Claims Magazine-April 2005

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  • A TRIA Extension: Yes or No?

    Phil Schreiner

    I planned on addressing this question this month, but then I came upon Editor Phil Gusman's editorial in his March 14th issue of Insurance Advocate.

  • Bad Faith Quandaries

    Jim Murray

    Sophisticated insureds looking for ways to reduce their insurance premiums often elect to purchase liability insurance that is subject to a deductible or self-insured retention.

  • Do Insurers Have a Fiduciary Duty?

    Ken Brownlee

    New York's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, spoke to the National Press Club in February, discussing the recent business scandals on which he has launched a crusade.

  • Finding a Competent Restoration Firm

    David Oakes

    The ideal restoration firm should fully understand the job from the insurance company's perspective and complete the service needed in a cost-efficient manner.

  • Structured to Succeed

    Raymond Blanchfield

    At many property and casualty companies, structured settlements have gained a solid following. Yet, many claim professionals still hesitate to incorporate them into negotiations.

  • Proximity to Air Mishaps Can Prove Expensive

    William L. Hall

    A horrible legal precedent may have been established in a Chicago courtroom on March 8, 2004, in the case of Canty (N5323K)/Walker (N2071L) vs. Segal (N305MM).

  • MCW&G Adds Partner

    staff Writer

    Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, a New York-based law firm that deals in insurance litigation, has named Kenneth Labbate as partner to the firm.

  • Wheco Adds Newman, Saranovich

    staff Writer

    WHECO, a capital equipment repair and restoration company, has hired Mark Newman as general manager of its Los Angeles division.

  • NGAA Admits General Adjusters

    staff Writer

    The National General Adjuster Association recently certified three claim professionals as Registered General Adjusters.

  • ACORD Names New Board

    staff Writer

    The Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development recently elected new board members.

  • Gibboney Joins IMACC

    staff Writer

    Gary Gibboney has joined the Independent Mitigation and Cleaning/Conservation network at its Indianapolis office.

  • INSHPO Elects Officers

    staff Writer

    Elections recently took place for the positions on the executive council of the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations.

  • MetLife Acquires Travelers

    staff Writer

    MetLife has acquired Citigroup's Travelers Life & Annuity and substantially all of Citigroup's international insurance businesses for $11.5 billion, subject to closing adjustments.

  • Harnick Leads Risk Practice

    staff Writer

    Guy Carpenter & Company, part of the Marsh & McLennan Cos., has appointed Michelle Harnick to lead the firm's Structured Risk Specialty Practice.

  • EFI Changes Name

    staff Writer

    Engineering and Fire Investigations, a provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing, has changed its name to EFI Global.

  • CRDN Names Vice President

    staff Writer

    The Certified Restoration Dry cleaning Network, an organization of textile restoration specialists, appointed Jeff Schultz vice president of communication.

  • BSA Names Manus Senior Claim Rep

    staff Writer

    Brentwood Services Administrators recently named Elva Manus to the position of senior claim representative in the Charlotte office.

  • The Case of the Disappearing Sign

    Bruce Hillman, JD

    It was a dark and stormy night. The rain dripped from my fedora, as I sat at my lonely desk, looking out over the skyline (you would think that I could afford a place with a ceiling).

  • The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly

    staff Writer

    News sources around the world have picked up the story of the Italian man who chained himself to the gates of a Sicilian law court to protest delays by his insurers.

  • Travelers Dread Medical Emergencies

    staff Writer

    More than 70 percent of Americans surveyed said that their greatest concern when traveling is suffering a medical emergency, according to a poll sponsored by Chubb.

  • Congress Debates Extending TRIA

    staff Writer

    Both the House and the Senate are considering legislation that would extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.

  • Risk Managers Share Experience

    staff Writer

    The foundation was established by the Atlanta Chapter of RIMS in 1979 to honor the late Robert S. Spencer, a former president of the society.

  • House Passes Fraud Bill

    staff Writer

    House representatives in Indiana recently voted 95 to one in approval of HR 1403, a bill strengthening the penalties for insurance fraud committed in the state.

  • Claimants Need Not Own or Rent Property

    staff Writer

    The U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, has ruled that a policyholder need not own or lease a property to be eligible for business interruption coverage.

  • Consumers Support Medical Guidelines

    staff Writer

    When asked their preferences, 80 percent of American consumers would want their doctors to use established best practice guidelines for treatment and diagnosis.

  • Implications of Class Action Reform

    Erika Rosenfeld

    On Feb. 18, President Bush signed into law the Class Action Fairness Act, the first step in a wide-reaching tort reform agenda.

  • Weight Gains Provoke Disability Claim Hikes

    staff Writer

    Claims for conditions in which obesity either is a risk factor or is strongly associated have shown a striking increase in the past decade, according to a UnumProvident report.

  • PLRB Conference Promotes P&C Claim Education

    staff Writer

    Claim professionals interested in keeping current with industry trends and changes are heading to San Antonio, Texas for the upcoming Claims Conference and Insurance Services Expo.

  • Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan a Disaster?

    Staff Writer

    Although such an apocalyptic event should not be the catalyst inspiring risk managers to dust off their disaster recovery plans, South Asia's recent tsunami underscores the need to ponder and enact such plans.

  • J&B Publishes Medical Record

    staff Writer

    The Medical Record as a Forensic Resource, by Campion Quinn, is being published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

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