Articles by Chad Hemenway

25 Straight Quarters of Premium Increases for Commercial Lines, Survey Shows

Overall commercial property/casualty premiums increased slightly for all account sizes to 7% on average in the fourth quarter 2024, continuing a trend that has now last more than 6 years. According to The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers’ Q4 …

Allstate Reports $276M in January Cat Losses, Updates Rate Increases

Allstate Corp. on Thursday reported January pretax catastrophe losses of $276 million. The Northbrook, Illinois-based insurer reached its $150 million threshold to report catastrophe losses following several months of low totals. Consolidated catastrophe losses for the fourth quarter 2023 totaled …

Nearly a Decade After Breach, Home Depot Appeals to Get Defense Costs From CGL Policies

Think cyber events don’t have long tail? Consider this: Home Depot is still in a legal battle to get $50 million in coverage from two insurers nearly a decade after hackers used point-of-sale machines to hack the retailer. In a …

Allianz D&O Outlook: ESG Claims ‘Here to Stay’ and AI Rapping at the Door

While everyone may be talking about potential risks associated with generative artificial intelligence, a new directors & officers report from Allianz highlights a range of current concerns associated with environmental, social, and governance issues. Agree or not with the premise …

Federal Cyber Insurance Backstop Is Warranted With Focus on Catastrophic Risk

Much more work and collaboration needs to be done but the U.S. Treasury has reached a “tentative conclusion” that a potential federal cyber insurance backstop will be focused on catastrophic cyber risk. “We will remain focused on the policy options …

American Family Shuts Down Systems After Detecting ‘Unusual Activity’

American Family Insurance shut down “several business systems” after the insurer said it “detected unusual activity in a portion of its network.” In an email to Insurance Journal, the Madison, Wisconsin-based insurer said its technology teams discovered the activity last …

Insurance Industry Should Expect $100 Billion in Catastrophe Losses Every Year: Verisk

Total global insured losses from natural catastrophes of more than $100 billion a year may be less newsworthy than in the past. In fact, the industry should expect loss totals of at least $100 billion every year, according to models …

Chubb Loses Bid to Enforce D&O Coverage Exclusions in Opioid-Related Case

A federal judge in North Carolina has ruled against a Chubb subsidiary in its attempt to rid itself of defense-cost obligations in opioid-related litigation by enforcing two policy exclusions. According to court documents in U.S. District Court for the Middle …

Dollar Tree Agrees to Improve Safety and Pay $1.35M in Fines: OSHA

Dollar Tree Inc. and subsidiary Family Dollar have entered an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make operational changes within two years. The Department of Labor’s OSHA said it has cited the stores throughout the U.S. …

Allstate Records $2.7B Net Catastrophe Hit on Way to Q2 Loss of $1.4B

Allstate Corp. reported net catastrophe losses of $2.7 billion in the second quarter, resulting in a net loss for the period of $1.4 billion as catastrophe and underwriting losses offset other favorable factors. President and CEO Tom Wilson said the …