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Opioid Lawsuits Unlikely to Top Tobacco Settlements
An Oklahoma case, the first of more than 1,600 lawsuits filed by U.S. state and local governments against opioid makers to go to trial, could serve as a key benchmark for governments hoping to recoup costs associated with the public …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 4:36 PM
2 More Illinois Counties Receive Flooding Disaster Proclamations
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has issued disaster proclamations for two more counties affected by flooding. Pritzker added Knox and Henry counties in western Illinois to the counties receiving disaster proclamations. That brings the total in Illinois to 37 counties. Pritzker’s …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 4:16 PM
Officials, Petroleum Council Tout New North Dakota Oilfield Safety Program
The North Dakota Petroleum Council and state officials say a new oilfield safety training program, 18 months in the making, will be a time-saver for tens of thousands of contract workers. Fifty oil companies worked on the standards for the …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 4:13 PM
Feds Probing Repairs Made on Plane in Hawaii Crash
Federal investigators will review repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that became inverted before crashing shortly after takeoff on Oahu’s North Shore, killing all 11 people on board in the deadliest civil aviation accident since 2011. The same …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 3:04 PM
Oregon Lawmakers Repealed Tsunami Zone Building Law
The Oregon Legislature has repealed a nearly 25-year-old law prohibiting new schools, hospitals, jails, and police and fire stations from being built in the state’s tsunami inundation zone. The Statesman Journal reported that coastal legislators, who pushed the bill, say …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 3:02 PM
Four California Men Involved Alleged Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Ring
Detectives from the California Department of Insurance have arrested Ameer Almassou, Bariq Aleyada, and Ziad Jaber Jaber for allegedly stealing more than $22,000 from auto insurers by filing fraudulent insurance claims. One additional suspect, Muhamed El Gererey, self-surrendered. The scheme …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 2:56 PM
Topa in California Names Yates Assistant Vice President of Claims
Topa Insurance Co. has named Kelly Yates assistant vice president of claims. Yates will be located in Topa’s Calabasas, Calif. office. Yates has oversight of Topa’s property and commercial auto business and its special investigations unit. He has more tahn …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 2:47 PM
Reuters Report: How Judges’ Secrecy Has Added to Toll of Opioids and Other Products
WELCH, West Virginia —The opioid epidemic that has so far killed half a million Americans is routinely blamed on greedy drug makers, feckless doctors and lax regulators. But there’s another group that has contributed to the depth and duration of …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 2:23 PM
Specialty Broker Ed Expands to Bermuda
Reinsurance and specialty broker Ed said it has received regulatory approval from the Bermuda Monetary Authority for its new operation in Bermuda. Ed Bermuda will provide its multiline broking services through TradEd, its proprietary trading platform. Opening in Bermuda underpins …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 1:31 PM
Vote Expected on Federal Funds to Test Connecticut Crumbling Foundations
Federal legislation that sets aside $4 million in federal funds to study the effects of the mineral pyrrhotite on concrete aggregate has advanced in the U.S. Congress. Democratic U.S. Joe Courtney, whose eastern Connecticut district includes homeowners with basements crumbling …

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 1:22 PM

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