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800-Pound Boulder Tragedy a Reminder of Risk in Transporting Goods

When transporting items commercially, securing your cargo properly could be the difference between life and death. A mother and daughter were tragically killed this month in Minnesota after an 800-pound boulder fell off a truck and struck their car, according to police. This tragedy – and others that do not involve loss of life –…

Design, Construction Flaws Can Result in Devastating Financial Liabilities

Florida International University (FIU) wanted a signature bridge to help highlight the school’s “institutional aspirations.” However, the project’s planners appear to have overlooked a design flaw that was likely a key factor in the 950-ton bridge collapsing in March. The tragic accident resulted in the death of one construction worker on the bridge and five…

Marijuana Insurance Rapidly Evolving in North America

The Canadian federal government is expected to legalize the recreational use of marijuana as early as this summer. The number of client registrations for medical marijuana in Canada reached nearly 270,000 by the end of 2017. In the U.S., marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, but 29 states and the District of Columbia have…

As GDPR Takes Effect, Businesses Could be at Risk for Privacy Liability

Data protection rules are getting an overhaul in Europe, which likely will create a ripple effect that impacts U.S.-based organizations, regardless of whether they have European operations. Starting Friday, May 25, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect to update personal data rules, changing the requirements for organizations collecting and managing……

Great Lakes Oil Spill Shows Need for Environmental and P&I Coverage

The U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities have completed one phase of an investigation into severed underwater cables that leaked about 600 gallons of mineral oil insulation fluid in the Straits of Mackinac. Officials suspect a boat anchor strike April 1 damaged the cables and dented oil pipelines in the waterway that connects Lake Michigan…

Allegations Against Tom Brokaw Illustrates Need for Liability Coverage

Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is the most recent celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct, although he denies the claims. This latest example of the #MeToo era Americans live and work in is prompting organizations to ask whether their insurance policies protect their executive team and employees from accusations of sexual harassment. The insurance…

Masters Lodging: Home Rentals Need More Than Homeowners Policy to Protect Against Risk

When the PGA Tour’s first major, the Masters, is held this week at Augusta National in Georgia, thousands of fans from around the world will converge on the small town of Augusta. It is estimated that 150,000-190,000 patrons attend the Masters each year. And they will all need a place to stay. With hotels and online rentals being booked nearly two years in advance,…

Facebook Data Mining Triggers Need to Review Cyber and Privacy Liability Insurance

After learning through recent news reports that more than 50 million Facebook users unknowingly had personal data from online profiles shared with a data mining firm, consumers are scrambling to review personal information shared on their own social media accounts. This developing scandal will likely prompt organizations of all sizes to reinvestigate their privacy policies…

Burns & Wilcox Announces Official Sponsorship of Detroit Red Wings Alternate Captain Justin Abdelkader

DETROIT (February 27, 2018) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager, today announced its official sponsorship of Justin Abdelkader, alternate captain and left wing of the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings. “Justin Abdelkader’s leadership on and off the ice match the distinctive, competitive qualities of the more…

Commercial Marine Insurance: Comparing Cruise Ships to Local Ferries

The cruise ship industry sees nearly $38 billion in revenue annually around the world, with more than $15 billion invested into new cruise ships. Ferries, cruise ships, and other passenger vessels are a much different exposure than cargo ships that carry dry cargo, not people. Accidents and catastrophic mechanical failures with passenger vessels often result in…