investments for the insurance giant. Miller is the new …
Source: Insurance Journal

Uber barred from imposing new contract on drivers in pay lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that the reworded agreement is confusing.
Source: Property Casualty 360

McKee Risk Management Hires Prinz as Social Services VP in Penn.

McKee Risk Management Inc. in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, has hired Lisa Prinz as vice president of the Social Services Practice. Prinz was previously at Harleysville/Nationwide Insurance where she started the Human Services program. Prior to that, she was at …
Source: Insurance Journal

Fraudster Insurance Claims Photobombed By Facebook

Everyone knows selfies and social media can be fun¸ but they can also get you in trouble. A bit of trouble followed one Dublin couple who staged a car accident and claimed not to know each other but Facebook posts proved otherwise¸ the Irish Independent reported. And for another Dublin woman¸ sharing her accomplishments online led to her insurance claim being thrown out and a judge ordering her to pay costs. According to recent report by the newspaper the Irish Independent¸ David Ward was jailed for a year after claiming to have suffered spinal injuries in a car crash with Lynsey Ivory.
Source: The Page – USA

As Winter Storms Pass Watch Out For Road Hazards

Utah drivers got a break from snow Thursday¸ but the Utah Department of Transportation says roads are still dangerous. They’re urging drivers stay slow for the next couple of weeks. Black ice and potholes are among the major hazards post-storm. UDOT spokesperson John Gleason said crews were out looking for trouble spots¸ putting down brine and filling potholes. But often¸ they’re just temporary fixes as UDOT prepares for the next storm.
Source: The Page – USA

Man Charged With False Reporting And Fraudulent Insurance Claims

On December 15¸ the Johnson City Police Department arrested 71-year-old Grady Carr of 1414 Orleans St.¸ Johnson City¸ and charged him with false reporting and fraudulent insurance .
On October 21¸ Carr reported a theft of firearms from his residence. An investigation revealed information leading investigators to believe that Carr filed the report as part of an attempt to falsely claim almost $2¸700 from his insurance company.
Source: The Claims Page – USA

Researchers Develop New Framework for Measuring Distracted Driving

Past human factors/ergonomics studies have shown that some in-vehicle technologies intended to help with driving tasks are actually competing for drivers’ attention and undermining driving safety. Human factors/ergonomics studies over the past 10-plus years have examined a variety of distractors. …
Source: Journal USA

Crawford Global Technical Services Adds Seasoned Claims Adjuster Christensen to Los Angeles Team

Crawford & Company, a global independent provider of management solutions,  named Steve Christensen executive general adjuster for Crawford GTS. A 28-year industry veteran, Christensen will manage out of Crawford’s Los Angeles office. Christensen’s technical expertise spans several areas …
Source: Claims Journal USA

Omnichannel Consistency Can Boost Customer Satisfaction During the Claims Process

TeleTech Holdings, Inc.,  a provider of customer experience, engagement and growth solutions, has published research on what matters most to customers when they file a property/casualty insurance claim. The research is based on results from the 2015 TeleTech P&C Customer …
Source: Journal USA

Egypt Says Terrorism Not to Blame for Russian Jet Crash

Egypt said Monday it has not yet found any sign of terrorism in the deadly Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai desert, a preliminary finding that conflicts with Russian, U.S. and British statements that they …
Source: Journal USA