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Self-Insured Retention on Policy Allows Insurer to Deny Contractor’s Claim

A general contractor was unsuccessful in its bid to gain coverage as an additional insured, due to a self-insured retention (SIR) endorsement on a subcontractor’s commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy. In a decision issued by an Indiana appeals court …

U.S. Doctor Must Pay Reparations for Deadly Crash in New Zealand

A Wisconsin heart surgeon who was vacationing in New Zealand when he caused a highway accident that killed two people and injured four others was ordered Monday to make reparation payments but avoided jail time. A district court judge ordered …

Michigan Bill Could Authorize Theft Fees on Commercial Trucks

Michigan senators approved legislation that could allow the Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to assess small fees on commercial vehicles, not just private passenger vehicles. Under current law, auto insurers pay $1 a year per insured car. State Attorney General Bill …

Natural Disasters Highlighted in Indiana State Museum Exhibit

Natural disasters can strike at any time, often without warning, and devastate cities, regions, states and countries. Nature Unleashed, a new exhibit at the Indiana State Museum, aims to help Hoosiers understand why tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions …

Experts Question Missouri City’s Boiler Standards After Blast

Safety experts are questioning St. Louis’ boiler safety standards, following a deadly explosion that killed three people and injured four others. Boiler safety is regulated almost uniformly in most places, with standards that generally include periodic inspections, but not in …

What Qualifies as an Insured Collapse?

Latest Case and Growing Trend Say it Must Fall Down or Cave in The scope of insurance coverage for collapse, first provided by the industry in 1954, has long been the subject of litigation in many jurisdictions. The arguments for …

Wisconsin Legislators Target Adults That Host Underage Drinkers

Adults who let teenagers drink in their homes would be breaking the law under a proposal two Republican Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating. The bill would address what Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Van Wanggaard call the “social host” loophole in …

Ohio Air Force Base Trains Cyber Army

Cyber hackers bent on chaos could potentially attack water treatment and chemical plants, power grids, financial institutions and disable weapon systems, and have stolen personal data of millions of federal employees and consumers. Every hour of every day, cyber warriors …

Big Data Helping Iowa State Researchers, DOT Manage Traffic Crashes

The traffic data hits the REACTOR lab in continuous streams from across the state – video, traffic volume, speed, backups, weather and more. Iowa State University researchers can call up all that data on the six big screens arranged around …

Study Finds Safety Benefits From Chicago’s Red Light Camera Program

Chicago’s red-light cameras reduce serious injury crashes at intersections where they are placed and also have a measurable “spillover effect” that improves safety at intersections without cameras, according to a newly released Northwestern University Transportation Center study. The research team …

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