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Unlicensed Greenhouses and Mold Prompt Extensive Recalls and Returns, Showing Cannabis Industry Risk

On August 19, CannTrust Holdings Inc. announced that the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) was returning its entire $2.2 million inventory of CannTrust products. The return is in response to the suspension of CannTrust’s sales and shipments last month, after a Health Canada inspection revealed the company had grown plants in several unlicensed greenhouses. Prior to…

StockX, Poshmark, Capital One Breaches Highlight Data Security Risks

On August 1, TechCrunch reported that online retailer StockX did not reveal that it had suffered a data breach in May that exposed 6.8 million user records. Within days of discovering the breach, StockX emailed users and instructed them to change their passwords following what the company referred to as system updates on its platform,…

Fire Destroys Jim Beam Warehouse, Bourbon Plume Pollutes Rivers

On July 2, lightning struck and ignited a fire at two Jim Beam distillery warehouses in Versailles, Kentucky. The fire, fueled by the 45,000 barrels—over 2 million gallons—of bourbon, burned for several days and reduced one warehouse and its contents to rubble. Bourbon from barrels destroyed in the fire flowed from the site into nearby…

Extreme Heat, Power Outages Disrupt Business and Events

Temperatures near and in the triple digits have scorched the U.S. Midwest, Northeast and parts of Canada this month, accompanied by blackouts, extreme weather and other heat-related headaches. On July 19, violent thunderstorms in Michigan cut power to a half million people in the Greater Detroit area. Earlier that day an unexplained explosion and fire…

California Earthquakes Prompt Homeowners, Businesses to Examine Exposures

On July 5, approximately 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Ridgecrest, California residents experienced a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, only 34 hours after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the same location. Fortunately, there were no deaths. As homeowners and businesses evaluate damage, early estimates predict at least $100 million in losses. California is the site of more…

License Plate Photos Compromised in US Customs Contractor Cyberattack

The United States has 328 ports of entry. Each day more than 1 million individuals enter or leave the country; their movements and identities are recorded for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to use under a strict data policy that stresses use limitation and information security. Despite the CBP’s stringent precautions, the agency announced…

Perdue Foods’ Third Recall Raises Concerns for Companies and Consumers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Perdue Foods’ third major product recall of 2019 in a news release on May 31. The company recalled approximately 31,703 pounds of frozen and refrigerated chicken products for potentially containing foreign materials. In early January Perdue Foods also recalled approximately 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken breast nuggets due to…

National Boating Safety Week Begins While Accident Numbers Climb

May 18 marks the beginning of National Safe Boating Week, a project of the National Safe Boating Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Service. Set before Memorial Day, when boating season begins in earnest, the annual campaign provides free resources and education, seeking to raise public awareness of life-saving safety measures such…

60 Percent of Art Damage Claims Arise from Transport

According to the 2019 Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report, more artwork is fetching higher sale prices worldwide. Art sales at auctions, art fairs and online reached $67.4 billion in 2018, up 6 percent from the previous year. With the network of dealers and collectors spread across the globe, more art winds up…

Study Reveals Two Out of Three Hotels Inadvertently Leak Guests’ Data

On April 10, Symantec released a study showing two-thirds of hotel websites leak guests’ booking details to third-party sites. Marriott International, which experienced a massive data breach in November 2018, was not included in that study. On February 14, the City of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Marriott International for that breach that exposed the…

Autonomous Ships Shaping New Coverage Considerations

As the global economy expands and oceans become more crowded, the shipping industry is looking to autonomous ships to reduce accidents, increase efficiencies and cut costs. Last month a Dutch consortium engaged a vessel equipped with collision avoidance technology in 11 test scenarios in the North Sea, and earlier this month the Maritime and Port…

Harassment Claims Rise in the Wake of #MeToo, Reports EEOC

As society’s focus on sexual harassment grows, so too does the number of people filing claims against employers. According to a report released last week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), harassment claims rose 13.6 percent from 2017 to 2018. A 2019 study by NAVEX Global found an 18 percent increase in employee-reported cases…

Boeing’s 737 Max Production Slowdowns, Legal Battles Highlight Supply-Chain Vulnerabilities

After two devastating crashes that resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives, Boeing has grounded its 737 Max planes. Multiple sources have linked the crashes—Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March 2019—to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), the plane’s automatic safety system, though the U.S. Federal…

Electric Scooter Sharing Programs: Balancing Convenience with Coverage

Electric scooter (e-scooter) sharing programs continue to flourish in cities worldwide, including hundreds in the U.S., Europe, and new expansions into Canada. E-scooter companies, such as Bird and Lime, put “dockless” electric scooters on city sidewalks for riders to pick up, use and set down at their destination. Scooters represent a burgeoning trend known as “micromobility,”…