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Amazon Echo’s Role in Murder Investigation Shows Vulnerability of Connected World

Security threats to your personal information or corporate systems are everywhere – even from your smart speaker, fitness tracking bracelet or video game console. Any tech device connected to the internet or an external system could be an entryway for hackers. Many of these devices can also record private conversations that could be revealed in…

Largest Living Insect Heist Sparks Risk Conversation for Museums

When thieves stole 7,000 rare insects, snakes and reptiles from a Philadelphia museum in August, they forced the closure of two entire floors of the museum while it tried to replenish its $40,000 collection. Museum officials called the theft of zebra tarantulas, rhinoceros roaches and other exotic creatures the “largest living insect heist” in history….

How to Protect a James Bond-Style Ride

Aston Martin recently announced it would make 25 continuation versions of the DB5 that appeared in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger.” They will be priced at $3.1 million each with deliveries beginning in 2020. Porsche’s Project Gold 993 recently sold for $3.1 million at auction, making it the most expensive 993 Turbo ever. These…

Cannabis: A Growing Risk

Between the national legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada effective October 17 and the ongoing state ballot proposals related to public consumption in the U.S., cannabis remains one of the most debated topics for consumers and business owners today. Many Canadian businesses have already begun to make edible cannabis products even before those types…

Senior Living Facilities Face Lawsuits in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

A 90-year-old mother tragically passed away in the days following Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida last summer. According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed against an assisted living facility last week, her son states the facility failed to provide a safe and comfortable living environment—claiming its air conditioning and other mechanical systems failed after the…

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Flood Sends 42 Dealership Cars Down River, a Reminder of Destruction Brought on by Weather

Inclement weather can destroy a dealership’s inventory. It happened last week in New Jersey when the Route 46 Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership saw a flash flood send 42 vehicles down the Peckman River. It happened in July 2017 in Chicago when flooding reached more than 100 cars and caused between $4 million and $5 million…

Crafting Coverage for Artisan Contractors

Home and commercial property remodeling in the U.S. generates $112 billion in revenue each year, showing an eight percent increase over the last five years. This increase illustrates a greater demand for skilled trade workers, which in turn gives rise to liability claims that can bring massive losses. Should an injury or property damage occur,…

NFL Draft Will Turn Athletes into Millionaires – and Make Them Prime Targets for Risk

More than 200 players will be selected in this week’s NFL draft, marking a turning point in both their professional and personal lives that also brings added liability with increased income and fame. First-round picks in particular will make millions of dollars as the 2017 draft reminded us, with the first overall pick expected to…

A Proactive Approach to Contractors Pollution Liability Insurance

Contractors Pollution Liability Insurance comprises approximately 20-25 percent of environmental insurance purchased worldwide1. However, market penetration of those who need environmental insurance is only around 10 percent2, leaving 90 percent uninsured. Gina Jones, Vice President and Director, Environmental Programs, Burns & Wilcox, discusses the low level of penetration, saying “More than a billion dollars in…

It’s Time to Talk Flood Insurance

Floods are the number one national disaster in the U.S. and the cost of recovery from flooding grows every year.  Most homeowners don’t suspect they are at risk. However, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods in the past five years and 20 percent of all flood related insurance claims are on properties…