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NBC Leaders Face Allegations in New Book Detailing Accusations Against Matt Lauer

In his newly-released book, Catch and Kill, former NBC reporter Ronan Farrow recounts previously-unreleased details surrounding rape accusations against Matt Lauer, the former host of NBC’s “Today” show. Farrow provides a revealing, comprehensive account of accusations made by Brooke Nevils, a former NBC employee who maintained that Lauer sexually assaulted her in 2014. Lauer has…

56 Pediatric Patients’ Stem Cells Destroyed in Hospital Freezer Failure

When a storage freezer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) malfunctioned last month, 56 pediatric patients, many undergoing cancer treatment, lost their stem cells. The cells were collected before patients began cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, and stored for potential future use. Following the incident, CHLA sent notification letters to the affected families, unfortunately…

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 5 Pivotal Steps to Preparedness

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to disseminate cybersecurity facts, best practices, and promote free resources to make organizations and individuals safer and more secure. Recent cybersecurity threat data is staggering. Symantec’s…

Capsized Vessel Imperils Crew, Damages Millions in Cargo

At 2 a.m. on September 8, the U.S. Coast Guard stationed near St. Simons, Georgia, was alerted that the Golden Ray, a South Korean cargo vessel carrying over 4,000 new automobiles, had begun dangerously inclining to one side, shortly after departing the Port of Brunswick. By late morning response teams had rescued 20 of the…

Burns & Wilcox and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage Chicago Growth Sparks Move to New, Top Tier Office Space Downtown

Chicago, IL (September 18, 2019)— Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager, announced today the relocation and expansion of its downtown Chicago office. The new office, which houses Burns & Wilcox and Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, is located downtown at 111 S. Wacker, Chicago, IL, 60606. Burns & Wilcox parent…

Physician Pleads Guilty in $1.2 Billion Medicare Billing Fraud Scheme

Dr. Joseph DeCorso entered a guilty plea in New Jersey federal court on September 12, on charges he allegedly conspired to commit $13 million in Medicare fraud by prescribing medically unnecessary orthotic braces while working for two telemedicine firms between July 2017 and March 2019. He also agreed to pay $7 million in restitution to…

2019 Slated as California’s Worst Wildfire Year Yet

Late on September 2 a 117-acre mountainside wildfire, dubbed Snoqualmie Fire, ignited less than a mile from a residential neighborhood in Layton, Utah, prompting mandatory evacuations of 125 homes. The fire, which reportedly came within 100 to 200 yards of homes, began just one day after officials announced 100 percent containment of the Gun Range…

Burns & Wilcox Strengthens Wildfire Coverage Through Partnership with Wildfire Defense Systems, Inc.

Partnership with leading wildfire management organization provides additional layer of protection before, during and after a wildfire Detroit, Mich. (September 4, 2019) – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading and largest personal insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, today announced its partnership with Wildfire Defense Systems, Inc. (WDS). Burns & Wilcox is the first specialty…

Coordinated Attack Holds 22 Municipalities Hostage, Marks Escalating Ransomware Threat

On August 16, a coordinated ransomware attack was launched on 22 city, county and police department offices in Texas, seizing and disabling systems and encrypting data. The collective ransom demanded by what state authorities have described as a “single threat actor” is $2.5 million. While larger municipalities, like Lubbock County, were able to quickly identify…

Unlicensed Greenhouses and Mold Prompt Extensive Recalls and Returns, Showing Cannabis Industry Risk

On August 19, CannTrust Holdings Inc. announced that the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) was returning its entire $2.2 million inventory of CannTrust products. The return is in response to the suspension of CannTrust’s sales and shipments last month, after a Health Canada inspection revealed the company had grown plants in several unlicensed greenhouses. Prior to…

StockX, Poshmark, Capital One Breaches Highlight Data Security Risks

On August 1, TechCrunch reported that online retailer StockX did not reveal that it had suffered a data breach in May that exposed 6.8 million user records. Within days of discovering the breach, StockX emailed users and instructed them to change their passwords following what the company referred to as system updates on its platform,…

H.W. Kaufman Group and Burns & Wilcox Launch 50 Days of Giving Challenge to Raise Funds for the City of Hope

Company celebrates 50th anniversary with corporate-wide effort Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 12, 2019) – H.W. Kaufman Group, a global network of companies dedicated to shaping the future of insurance, announced today the launch of its 50 Days of Giving Challenge, a global and corporate-wide effort in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary. The challenge includes the…

Fire Destroys Jim Beam Warehouse, Bourbon Plume Pollutes Rivers

On July 2, lightning struck and ignited a fire at two Jim Beam distillery warehouses in Versailles, Kentucky. The fire, fueled by the 45,000 barrels—over 2 million gallons—of bourbon, burned for several days and reduced one warehouse and its contents to rubble. Bourbon from barrels destroyed in the fire flowed from the site into nearby…

Extreme Heat, Power Outages Disrupt Business and Events

Temperatures near and in the triple digits have scorched the U.S. Midwest, Northeast and parts of Canada this month, accompanied by blackouts, extreme weather and other heat-related headaches. On July 19, violent thunderstorms in Michigan cut power to a half million people in the Greater Detroit area. Earlier that day an unexplained explosion and fire…

California Earthquakes Prompt Homeowners, Businesses to Examine Exposures

On July 5, approximately 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Ridgecrest, California residents experienced a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, only 34 hours after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the same location. Fortunately, there were no deaths. As homeowners and businesses evaluate damage, early estimates predict at least $100 million in losses. California is the site of more…