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California Kidnapping, $2 Million Ransom Shows Need for Protection

A California man who owns a luxury car dealership remains missing after he was abducted by three men in July near Los Angeles, California, according to authorities. His captors have demanded $2 million in ransom. The kidnappers reportedly contacted missing entrepreneur Ruochen “Tony” Liao’s family in China to demand the ransom. The captors did not…

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Uber Driver Who Recorded Passengers Pushes Privacy Boundaries

An Uber and Lyft driver who live-streamed passengers in his vehicle to a channel on the video streaming website Twitch is part of a growing number of practices that challenge privacy rights in today’s surveillance society. Since March, hundreds of St. Louis-area passengers have been streamed online without their knowledge by their driver, Jason Gargac….

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Thai Cave Rescue: How Volunteers & Organizations Can Reduce Risk of Lawsuits

The rescue of 12 youth soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand captivated the world this week. The boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16, and their coach were exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in northern Thailand on June 23 before they became trapped inside following heavy…

Design, Construction Flaws Can Result in Devastating Financial Liabilities

Florida International University (FIU) wanted a signature bridge to help highlight the school’s “institutional aspirations.” However, the project’s planners appear to have overlooked a design flaw that was likely a key factor in the 950-ton bridge collapsing in March. The tragic accident resulted in the death of one construction worker on the bridge and five…

As GDPR Takes Effect, Businesses Could be at Risk for Privacy Liability

Data protection rules are getting an overhaul in Europe, which likely will create a ripple effect that impacts U.S.-based organizations, regardless of whether they have European operations. Starting Friday, May 25, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect to update personal data rules, changing the requirements for organizations collecting and managing…

Allegations Against Tom Brokaw Illustrates Need for Liability Coverage

Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is the most recent celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct, although he denies the claims. This latest example of the #MeToo era Americans live and work in is prompting organizations to ask whether their insurance policies protect their executive team and employees from accusations of sexual harassment. The insurance…

Allied Medical Coverage: Make Sure Your Clients Have the Complete Diagnoses

By 2040, seniors with disabilities will expand from 10 to 20 million. With an aging population comes a growing demand for healthcare resources – both technological and professional – stretching the service limits of hospitals, health care centers and medical facilities. Make sure your medical facilities and healthcare professional clients have the complete diagnoses when…

Recent Motor Coach Accidents Show Potential Risk in Transporting Employees and Clients

If using a company-owned or third-party vehicle to transport employees, clients, students or any large group of people, it is important to understand what the potential financial loss could be in the event of an accident. Over the past several days, bus accidents that resulted in varying degrees of personal tragedy have occurred from Canada…

Self-driving Uber Crash Points to Risks in Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Autonomous vehicles (AV) are changing the way the world drives. Yet this emerging industry is also changing how technology companies think about limiting liabilities in case their products do not work as intended. In the aftermath of the death of a pedestrian struck by an Uber self-driving vehicle on March 18 in Arizona, the future…