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Storming the Capitol: Insurance’s role in covering invasions past and present

History provides a great opportunity to learn from past mistakes to avoid repeating them today. Consider this semi-fictitious account of another invasion of the Capitol. Benjamin Franklin organized the oldest property insurance company…

The Road Ahead for Semi-autonomous Vehicle Crash Liability

Semi-autonomous vehicles, which allow drivers to supervise and take control of the vehicle, are becoming more common. But before we fully accept the inherent risks and realities linked to the idea that semi-autonomous…

Commercial Insurance Prices Hit Highest Average Increase Since 2003

U.S. commercial insurance price increases hit their highest level since 2003 in the fourth quarter of 2020, with the average across all lines up over 10%, according to Willis Towers Watson’s Commercial…

‘Bad actors are out there’: Cyber experts have long warned of an attack on water supply systems

The announcement of a Feb. 5 cyberattack on a public drinking water supply in Florida, an event that could have been much worse, illustrates the gaps in critical infrastructure cybersecurity and the…

Businesses Struggling in Pandemic Sue Insurers, With Mixed Results

This article is being republished as part of the WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (December 30, 2020). Chef Matthew Kelly is one…

Pandemic Driving Trends to Translate into Fewer On-The-Job Auto Accidents

Costs related to on-the-job motor vehicle accidents (MVA) are expected to drop as workers drive less frequently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis produced by the National Council on…

Unemployment and Infectious Disease Worry Global Execs Most, but Climate Risks are on the Rise

Business leaders around the world rate unemployment as the most concerning risk followed by infectious diseases, fiscal crisis and cyberattacks, but climate risks are on the rise, according to a new report…

SB 1159 – Amends Existing Workers’ Compensation Laws Regarding COVID-19

SB 1159 amends existing workers’ compensation laws to address the impact of employees who contract COVID-19 and the extent that such illness is considered industrial, and therefore entitles the employee to workers’…

AB 685 – More COVID Complications for Employers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on maintaining a safe workplace, AB 685 amends the Labor Code in several areas to require employers to adhere to stricter occupational health…

Minor League Baseball Teams Sue Insurers Over COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims

By Erin Ayers, Advisen Over a dozen minor league baseball teams and their owners have sued their insurers for “catastrophic” financial losses tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that virus exclusions in…