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Grumpy Cat vs. Copycats: Trademark Claims Underscore Importance of Insurance

Grumpy Cat vs. Copycats: Trademark Claims Underscore Importance of Insurance

More than five years after the death of Grumpy Cat, the internet-famous cat known for its disgruntled-looking expression, the company that owns its image and likeness continues to confront alleged trademark violations from other entities using the pet’s face for profit. According to a recent report from Courthouse News Service, Grumpy Cat Limited has filed more than 50 trademark lawsuits…

CFO Accused of Embezzling $40 Million from Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

CFO Accused of Embezzling $40 Million from Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

The former chief financial officer of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is being accused of embezzling $40 million from the nonprofit organization over a period of more than 11 years. William Smith was recently charged with bank and wire fraud after allegedly stealing millions of dollars and spending it on airline tickets, hotels, luxury goods, real estate and more. He has…

P&C Report: 2024 Q2 Outlook

P&C Report: 2024 Q2 Outlook

Following several years of double-digit rate increases and restrictive adjustments to Terms and Conditions (T&C), the Property Insurance sector has reached a point of relative stability. Rates are largely modest as insurers secure the required premium, now applying rates against a proper exposure basis—Insurance to Value (ITV). With few exceptions of traditional CAT-prone perils in specific geographies, most carriers are…

Biometric Data Use Expands: How to Protect Consumer Privacy, Prevent Lawsuits

Biometric Data Use Expands: How to Protect Consumer Privacy, Prevent Lawsuits

More companies in the U.S. and Canada are incorporating the use of biometric data into their operations, raising unease for some consumers, and prompting a number of class-action lawsuits over information that may be collected improperly. Airports are among the latest industries to join the trend, with CBC News recently reporting on airlines like Air Canada and various airports implementing…

Engineer Under Fire After 7-Story Building Collapses During Construction Work

Engineer Under Fire After 7-Story Building Collapses During Construction Work

The engineer allegedly responsible for a partial building collapse in the Bronx in December has had their license suspended for two years by the city of New York and faces a $10,000 fine, according to reports. No one was injured but dozens of families lost their homes after the collapse of the seven-story apartment building, part of which was under…

Business Travelers Not Taking Cybersecurity Precautions, Survey Finds

Business Travelers Not Taking Cybersecurity Precautions, Survey Finds

Business travelers using unsecured networks and personal devices while away from the office could be putting their companies at greater risk for cybercrime, new data suggests. According to a World Travel Protection survey, just 36% of American companies require two-factor authentication on employees’ devices, 32% use antivirus software, and 30% have their employees use a virtual private network, or VPN,…

P&C Report: 2024 Forecast

P&C Report: 2024 Forecast

Many of the primary factors that influenced the status of the Property & Casualty (P&C) market in 2023 are likely to remain in 2024. We continue to operate in a comparatively hard environment marked by rising but moderating rates on some lines of business, where it is often necessary to layer available capacity that includes carefully worded terms and conditions…

‘DNA Relatives’ Data Exposed: 6.9 Million Impacted By 23andMe Breach

‘DNA Relatives’ Data Exposed: 6.9 Million Impacted By 23andMe Breach

Family members\' names, birth years, relationship labels, shared DNA information and more were recently exposed in a data breach against genetic testing company 23andMe in an attack that impacted 6.9 million individuals. While the biotech firm explained in an announcement that less than 0.1% of user accounts were accessed in the October breach, this gave hackers access to about 5.5…

Holiday Party Risks: Companies Could Face Costly Lawsuits, Claims

Holiday Party Risks: Companies Could Face Costly Lawsuits, Claims

As companies prepare to host gatherings for their employees this holiday season, there have been no shortage of reminders that these events can be fraught with unintended risks. Some of the greatest holiday party risks revolve around the possibility of harassment or discrimination against employees, especially when alcohol is involved. This can make company holiday parties…

Property & Casualty Report: Q3/Q4 2023

Property & Casualty Report: Q3/Q4 2023

Despite the continued “flight toward profitability” for most carriers, moderation in both rate and capacity is occurring in many insurance sectors. Most rates are rising, but the level of increases is slowing. Capacity is generally available but often requires creativity. On the Casualty side, some classes remain stressed while carriers are competing for business in others. These and other trends…

Cyber & Privacy Liability Insurance Market Overview

Cyber & Privacy Liability Insurance Market Overview

Organizations face a multitude of risks at any given time, yet the top cause of stress for business leaders, for the third time in four years, remained cyber risks. Given mounting concerns, the demand for risk mitigation efforts and Cyber & Privacy Insurance policies have drastically increased. While security tools and training have become much more advanced in their effectiveness,…

Survey Shows 50% of Businesses Are Not Prepared to Face Rising Cyber Risks

Survey Shows 50% of Businesses Are Not Prepared to Face Rising Cyber Risks

The risk of a cyberattack is a leading concern for a majority of business owners, yet many have not taken some of the key steps needed to prevent or respond to a cyber incident, according to a new survey of business leaders. The Travelers Risk Index, an annual report that studied more than 1,200 business decision-makers, found that cyber risks…

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