Articles by Jim Sams

Sams is editor of the Claims Journal. He can be reached at jsams@claimsjournal.com.

Allstate Wins Victory in Whistleblower Suit Against ‘Sham’ Law Firm

Allstate Insurance Co. won an appellate court victory in a whistleblower lawsuit against a Los Angeles attorney whom it accuses of operating a “sham law practice” that conspired with “sham health care providers” to defraud auto insurers. The Second District …

Louisiana Republicans Want to Enact New Limits on Lawsuits

BATON ROUGE, La. — After an election season in which conservative Republicans made Louisiana’s high car insurance rates a campaign issue, GOP lawmakers expect efforts to try to limit damages awarded in car wreck lawsuits to be front and center …

Drones Need Tracking Network for Expanded Flights, FAA Says

All but the smallest civilian drones would have to broadcast radio tracking data to ensure greater safety and prevent terrorism under a sweeping proposal unveiled by U.S. regulators Thursday. The long-awaited draft rules call for a massive new tracking network …

Kazakhstan Grounds Bek Air Planes After Crash Kills at Least 12

At least a dozen people died after a plane crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday in southeastern Kazakhstan, leading local authorities to ground the rest of budget carrier Bek Air’s fleet. The twin-turbofan Fokker 100 aircraft was carrying 98 people …

Ex-Deputy Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $250,000

LAS VEGAS — A former chief deputy sheriff in rural Nevada has accepted $250,000 to end a lawsuit stemming from allegations the sheriff sexually harassed her in 2015. Melanie Keener’s attorney, Gus Falangas, characterized his client on Friday as happy …

Boeing Fires CEO Muilenburg to Restore Confidence Amid 737 Crisis

Boeing Co has fired Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg after repeatedly failing to contain the fallout from a pair of fatal crashes that halted output of its best-selling jetliner and tarnished its reputation with airlines and regulators. Boeing – beset by …

Buffett Deputy Combs to Lead Geico While Running Portfolio

When he’s not managing a $14 billion stock portfolio for Warren Buffett, Todd Combs will now also be running the second-biggest U.S. auto insurer. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. tapped one of its two key investing deputies to replace Bill Roberts as …

11th Circuit Dismisses Suit Alleging Conspiracy to Deflate Auto Body Repair Changes

A federal appellate court affirmed a decision to throw out a racketeering lawsuit brought by a group of 126 auto body collision repair shops against seven of the largest U.S. insurers. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta agreed …

NFL at 100: Helmets Go High Tech in Quest for Player Safety

Long gone are the days of the leather shell and single-bar face mask. Today’s football helmets are technological marvels, using cutting edge materials and design elements to make the headgear the safest it’s been in the 100th season of the …

Notre Dame Fire Wakes the World Up to Dangers of Lead Dust

PARIS — It took a blaze that nearly destroyed Paris’ most famous cathedral to reveal a gap in global safety regulations for lead, a toxic building material found across many historic cities. After the Notre Dame fire in April spewed …