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Royal Caribbean Cruises Faces Potential Liability for New Zealand Volcano Deaths
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s potential liability for a deadly excursion to a volcanic island in New Zealand could hinge on whether the eruption was an unforeseeable “act of God,” according to maritime lawyers. Cruise ship passengers were among the tourists …

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 12:22 AM
Topa Insurance Chief Donahue Resigns; Day Assumes Interim Role
Topa Insurance Group President and CEO John Donahue has announced his resignation from Topa Insurance Group at the end of this year. Donahue relocated to Southern California nearly six years ago for the leading role, and his decision to resign …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 10:24 PM
Judge Orders South Carolina Authorities to Protect Farmer’s Seized Hemp Crop
A judge is allowing a South Carolina hemp farmer arrested after authorities said he grew the crop in unregistered fields to harvest some of his crop and put the money in a trust as he awaits trial. The State Law …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 5:57 PM
Utah Woman Sues Mississippi Fair Over Super Slide Injury
A Utah woman sued Mississippi’s Fair Commission for negligence and emotional anguish, saying she went airborne on a 40-foot (12-meter) super slide and injured her back. Lindsay Casperson of Kaysville, Utah, filed the lawsuit against the State Fair Commission and …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 5:37 PM
10 Former NFL Players Charged in Alleged Health Insurance Fraud Scam
Ten former National Football League (NFL) players have been charged for their alleged roles in a nationwide fraud on a health care benefit program for retired NFL players, the Department of Justice said. The alleged fraud targeted the NFL Player …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 5:24 PM
Supreme Court Lets Stand American Family Ruling Agents Are Independent Contractors
The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal brought by insurance agents of American Family Insurance Co. who have claimed they were wrongly classified as independent contractors and denied benefits. The high court’s decision to not review …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 4:40 PM
Special Report: America’s Best Independent Insurance Agencies to Work For
The votes have been tallied and the results are in for the 2019 Best Independent Insurance Agency to Work For survey by Insurance Journal. The winners have been chosen by employees. Employees of the Best Agencies to Work For in …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 3:55 PM
IPO for Ping An’s OneConnect Cut in Half
China-based cloud fintech platform OneConnect Financial Technology Co. cut its planned U.S. initial public offering set for Thursday by almost half. The company, one of several Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. businesses backed by SoftBank Group Corp., said in a …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 2:46 PM
AXA XL Adds Novoa, Delaney to Environmental Insurance Team in New York
AXA XL has welcomed Senior Underwriters Odette Novoa and Erica Delaney to its Environmental insurance team in New York. Both have joined AXA XL’s Northeast regional environmental underwriting team and report to Hiral Shah, head of Environmental for the East …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 2:42 PM
McDonald’s Has Friends in High Places in High-Stakes Labor Fight
In a television commercial that’s become part of the lore surrounding Donald Trump’s affinity for McDonald’s Corp., he embraced a purple, lumpy denizen of the fast-food chain’s “McDonaldland” and said, “Together, Grimace, we could own this town.” He was talking …

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 2:33 PM

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