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California Wildfires’ Impact Felt Throughout Insurance, Real Estate Markets

The impact of wildfires that raged across California the past two years will force one of the state’s largest utilities to file for bankruptcy protection later this month, but has also limited access to Homeowners Insurance policies statewide. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. (PG&E), found at fault for some 2017 wildfires, now faces additional liabilities…

Car Subscription Services Designed for Evolving Consumer Needs

As the North American International Auto Show kicks off next week in Detroit, one of the more talked about trends in the automotive industry is the growth in interest and investment in vehicle subscription services. These services are considered the “Netflix model of vehicle ownership and usage:” consumers pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars…

Vulnerability of Cryptocurrencies a Threat to Businesses

Retailers are increasingly accepting cryptocurrencies as a form of payment for goods and services, but the volatile nature of the currency puts these businesses at risk. The fluctuating value of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin could lead to overnight double-digit increases or decreases in currency value. Bitcoin, the most popular and widely used type of cryptocurrency, saw…

Protecting Your High-Value Holiday Gifts From Theft, Damage

‘Tis the season of giving — and high-value gifts Consumers were projected to spend more than $720 billion over the holidays this year, according to the National Retail Federation. While the majority of that spending likely falls into the stocking stuffer category, The Robb Report listed a $6 million pair of pear-shaped Jacob & Co….

Insuring Santa Claus

From his bustling workshop to his nine loyal reindeer, Santa Claus operates one of the most complex enterprises in the world. That level of global intricacy requires an expert review of risk management strategies. “There are a number of insurance products that I would think Santa would have in place,” said Chris Zoidis, Corporate Executive…

California Utility Accused of Starting Deadly Camp Fire

Recent wildfires in California have resulted in a financial catastrophe that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke estimated will cost billions of dollars. Now a lawsuit suggests that one of the state’s largest utilities may be responsible for starting the Camp Fire that killed 86 and displaced 50,000 from their homes in November because of a poorly…

Purdue Clock Nearly Crushing Workers Illustrates Crane Exposures

A bell tower clock face undergoing maintenance at Purdue University crashed to the ground last week, nearly hitting two workers on a cherry picker lift. Incredibly, no one was injured in the incident, which was captured on a video that went viral over the weekend. The contractor hired to perform the maintenance, Verdin Company, is…

43 People in 12 States Sickened by E. Coli Outbreak

When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a stark warning just before Thanksgiving about E. coli and romaine lettuce, restaurants and grocers across the country amended menus and pulled the produce from shelves. In the days since that warning, the CDC has said the lettuce is likely safe to eat, as long as it…

car at dealership covered in hail

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…

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…