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Pageler Named Chair of National Insurer Group’s Fraud Committee

Ranney Pageler, vice president of fraud investigations at Employers Insurance, has been named chair of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) Fraud Committee. Pageler, who is based in Austin, Texas, will serve a two-year term in this role. …

Stolen Premium Luxury Vehicles Unlikely to be Recovered: NICB

Compact luxury vehicles had the highest rate of theft at 47 percent, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s latest luxury theft report. NICB analysts review data contained in the National Crime Information Center’s stolen vehicle file and identify thefts …

Ebola’s Impact on Insurance Lines

As fears that an Ebola pandemic is on the horizon, many businesses are looking to insurers to allay their fears. While it is an outbreak could potentially impact several lines of insurance including, workers’ compensation, business interruption, supply chain disruption, …

Survey Finds Men More Likely to Believe Insurance Myths

Men may be more gullible when it comes to insurance myths than women but even women think a number of popular myths about insurance are true, according to a survey by online insurance seller insure.com. Insure.com said it recently surveyed …

White Paper Predicts Drones as Next Big Thing in Insurance

Drones can provide a variety of benefits for property adjusters, according to a new white paper released by Cognizant last month. Specifically, insurers should consider drones in order to increase efficiency, reduce operational costs and improve customer service. The paper, …

Athens Administrators Names Daghlian and Mastrangelo Executive Vice Presidents

Athens Administrators, a third party claims administration services provider since 1976, has actively participated in the Program Insurance market segment on a regional basis for several years. To lead efforts in the Program Insurance space, the company announced the appointment …

SCI Underwriting Management Expands Efforts in Top 20 Claims Volume States

Mass.-based SCI Underwriting Management LLC, a managing insurance agency with a focus on the aging service industry, recently announced an expansion in its efforts in states ranked in the top 20 in claim volume for the nursing home/long-term care industry. …

Feds Announce More Than 7.8M Vehicles Recalled Due to Defective Airbags

U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp airbags that could spray shrapnel at occupants. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) …

Trinity Required to Provide Feds With a Crash Test Plan by Oct. 31

The U.S. said Trinity Industries Inc. must provide a crash-test plan by Oct. 31 following a verdict yesterday that the guardrail system maker duped the government by hiding changes to its product. A Texas jury found yesterday that Trinity had …

Hottest Year on Record for Earth

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, U.S. meteorologists say. That’s because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

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