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Millions of Honeybees Killed in Delta Shipping Disaster

Millions of Honeybees Killed in Delta Shipping Disaster

Millions of honeybees tragically died on a hot airport tarmac in Atlanta after a series of mistakes that occurred while the bees were being shipped from California to Alaska. According to reports, the 800-pound shipment of bees could not be accommodated on its original Delta Air Lines flight due to an aircraft change that rerouted the bees to Atlanta, where…

Labor & Staffing: Management Liability and E&O Insurance Solutions

Labor & Staffing: Management Liability and E&O Insurance Solutions

During this webinar, our experts met for a discussion on Management Liability and E&O as it relates to the risks associated with remote operations, labor shortages, and staffing companies. We discussed key coverage considerations and exclusions.

Toy Stores Under Pressure as Supply Chain Concerns Dominate Holiday Shopping Season

Toy Stores Under Pressure as Supply Chain Concerns Dominate Holiday Shopping Season

Supply chain shortages linked to seaport backlogs, a lack of truck drivers and other constraints could mean toy stores are unable to keep up with holiday shopping demands this year, setting up business owners and consumers for a season that some say will be “unlike any other.” Although President Joe Biden told retailers Nov. 29 that the White House would…

‘Rust’ Movie Set Shooting Likely to Prompt Major Lawsuits, Experts Say

‘Rust’ Movie Set Shooting Likely to Prompt Major Lawsuits, Experts Say

The accidental shooting that resulted in the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust could lead to a “tremendous legal fallout,” Time magazine recently reported. Reports indicate that Hutchins died after producer and actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that contained a live round. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting…

Booming Real Estate Market Could Mean Increased Error Risk for Agents

Booming Real Estate Market Could Mean Increased Error Risk for Agents

A real estate agent and realty company are being sued for their handling of a $4.6 million home sale in Sarasota, Florida. According to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a man who wanted to buy the Bird Key neighborhood property but whose offer was not chosen is accusing real estate agent Roger Pettingell and Coldwell Banker Realty of manipulating…

Sustained Labor Shortages Increase Liability Risks to Businesses

Sustained Labor Shortages Increase Liability Risks to Businesses

As labor shortages continue across the U.S., multiple industries are feeling the impact. Recent news reports describe hospitals in Virginia cross-training employees amid a shortage of nurses and other staff, hotel workers in Idaho switching between front desk work and housekeeping duties, and Texas schools starting the new term without enough teachers or bus drivers. The ongoing lack of workers…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Errors & Omissions Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Errors & Omissions Insurance

Professional errors are a risk in any industry and can lead to severe financial loss. To learn more about the Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance, we spoke with Kenneth Labelle, Broker, Professional Liability, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Chicago, Illinois. What are the greatest risks related to Errors & Omissions? K.L.: There are hundreds of different classes of E&O business, from…

Consulting Firm Agrees to $1.75 Million Settlement in Water Treatment Plant Suit

Consulting Firm Agrees to $1.75 Million Settlement in Water Treatment Plant Suit

A consulting firm will pay $1.75 million to settle claims of breach of contract and professional negligence related to the design and construction of a large, lined pond that was part of a $13 million water treatment plant. The Community Services District of Cambria, California sued the firm, CDM Smith, in 2018, claiming the pond required repairs, redesign and modifications…

Driverless Deliveries, Contactless Restaurants: Shift to Digital Alters Liability Landscape

Driverless Deliveries, Contactless Restaurants: Shift to Digital Alters Liability Landscape

Walmart will soon begin testing a grocery delivery program that uses autonomous vehicles, the retailer announced November 10. The pilot program, a partnership with California-based driverless car company Cruise LLC, will send grocery orders directly to customers in Cruise\'s electric, self-driving cars. The program, set to launch in Scottsdale, Arizona early next year, builds on an express delivery service Walmart…

Hurricane Laura Slams Energy Industry Reeling from Pandemic

Hurricane Laura Slams Energy Industry Reeling from Pandemic

Oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico was slowed significantly beginning on August 23, as a pair of tropical storms approached U.S. shores and forced the shutdown and evacuation of nearly 300 offshore platforms. Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the U.S., made landfall on August 27, devastating the city of Lake Charles,…

Taking on New Risks: Businesses Evolve to Face Challenges Posed By COVID-19

Taking on New Risks: Businesses Evolve to Face Challenges Posed By COVID-19

Businesses in the United States and Canada have had to adapt to an unprecedented set of uncertain and rapidly evolving circumstances in recent weeks. According to a recent Goldman Sachs survey of U.S. small business owners, 96 percent say that they have already been impacted by coronavirus, or COVID-19. Some businesses have reduced hours or shut down,…

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Last month, KDA Architecture agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Yakima School District in Washington over water and mold damage. The alleged design flaws were related to a nearly 750-foot blue wall, constructed of stainless-steel shingles and porcelain tiles that cut through the center of the high school campus. Shortly after completion of the…

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