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Public Adjuster Accused of Scamming Claimants Took Cash Advances on Commissions

The operators of a public adjusting firm that was cited by regulators in both Texas and Louisiana for allegedly pocketing insurer payouts have also received cash advances from financing companies over the past several months, documents obtained by the Claims …

Plaintiff in First Zantac Lawsuit Set for Trial Drops Case

The plaintiff in the first lawsuit over the heartburn drug Zantac scheduled to go to trial has agreed to drop his case, according to his attorney and drugmakers named as defendants. The news on Tuesday came days after shares of …

Private Prison Firm to Settle Lawsuit over Inmate Death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A private prison company has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit over a Tennessee inmate’s killing that got national attention after a judge ordered the plaintiff’s attorney to stop tweeting about it. Tennessee-based CoreCivic and attorney …

Claims People: PLRB, CNC and MEMIC

PLRB President Mallin Retiring Thomas W. Mallin, president and chief executive officer of the Property & Liability Resource Bureau, will retire at the end of this year. PLRB said Mallin celebrated 44 years with the organization on Aug. 7. Attendees …

FTC Looking at Rules to Corral Tech Firms’ Data Collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it’s the fitness tracker on your wrist, the “smart” home appliances in your house or the latest kids’ fad going viral in online videos, they all produce a trove of personal data for big tech companies. …

Viewpoint: ‘Take-Home COVID’ Claims May Lead to Future Insurance Disputes

“Take-home COVID” claims are claims brought against an employer by the spouse or child of an employee who caught COVID-19 in the workplace and brought it home, infecting a spouse or child and causing injuries. These claims are controversial because …

Biden Admin Announces $3B in FEMA Climate Resilience Funding

WASHINGTON –– The Biden administration on Friday announced it is putting more than $3 billion into two federal programs to help communities deal with floods, wildfires, extreme heat and other problems imposed by climate change. Funding for the Building Resilient …

Viewpoint: Courts Split on Labor Cost Depreciation Impact on Actual Cash Value

Courts are split on the question of whether it is permissible to depreciate labor costs when determining actual cash value (“ACV”). The Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Sproull v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., (9/23/21), affirming the appellate court …

Viewpoint: Why Retailers Shouldn’t Ignore Older Workers in Managing Work Comp Risk

The U.S. Census Bureau states that by 2030 all baby boomers will be older than 65, so that one in every five citizens will reach conventional retirement age.1 For the first time in history, the older generation will outnumber children …

Employee Fired After Sleepwalking Incident Loses Disability Discrimination Claim

An employee fired after she climbed into a colleague’s bed while sleepwalking at a hotel during an out-of-town conference has no disability discrimination claim, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month. Jennifer Harkey, …

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