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Tennessee Appeals Court Says Opioid Producers Can Be Sued
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that a lawsuit against opioid makers can move forward, overturning a lower court that had dismissed the claims. At issue is whether Tennessee’s Drug Dealer Liability Act applies to U.S. Food and Drug …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 5:03 PM
Nichols Exiting Role as Workers’ Comp Manager at Insurance Council of Texas’
Steve Nichols, manager of Workers’ Compensation Services at the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT), is moving on to pursue other opportunities, the insurance trade organization reports. Nichols has been with ICT for 19 years; his last day will be Sept. …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 5:02 PM
Residents Near Tennessee Coal Plant Ask State to Test Falling Particles
Some residents living near a coal-fired power plant in Tennessee have asked the state to investigate unidentified particles they say are coating their homes. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the fine particles have fallen from the sky onto cars, driveways …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 5:01 PM
Chair of Iowa Insurance Pool Defends Out of State Resort Meetings
The chairman of an Iowa government insurance program is defending its long practice of holding public meetings at resorts in Michigan and Florida and private clubs in Iowa. Jody Smith, board chairman of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool since 1992, …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 4:48 PM
Gulf Coast Seafood Biz Slammed by Freshwater from This Year’s Floods
Fresh water from Midwestern floods has killed oysters along the coasts of three states and cost Mississippi half of its blue crabs. Water that came through a Louisiana spillway killed 95% of the oysters in Mississippi’s share of the Mississippi …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 4:44 PM
North Carolina Insurance Donor Wants Political Bribery Case Dropped
Lawyers for the North Carolina insurance magnate charged with trying to bribe the state’s top insurance regulator say the case should be dismissed because he claims he was exercising his right to support elected officials who were responsive to constituents. …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 4:42 PM
Widespread Damage, Five Deaths in Texas Linked to Imelda
The widespread damage brought to the Houston area by one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history came into broader view Saturday, as floodwaters receded to reveal the exhausting cleanup effort that lies ahead for many communities and homeowners. …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 4:34 PM
More Than 60 Rescued from Flooding after Heavy Rains in Alabama
Mobile, Ala., firefighters staged more than 60 water rescues after heavy rains prompted flooding across the city. Storms that dumped more than 7 inches of rain across Mobile in a few hours left streets and parking lots covered with water …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 4:30 PM
Michigan Classic Auto Insurer, Hagerty, Driving Into the Future
Traverse City, Michigan-based Hagerty is evolving to adapt to a changing automotive world. “Our mission as a business is to save driving and car culture for future generations,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO. “We’re not just in the insurance business. We …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 4:28 PM
Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau Plans $1.5B in Employer Dividends
Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers tells employers to watch their mailboxes as it prepares to send out dividend checks totaling around $1.5 billion. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation says strong investment returns, fewer injury claims and agency cost …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 4:18 PM

News – Claims Journal

Boeing Fund to Pay 737 MAX Crash Victims $145K Each
Boeing Co.’s $50 million financial assistance fund will pay the families of 346 people killed in two fatal 737 MAX crashes $144,500 each, the fund’s administrators said on Monday. The fund, which is overseen by Washington lawyers Ken Feinberg and …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 7:00 PM
Bus with Chinese-Speaking Tourists Crashes in Utah; 4 Dead
A tour bus crashed on a highway running through the red-rock landscape of southern Utah on Friday, killing four people from China and injuring dozens more. The bus from Southern California rolled onto a guard rail, crushing its roof and …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 3:39 PM
PG&E Attacks Rival Plan for Paying Fire Victims Before Insurers
PG&E Corp. and a group of insurers urged a judge to reject a competing reorganization plan for the bankrupt utility because the proposal would pay fire victims who lost their homes ahead of insurance companies and “unjustly enrich” bondholders including …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 3:24 PM
Boeing Max Crash Report Faces Pushback from Lion Air, Regulator
Lion Air and Indonesia’s civil aviation authority are pushing back on conclusions reached by investigators probing last year’s deadly crash of a Boeing Co. 737 Max amid concerns that too much blame is being placed on the Indonesian side, according …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 2:55 PM
U.K. Launches Massive Tourist Airlift After Thomas Cook Collapse
The U.K. government deployed the “largest repatriation in peacetime history” to bring home more than 150,000 tourists stranded on overseas beaches and in vacation hotspots by the collapse of tour operator Thomas Cook Group Plc. The massive airlift, using chartered …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 2:48 PM
U.K. Travel Insurer Contacting Clients Stranded by Collapse of Thomas Cook
Saga Plc said on Monday it was securing alternative flights, where possible, for customers who are due to travel imminently and have been impacted by the collapse of Thomas Cook. The over-50s tourism and insurance firm said in an email …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 2:43 PM
House OKs Stopgap Funding for Government, Flood Insurance Until Nov. 21; Senate Action Awaited
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last week passed a continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through Nov. 21 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month. The bipartisan vote of 301-123 saw three Democrats vote no …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 2:34 PM
PMA, Orchid Medical, Athens Group, Ametros, Hancock Make Appointments
PMA Appoints Claims Leader for the Southeast PMA Companies Insurance Group has appointed Sabrina Mitchell as claims assistant vice president for its Southeast Region. Mitchell reports to Ray DiCello, senior vice president and chief claims officer for PMA, which is …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 5:00 AM
Shady Adjuster and Alleged Fake Racist Attack Top Fraud Roundup
SoCal Adjuster Jailed for Embezzlement A former licensed public adjuster from Huntington Beach, Calif., was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and five years of felony probation after pleading guilty to three felony counts of embezzlement and one felony …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 5:00 AM
Once Hacked, Twice Shy: How Auto Supplier Harman Learned to Fight Cyber Carjackers
LAS VEGAS — When researchers remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee in 2015, slowing it to a crawl in the middle of a U.S. highway, the portal the hackers used was an infotainment system made by supplier Harman International. Harman, now …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 5:12 PM

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