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Risk for Flooding on the Rise

A combination of rapid snowmelt, ice jams and torrential rains over several days in mid March left swaths of the Midwest and Great Plains states submerged and more than 10 million people under flood warnings by March 17. Powered in part by a “bomb cyclone”—when a rapid drop in barometric pressure leads to hurricane-force winds—flooding…

Million-Dollar Red Carpet Gems Require Unique Protection

This Sunday movie A-listers from around the world will promenade down the red carpet for the 91st Academy Awards, sporting garments created by a who’s who of designers, established and ascending. Designers and dealers vie for the coveted honor of outfitting celebrities with their jewelry and watches. One report estimated the total value of jewelry and…

Truck Driver’s $298.3 Million Powerball Jackpot Leads to Newfound Wealth, Risk

Truck driver David Johnson confirmed last week he is the sole winner of the December 26 New York Powerball drawing. The 56-year-old, who emigrated from Jamaica when he was 16, quit his job at Iberia Foods and plans to live on the estimated $114 million he will collect after taxes. Johnson’s plans also include buying…

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…

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….

Turkey Frying Missteps Can Be Disastrous

With Thanksgiving this week, it’s time to talk turkey. Frying a turkey, that is. Colonists and Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner for centuries, but the practice of frying a turkey for dinner is a recent one. “There’s not a juicier, more flavorful turkey anywhere,” said Bill Gatewood, Corporate Vice President and…

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…

Insuring Your Kids’ King-Sized Halloween Haul

With U.S. spending on Halloween candy projected to reach $2.6 billion this year, and Canada expected to surpass $1 billion, 2018 will likely be a record season for trick-or-treaters across the country. A Confectionery Indemnification Policy (CIP) can help protect that bumper crop of candy. This new policy is available for kids ages 5 to 12, with consent…

Increasing Frequency of Dog Bites a Reminder of Costly Liability for Businesses and Pet Owners

In Pennsylvania last month, an employee filed a lawsuit against Home Depot and her supervisors alleging the defendants failed to maintain a safe work environment after she was bit by a dog brought in by a customer. Earlier this month, a toddler in North Carolina was hospitalized after he was bit by a dog. Another…

Why Renting Out Your Swimming Pool Might Not Be Worth the Risk

Renting out your swimming pool can provide additional income given the opportunities provided by today’s sharing economy. The website Swimply functions like the aquatic equivalent of Airbnb or HomeAway for pools. It offers a digital marketplace for homeowners to rent out their pool by the hour. Rentable pools are available in at least 18 states….