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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…

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Labor & Staffing: Management Liability and E&O Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 1:30 PM EST Join our experts for a discussion on E&O as it relates to the risks associated with remote operations, labor shortages, and staffing companies. We will discuss the key coverage considerations and exclusions. Featured Experts: Rahmad Bauldrick, Director, Professional Liability, Regional Practice Group Leader, Burns &…

Cyber Security Awareness

Cyber Security Awareness

Watch as we host a discussion on cyber security and privacy risk with special guest Ben Owen. Owen is a former British Intelligence Officer and an expert in covert operations, surveillance, and online investigations. This webinar walks through how sensitive information can be gathered by bad actors and our experts provided data protection tips for businesses and individuals. https://vimeo.com/632926285/b1ecfee06b

Children Given COVID Vaccine Instead of Flu Shot at Walgreens Pharmacy

Children Given COVID Vaccine Instead of Flu Shot at Walgreens Pharmacy

A family of four was reportedly vaccinated against COVID-19 by mistake on Oct. 4 when they tried to get their annual flu shots at a Walgreens pharmacy in Evansville, Indiana. The parents claim that shortly after they and their 4- and 5-year-old children received what they thought was the flu vaccine, a pharmacist called to explain that they all had…

Specialty Healthcare Insurance Market Overview

Specialty Healthcare Insurance Market Overview

It is a cautious time for underwriters in the Healthcare insurance industry. The overall hardening of the market continues into 2021 and carriers are pulling back on coverage in key areas in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic—most notably Senior Care and Nursing Homes. Meanwhile, the Medical Malpractice market expects to see claims of up to $20 billion over the…

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.…

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…

Lawsuit Challenges Nursing Home Immunity as Facilities Look to Post-Pandemic Future

Lawsuit Challenges Nursing Home Immunity as Facilities Look to Post-Pandemic Future

The family of a husband and wife who both died after contracting COVID-19 at a nursing home last year is suing the facility, alleging that it lacked proper staffing, infection control policies and personal protective equipment. William and Martha Ames were both in their late 80s when they were diagnosed with the virus at the Villages of Orleans Health and…

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