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Property & Casualty 2021 Q3 Market Overview & Q4 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q3 Market Overview & Q4 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group We are pleased to share our third quarter Property & Casualty Market Overview and Forecast, prepared immediately following industry conferences and meetings that are clear bellwethers of what to anticipate. September, as we know, is Reinsurance Month which sets the stage for pivotal year-end negotiations of January 1…

White House Pushes for Cybersecurity Standards Amid Rising Digital Threats

White House Pushes for Cybersecurity Standards Amid Rising Digital Threats

The U.S. government is working with the private sector to bolster the country’s cybersecurity, the White House recently announced. During a meeting on Aug. 25, President Joe Biden called on companies to “raise the bar on cybersecurity” and outlined a number of initiatives to address the growing threat of cybercrime, including plans for the National Institute of Standards and Technology…

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…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q2 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q2 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is abundantly clear, the “new normal” will reshape all of our organizations. One of our many goals is to keep you updated on the rapidly evolving insurance marketplace where adjustments have arguably never been more fluid.…

Dozens of Lawsuits Filed After Condo Collapse in Florida

Dozens of Lawsuits Filed After Condo Collapse in Florida

The sudden collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida on June 24, which tragically caused at least 95 deaths and left 14 residents still missing, has prompted multiple lawsuits against those involved in the beachside residence’s construction and maintenance. As of July 10, at least a dozen suits had been filed on behalf of victims and…

Customer Sues McDonald’s Over Voice Recognition Technology

Customer Sues McDonald’s Over Voice Recognition Technology

A new lawsuit against McDonald\'s accuses the company of violating an Illinois privacy act by using voice recognition technology on customers without their consent. Shannon Carpenter reportedly had his drive-thru order taken by the artificial intelligence-based voice assistant program Apprente — an automated system being tested at 10 McDonald’s stores — when he visited the fast-food chain’s Lombard, Illinois location…

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Workers Injured as Metal Beams Fall ‘Like Dominoes’ at Construction Site

Two workers narrowly avoided serious injuries after being thrown from horizontal metal beams at a construction site on the Boston University campus May 14. The accident happened when a steel column fell to the side, causing the adjacent beams to topple “like dominoes” and partially collapse the steel frame of what is slated to become a 13-story data sciences building…

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…

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

Construction Defects Lawsuit Leads to $17.5 Million Settlement for Condo Association

The homeowner’s association for a luxury, oceanfront condo tower in Florida recently settled its construction defects lawsuit against the tower’s developer, contractors and architect for $17.5 million. The Regalia on the Ocean Condominium Association in Sunny Isles Beach filed the lawsuit in 2018, alleging construction flaws including improperly-installed pool joints, unsafe steam rooms and problems with sliding glass doors. As…

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Exposes Severity of Cyber Threats

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Exposes Severity of Cyber Threats

The ransomware attack that shut down one of the largest fuel pipelines in the U.S. and set off gas shortages and panic-buying is indicative of the growing cyber risk threatening American infrastructure, experts said in a recent USA Today report. Colonial Pipeline Co., which moves 2.5 million barrels of petroleum each day, was forced to discontinue operations May 7 after…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q1 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q1 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group Following the release of our Burns & Wilcox Property & Casualty Market Overview and Forecast: Eye on 2021 report last quarter the already challenged Commercial and Personal insurance marketplace was greeted with yet another extraordinary event—Winter Storm Uri (February 13-17). The widespread impact resulted in over 170…

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