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Supreme Court Considers Curbing Patent Suit Locations

The U.S. Supreme Court grappled over whether to upend a quarter-century of practice and limit where patent infringement lawsuits can be filed. The justices Monday heard arguments in a case involving water flavoring containers that could end the reign of …

Fraud News: Fake Auto Claims, Arson and Allstate Files RICO Suit

Mother and Son Sentenced for California Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme Henrietta Silva and her son, Peter, were sentenced recently in the San Diego Superior Court after submitting multiple fraudulent auto insurance claims. Henrietta was sentenced to serve 270 days in …

3 Ways to Improve Demand Management

The insurance industry continues to evolve each year, forcing carriers to adjust processes and policies in order to keep up with changing demands. One area that has continued to change is the increasing cost of third party bodily injury claims. …

Why Avoiding a Jury Trial is the Best Defense

Because juries can be unpredictable, awarding large sums even in conservative jurisdictions, jury trials should be considered as a last resort, according to Nicole Whyte, founding partner at Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara. Whyte sat down with Claims Journal, during …

Researcher and Supercomputer Re-Create Historic Tornado

With tornado season fast approaching or already underway in vulnerable states throughout the U.S., new supercomputer simulations are giving meteorologists unprecedented insight into the structure of monstrous thunderstorms and tornadoes. One such recent simulation recreates a tornado-producing supercell thunderstorm that …

10 Ways Substance Misuse Affects Workplaces

More than 70 percent  of U.S. employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, according to a recent survey by the National Safety Council. The survey also found that although 71 percent of employers agree that prescription …

Congress Nixes Obama Workplace Injury Reporting Rule

The U.S. Senate (50-48) joined the House (231-191) in passing a resolution blocking a federal workplace injury and accident reporting rule put in place by the Obama Administration last December. The Department of Labor rule issued by the Occupational Safety …

Insurers Could Benefit From Robots That Aid in Digitizing Records

Most staple removers fit in the palm of your hand. This one would fill your living room and uses robotics and artificial intelligence. Ripcord, a startup backed with a $9.5 million funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, …

Lloyd’s Offers Business Interruption Coverage for Suspended Amazon Sellers

Like many people who make their living selling stuff on Amazon.com Inc., Rob Griffin is terrified of getting kicked off the site. Two years ago the Atlanta resident was suspended for selling a banned health supplement and wound up living …

Supreme Court Sympathetic to Microsoft in Xbox Owners’ Suit Alleging Defect

The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday that it is sympathetic to Microsoft Corp. in a dispute with disgruntled owners of the Xbox 360 video-game system who sued saying the console has a design defect that scratches game discs. The justices heard …

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