December 12, 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:46:57 +0000
The Hartford has announced that Stephanie Bush, who has led Small Commercial since July 2014, will expand her responsibilities to include oversight for Personal Lines. She replaces Ray Sprague, who is retiring after a 30-year career with The Hartford. ...
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:42:45 +0000
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wrapped up another tour of New York’s 62 counties Friday with a call for greater federal help for the state’s craft beer industry. During a stop at a brewery in the Columbia County community of Chatham, …
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:34:51 +0000
State lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation that would bar people from operating drones while drunk. The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this year, going beyond the Federal Aviation...
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:17:26 +0000
A previously unknown ring of Russian-speaking hackers has stolen as much as $10 million from U.S. and Russian banks in the last 18 months, according to a Moscow-based cyber-security firm that runs the largest computer forensics laboratory in eastern Eu...
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:03:38 +0000
After more than two years of red tape that kept tenants from moving in, China’s tallest skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower, has been quietly opening and filling office space. More than 60 companies now occupy office space on its 128 floors …
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:26:56 +0000
Zurich Insurance Group AG’s decision to acquire the life-insurance businesses of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. should help Switzerland’s biggest insurer fulfill its ambition to increase its dividend. Already famous as a dividend stock, Zur...
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:47:57 +0000
ING by the end of 2025 will stop funding any utility company which relies on coal for more than 5 percent of its energy, the Dutch bank said on Tuesday. It will, however, continue to help companies with renewable energy …
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:44:05 +0000
Jeff Harrold, chairman and chief executive officer of Lansing, Michigan-based Auto-Owners Insurance Co. and its affiliates, is retiring effective Dec. 31, 2017, the company announced. He has been with the company for more than 40 years. Harrold will be...
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:00:46 +0000
The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a chance to decide whether the main federal job-bias law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The nation’s highest court on Monday rejected an appeal by Jameka Evans, who said she was …
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:00:21 +0000
Sexual misconduct happens at work not because companies don’t publish anti-harassment policies, experts say, but because managers don’t enforce them – and because people fail to apply them to themselves. While the floodgates on reporting abuse and se...
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:00:07 +0000
Just as entrepreneurs getting into the retail pot industry need a good lawyer, some of those lawyers might be wise to consult an attorney of their own. Lawyers in the burgeoning business are entering a legal gray zone where the …
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:14:38 +0000
Authorities are investigating the death of a man at a Ford truck plant in Kentucky. Media outlets report that police responded to Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville just before 1 a.m. Saturday. Officers found emergency personnel and Ford security …
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:10:24 +0000
Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. (BSA), headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., has added Deanna Nicole Anderson as a claims assistant in its occupational injury unit in the Brentwood office, according to Jeff Pettus, president and chief executive off...
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:06:31 +0000
A former Tennessee lawmaker is suing an Illinois trucking company for injuries he received in a vehicle accident. The Kingsport Times News reports that former state Rep. Jason Mumpower, who is currently the Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed a …
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:52:12 +0000
A Houston business group said on Dec. 8 that Hurricane Harvey’s biggest long-term impact on the nation’s fourth-largest city likely will be on where and how new homes and structures are built. The results of Harvey’s flooding will likely guide …
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:48:58 +0000
A $4 million flood protection project in Bismarck set for next year will affect nearly two dozen properties that won’t be protected by the levee that’s being built. The Burleigh County Water Resource District’s project will damage driveways, sprinkler ...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:54:58 +0000
Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam during November as a Category 2 strength storm, bringing estimated economic damages of VND22.1 trillion (US$1.0 billion) – a rare billion-dollar event for the country, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfi...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:48:05 +0000
Oklahoma City-based independent insurance agency, INSURICA, has named Mark Bridges to lead its Texas operations as regional president. Bridges is currently the president of INSURICA DFB Insurance Services Inc. (formerly DFB Insurance Group LLC) and is ...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:36:28 +0000
Lockton Affinity Lawyer has added CyberLock Lawyer to its portfolio of products for lawyers and firms with one to 19 attorneys. The CyberLock Lawyer cyber risk insurance policy protects firms and attorneys from cyber risks, such as confidentiality and ...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:34:13 +0000
Several days of strong winds in late October arrived at the wrong time for many farmers who saw their crops shrink as ears of corn fell to the ground in Nebraska and western Iowa. The extent of the damage varied, …
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:30:03 +0000
Zurich Insurance Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of ANZ’s life insurance businesses, OnePath Life, in Australia, for A$2.85 billion (US$2.14 billion). Both parties expect the transaction, which is subject to...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:29:54 +0000
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Arkansas farmers received $466 million in federal “safety net” payments this year for their crop losses in 2016, third highest in the nation. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that this year’s payments are $1...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:27:34 +0000
Wisconsin regulators can’t enforce a rule requiring sprinklers in large apartment buildings, Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel said on Dec. 8 in a victory for builders looking to save on costs. The state Department of Safety and Professional Sta...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:25:27 +0000
A suburban Chicago chiropractor has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for billing an insurance company more than $4 million for treatment that was unnecessary or never provided. Federal prosecutors said Thursday 46-year-old Steven Paul of Northbroo...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:22:39 +0000
A Texas pilot who survived a 2012 Gulf of Mexico plane crash and used an iPad to record his time in the water acknowledges it was insurance-related fraud. Theodore Robert Wright III pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 in Tyler to …
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:19:33 +0000
For days after Hurricane Harvey flooded her Sour Lake, Texas, neighborhood, Deanna Coburn’s farm was silent, without its usual chorus of bleating goats and crowing roosters. The Beaumont Enterprise reports her chickens fled to the highest parts of the ...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:16:02 +0000
Authorities say that three people have been injured and 10 people left homeless after a woman accidentally started a fire while trying to kill bed bugs with rubbing alcohol at a multi-family home in Cincinnati. WXIX-TV reports it’s the second …
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:58:32 +0000
A North Carolina county recovering from a cyberattack says hackers failed in a second attempt to infiltrate their computer system. Mecklenburg County officials say foreign hackers redoubled their efforts after the county refused to pay a ransom last we...
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:40:07 +0000
Thirteen pension funds in regions and administrative units around China only have enough money to pay less than one year’s worth of pensions, media reported on Monday, as the country struggles with an aging population and shortfalls in the nation’s …
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:27:30 +0000
New Mexico’s congressional delegation is asking the federal government for help as a Native American community in the state is recovering from the effects of severe weather and flooding. The delegation says a storm in early October damaged roads, bridg...