Claims Magazine-October 2006

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  • The "Value-Added" Tax

    Ken Brownlee

    This fall, Americans face a double whammy: hurricane season and elections!

  • Black Eye for Public Adjusters

    staff Writer

    Two licensed public adjusters working in Miami, Fla. have been arrested for submitting bogus contractor agreements.

  • Adjusting Claims of Faith

    staff Writer

    Churchgoers making a claim with GuideOne Insurance might have a few extra blessings to count.

  • Speaking Of: Fraud

    staff Writer

    Claims sat down with the National Insurance Crime Bureau's chairman, Mark Russell, to find out how adjusters can better utilize this resource.

  • NCOIL Targets Auto Fraud

    staff Writer

    Members of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) recently adopted an auto insurance fraud model act to combat illegal insurance activity.

  • Lott Tallies the Total

    staff Writer

    If Sen. Trent Lott has his way, there soon will be national legislation that requires information to be provided to consumers about vehicles that are declared total losses by insurance companies.

  • Model Building Codes Outlined for Gulf

    staff Writer

    After Katrina, several buildings were rendered inoperable because critical equipment was located at or below grade and damaged by floodwaters.

  • J.D. Powers Rates Auto Claim-Handling Practices

    staff Writer

    In a study released last month by J.D. Powers and Associates, claim handling was listed as one of the major behaviors exhibited by insurers that directly impacts customer satisfaction and loyalty.

  • Warning: EDR On Board

    staff Writer

    Automakers will be required to inform new-car buyers if an event data recorder has been installed in their vehicles under a new rule issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • How Satisfied Are Katrina Claimants?

    staff Writer

    A recent study by two trial lawyer groups makes inflammatory statements about how insurance companies handled customers and their claims after Hurricane Katrina.

  • Some Anniversaries You Just Endure

    Phil Schreiner

    You may be reading this in early October, but I'm writing it on the evening of September 11, the fifth anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. It's deja vu.

  • Applying Those Tricky Deductibles

    Susan Massmann

    The FC&S staff has received many questions about the proper way to apply a deductible. We agree, sometimes it is just plain confusing.

  • Dismissal Affirms Bad-Faith Judgment

    staff Writer

    The Superior Court ruled that the conduct of Erie Insurance Exchange in the bad-faith litigation could be considered in determining whether Erie acted in bad faith toward a policyholder.

  • Supreme Court Rules on Asbestos

    staff Writer

    The Michigan Supreme Court recently issued an order barring the consolidation of asbestos cases for settlement or trial.

  • Prescriptive Period Extended

    staff Writer

    Claims resulting from Hurricane Katrina must be settled by Aug. 29, 2007 and Hurricane Rita claims by Sept. 24, 2007.

  • RiskMeter Adds Exposure Management

    staff Writer

    CDS Business Mapping, a leader in online property risk mapping, has added an aggregate exposure module to its RiskMeter Online service.

  • Arbitration Forums Offers Subrogation Support

    staff Writer

    Arbitration Forums, a nonprofit provider of dispute resolution services, is offering an electronic channel for subrogation dealings between insurance carriers and other involved parties.

  • Are Claims Driving You Crazy?

    Barrett A. Evans,CPCU,AIC

    Property and casualty claims certainly provide a steady stream of potential anxiety-producing situations.

  • Trial or Settlement?

    Stockard Rob Hickey III

    The liability claim business is, by definition, a risky business.

  • Overworked, Underpaid, and Underappreciated?

    Eric Gilkey

    This issue marks the 16th year Claims has been polling its readers in order to gain a better understanding of salaries and working conditions for the insurance claim industry.

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