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ALI Approves Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance

ALI members voted at The American Law Institute’s 2018 Annual Meeting to approve Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance. The project reporters are Tom Baker of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Associate Reporter Kyle D. Logue of Michigan …

Robot Ride Fears Escalate Following High-Profile Roadway Deaths

Consumer trust in self-driving cars has plummeted following high-profile roadway fatalities, with almost three-quarters of Americans now saying they are too afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle, according to a new survey. The survey by the American Automobile Association …

Business News: Lemonade, CoreLogic

Lemonade Launches World’s First ‘Open Source’ Insurance Policy Lemonade, the insurance company powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics, announced it has rewritten the generations-old insurance policy. The new insurance policy, called Policy 2.0, will be open for edits from …

Americans Remain Concerned That AI Will Hurt Jobs

Will artificial intelligence ultimately help or hurt U.S. workers? A Brookings Institution survey offers fresh fodder for the debate, showing opinion is heavily tilted against AI at a time companies are increasingly looking for ways to include it in everything …

NICB: Animal-Related Insurance Claims Top 1.7M in 4 Years

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released a study on the number of animal-related insurance losses for the years 2014-2017. The data is gleaned from insurance claims for losses that occurred in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. …

Safety Agency Recommends Seat Belts, Automatic Brakes on School Buses

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended for the first time that all new school buses in the U.S. be equipped with lap and shoulder belts. The NTSB also voted to recommend that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

New Analysis Compares 22 Named Storms With Their Future Selves

Scientists have published a detailed analysis of how 22 recent hurricanes would change if they instead formed near the end of this century. While each storm’s transformation would be unique, on balance, the hurricanes would become a little stronger, a …

EPA Plans to Rescind Safety Rules Prompted by Fatal Texas Plant Blast

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt moved Thursday to rescind much of a package of safety measures proposed for chemical plants nationwide after a deadly blast at a Texas fertilizer plant. Pruitt signed a significantly revised slate of rules from …

U.S. Supreme Court Says Employers Can Bar Worker Class Actions

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers can force workers to use individual arbitration instead of class-action lawsuits to press legal claims. The decision potentially limits the rights of tens of millions of employees. The justices, voting 5-4 along …

Study: Fatigue-Related Crashes More Likely Farther From Rest Stops

Fatigue-related crashes were more likely to occur when rest areas were 20 miles or more from the crash site. Photo from NIOSH. Rest areas are a welcome sight on a long-distance road trip. For commercial truck drivers in need of …

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