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Berkshire Hathaway in Talks to Sell Workers’ Compensation Unit Applied Underwriters
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is in advanced discussions to sell its Applied Underwriters workers compensation unit to a consortium of insurance firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The deal would be a rare divestment by Buffett, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 7:56 PM
TxDOT: Traffic Fatalities Increased in Energy Producing Regions
Booming energy production has brought jobs and economic gains to communities throughout Texas, but also an unintended consequence with a rise in traffic fatalities and injuries, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports. In 2017, more than 194,000 crashes — …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:47 PM
Louisiana Officials Warn of Goods Stolen from Storage Units, Sheds
Authorities are telling residents in one part of Louisiana to check sheds, patios and self-storage units to see whether anything’s missing, even a kitchen sink. They’re also telling self-storage business owners to check for signs of tampering, and for locked …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:36 PM
Arkansas Panel Approves Rules for Use of Previously Banned Herbicide
An Arkansas panel has adopted a plan to allow restricted use of an herbicide banned in the wake of complaints that it drifted onto crops and caused damage. The Arkansas Plant Board voted after a 91/2-hour public hearing on Feb. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:30 PM
Illinois EPA Shuts Medical Instrument Sterilization Facility Due to Pollution
A suburban Chicago plant that sterilizes medical instruments with a chemical believed to be cancer causing has been shut by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The state EPA issued a seal order for Sterigenics U.S. in Willowbrook. The agency said …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:28 PM
Nationwide Insurance Cuts more Jobs in Iowa
Nationwide Insurance has more than doubled the number of Des Moines job cuts it announced last fall. Nationwide said in November that about 80 workers in Des Moines would lose their jobs as part of a company effort to eliminate …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:25 PM
Bill Creating North Dakota Health Reinsurance Pool Advances
Proposed legislation in North Dakota that would establish invisible reinsurance pool for the individual health insurance market, unanimously passed the North Dakota House of Representatives, the state insurance department announced. HB 1106 was developed and proposed by the North Dakota …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:22 PM
California Bill Would Make Clergy Report Abuse Revealed in Confessions
A California lawmaker says clergy should be required to report suspected child abuse and neglect even if they learn of it during confession. Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill said the bill he introduced Wednesday is “about the safety and protection of …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:15 PM
Washington Dairy Farms Take $4M Hit from Cows Lost in Blizzard
Officials say the more than 1,800 dairy cows that died in a blizzard in southern Washington state earlier this month were a nearly $4 million loss, not including the lost milk production. Farm Service Agency program specialist Gerri Richter tells …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:07 PM
Data Mistake Exposed Names of 974,000 University of Washington Patients
University of Washington Medicine says a website server inadvertently made internal files concerning nearly 1 million patients available on the internet. The organization said the files contained patients’ names and medical record numbers but no medical records, financial information or …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:03 PM

News – Claims Journal

Virginia Lawmakers Approve Speeding Tickets Triggered by Cameras in Highway Work Zones
For the first time in Virginia, police officers could issue speeding tickets through the mail – without pulling over the speeding motorist – under legislation sitting on Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk. SB 1521, which cleared its final hurdle in the …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:04 PM
Dad Sues College in Connecticut Over Alleged Unsafe Conditions for Daughter
A Connecticut father has sued his daughter’s former college, saying the school failed to keep her safe. The Connecticut Post reports that Paul Lisi, of Monroe, says in the suit that his daughter was assaulted twice while attending Albertus Magnus …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:57 PM
California Bill Would Require Clergy to Report Abuse Disclosed in Confessions
A California lawmaker said this week that the state should require clergy members to report suspected child abuse or neglect even if they learn of it during confession. Clergy members are among a list of more than 40 “mandated reporters,” …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:48 PM
New York City Owes FEMA $5 Million for Fraudulent Superstorm Sandy Claims
New York City has reached a tentative settlement to pay back $5.3 million obtained through fraudulent claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Superstorm Sandy. The New York Times says the city got relief funds for supposedly storm-damaged Department …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:44 PM
A History Lesson on Insurance and the Local Economy for Insurance Careers Month
February is Insurance Careers Month and since insurance has been so good to my house, I feel compelled to participate. To paraphrase an old comedian, “If it hadn’t been for insurance, I would be in insurance today.” Our friends at …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:32 PM
Florida Charges Woman with Unlicensed Claims Adjusting of Hurricane Irma Damages
A Florida woman has been arrested for alleged unlicensed practice of public adjusting and grand theft related to Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Mary Bruce is accused of attempting to steal more …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:12 PM
Costs of Cyber Attacks Can Doom Small, Medium Firms: Chubb
The average price tag for a business to recover after a cyber attack is $400,000, which can be fatal for small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to a report published by Chubb. This hefty cost of repairing the business and its reputation …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:04 PM
Nike Basketball Shoe Failure Could Trigger Product Liability Claim
The high-profile failure of a Nike Inc. basketball shoe on Wednesday night was more than an epic embarrassment for the athletic brand. It could be a product-liability case. Duke University star freshman Zion Williamson — the consensus No. 1 pick …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 4:01 PM
U.S. to Require Regional Response Teams for Oil Train Derailments
Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments. The new rule is aimed at having crews and equipment ready in the event of an accident. It applies …

POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 3:44 PM
Website Lists Coaches Banned from U.S. Olympics
An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S. Olympic system because of sex-abuse allegations, doping positives and other …

POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 3:16 PM

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