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

Researchers Fight Foodborne Illness With Bacteria

Foodborne illnesses pose a serious health concern for consumers and a potentially devastating risk to the companies associated with outbreaks. Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries reportedly laid off 37 percent of its workforce earlier this year after a …
Source: Journal USA

Fitch: Overall P/C Insurance Reserves Adequate; Prior Years’ Favorable Development Continues

Property/casualty insurers continued to take down loss reserves for prior years in 2014, which marked the ninth straight calendar year of favorable development for the industry in aggregate, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. Fitch also estimates that …
Source: Insurance Journal

J.M. Wilson Hires Stum as Transportation Underwriter

J.M. Wilson has added Danyelle Stum as transportation underwriter in its Carmel, Ind., office. Stum will quote new and renewal transportation accounts, and serve independent insurance agents in Indiana. Prior to joining J.M. Wilson, Stum was a processor for …
Source: Insurance Journal

Gallagher scoops up Strathearn from AUB (updated)

AUB Group (formerly Austbrokers Holdings) has sold its shareholding in major broker Strathearn to Arthur J Gallagher…

Source: Insurance News Australia

Massachusetts Rejects Mapfre’s Ice-Dam Deductible Request

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance recently denied a request by Mapfre USA Corp. to add an ice-dam deductible to some homeowners policyholders who previously had multiple ice-dam . Mapfre USA Corp., the largest commercial home insurer in Massachusetts, had asked …
Source: Insurance Journal

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner to Step Down

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm is stepping down. Hamm tells The Associated Press he will not seek re-election in 2016. Hamm says he has not decided what he will do in the future. The 44-year-old Republican was appointed insurance …
Source: Insurance Journal

Moody’s: Improving U.S. economy and rising rates to benefit insurers in 2016

The outlook is stable for all insurers, except for global reinsurance, panelists predict.
Source: Property Casualty 360

California DMV puts brakes on self-driving car technology

Fully autonomous vehicles aren’t ready for prime time, as far as California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is concerned.
Source: Property Casualty 360

LA County Considering Mandatory Insurance For Gun Owners

In the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks that killed 14 people¸ Los Angeles County officials are considering a step that many have considered on the heels of great gun violence – mandating that all firearms owners buy insurance. The proposal is being considered alongside several others officials say may “further prevent violence and improve safety in the workplace and public settings.” County lawyers¸ public safety and mental health officials were asked to look at the potential measures and report back on their efficacy.
Source: The Page – USA

Rural Idaho Homeowners Out Of Luck For Fire Protection Services

A house fire almost completely destroyed a home early Tuesday in an unincorporated section of south Latah County that is not part of a city or rural fire protection district¸ the Latah County Sheriff’s Office said. The occupants of the residence¸ located on Cedar Ridge Road about 12 miles east of Kendrick and 15 miles east of Juliaetta¸ were able to escape without injury after smoke was detected. They reported it to authorities at about 3:30 a.m. “It’s disheartening for something like this to happen. We’re in this business to be helping people¸” Juliaetta Fire Chief Mike McGee said.
Source: The Page – USA

J.M. Wilson Adds Montgomery as Asst. Underwriter in Missouri

J.M. Wilson has hired Ashley Montgomery as assistant underwriter in its Kansas City, Mo., office. Montgomery assists the property/casualty and transportation underwriting departments with setting up and binding policies for issuance, corresponding with company underwriters, and serving independent insurance agents in …
Source: Insurance Journal