Claims Magazine-June 2005

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  • Dangerous Dogs Worry Lawmakers

    staff Writer

    The Washington State Legislature is weighing a bill that would prevent insurers from altering existing on the basis that applicants or insureds own specific breeds of dog.

  • LA Claim Adjuster Embezzles $490,000

    staff Writer

    A former American Financial Group claim adjuster and litigation specialist has been charged with embezzling his employer out of more than $490,000 during his employment in the Los Angeles area office.

  • CSI Team Tracks Murderous Mold

    staff Writer

    Ripping its plot lines from the headlines, the original CSI television series recently ran an episode in which mold was the culprit, as well as the instrument of justice.

  • CPCU Ads Polish Industry's Reputation

    staff Writer

    The CPCU Society, the professional association for nearly 28,000 Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, has launched an advertising campaign.

  • Unprepared Americans Encounter Fire Risks

    staff Writer

    Nearly 4,000 people die each year in fires at home, according to a new study released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration.

  • Legislation Approves Asbestos Reform

    staff Writer

    In a 32 to 8 vote, the Florida Senate enacted asbestos and silica litigation legislation that previously had been approved by the state's house.

  • Hartford Revises Claim Handling

    staff Writer

    For accounts with unique handling requirements, a claim service model that lies somewhere between standard claim handling and a third party administrator now is available at the Hartford.

  • Whitten Named BSA Loss Control Director

    staff Writer

    Brentwood Service Administrators, a specialty insurance brokerage based in Brentwood, Tenn., has promoted Rick Whitten, in the Charlotte, N.C., office, to director of loss control services.

  • SCRS Elects Board

    staff Writer

    The Society of Collision Repair Specialists has chosen its 2005-2006 board of directors.

  • IIABA Names Officers

    staff Writer

    The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's national board has nominated Alex Soto, CPCU, ARM, the association's president-elect and has named Robert E. Fulwider the next vice president.

  • Moulton Claim Team Expands

    staff Writer

    Moulton Claim Service, a claim investigation and resolution firm in Colorado, has added two claim professionals to its staff.

  • Keane Offers Compliance Aid

    staff Writer

    In order to help companies meet the stringent compliance requirements of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Keane Organization has launched Business Risk Management Solutions.

  • IASA Offers Executive Education

    staff Writer

    The Insurance Accounting & System Association has designed an executive education program to target senior financial and technology insurance company executives for peer-to-peer education and networking opportunities.

  • Study Finds Tort Reform Frivolous

    staff Writer

    Changing the U.S. tort system will have little effect on the economy and might even hurt job creation, according to a recent study from the Economic Policy Institute, in Washington, D.C.

  • Securing Commercial Interests

    Ken Brownlee

    Security -- the state of feeling safe, free from anxiety or fear -- has become big business, both for commercial and governmental entities.

  • A Global Perspective

    Elise M. Farnham

    Around the World in 80 Days. In today's world of high-speed transportation and electronic communication, such a long trip sounds sort of quaint.

  • Empathizing with Customers

    Carl Van

    In this eight-part series, Carl Van shares his thoughts on the characteristics of the awesome adjuster.

  • NAMIC Surveys State Clue Laws

    staff Writer

    As anecdotal evidence regarding adverse underwriting decisions spreads among insureds by word of mouth, many are complaining to their departments of insurance and their elected representatives.

  • Computer Forensics: Fighting Fraud Bit by Bit

    Mark Burge

    Just three years ago, the majority of the questions we fielded came from insurance professionals trying to contain their panic as they learned that computer data can be retrieved, even though it has been deleted.

  • First-Quarter Cat Losses Cost Insurers $2.1 Billion

    staff Writer

    U.S. property and casualty insurers are expected to pay homeowners and businesses an estimated $2.1 billion for insured property loss claims from eight catastrophes in the first quarter of 2005.

  • OSHA Identifies Worst Employers

    staff Writer

    Approximately 14,000 employers have been notified that injury and illness rates at their work sites are higher than average, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

  • ABA, AIA Discuss Insurance Litigation

    staff Writer

    The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and the American Insurance Association have scheduled their second joint insurance litigation conference.

  • IIABA Explores Flood Insurance Reform

    staff Writer

    The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America recently submitted testimony to the House Financial Service Committee on ways to reform the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • Licensing Bill Targets Teen Drivers

    staff Writer

    The senate is considering a National Graduated Driver Licensing Incentive Grant Program that would phase young beginners into full driving privileges as they mature and develop driving skills.

  • House Considers Revised Right to Repair

    staff Writer

    U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R.-Texas), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced new legislation that is a scaled-back version of last year's Motor Vehicle Owner's Right to Repair Act.

  • Managing and Investigating EPL Claims

    Kathleen M. Bonczyk

    Employment law constitutes one of the fastest growing categories of civil litigation and has given rise to an increasing need for employment practice liability insurance.

  • Risk Manager Program Offers New Designation

    staff Writer

    A new education and designation program specifically for risk management education specialists has been developed by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research and the Texas Schools Risk Manager Association.

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