Frozen pipe insurance claims are highest in Illinois once again

Frozen pipe insurance claims - Frozen Pipe -Ice

For the second year in a row, the state has suffered the most claims for burst plumbing from freezing. State Farm Insurance has released its data regarding frozen pipe insurance claims and has, once more, placed Illinois at the top of the list. That said, the state’s position at the top isn’t a coveted one. The reason is that it is for having filed the most claims filed regarding burst pipes due to freezing weather. The insurer has taken the opportunity to share its stats and advice for home and…

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Cannabis business insurance is easier to obtain in 2019 (but still has a long way to go)

Cannabis Business Insurance - Hemp Leaf

Options are becoming much more widely available including coverage from top carriers. One year ago, cannabis business insurance coverage options were few and far between. Now that 2019 is getting started, these companies already have far more opportunities to obtain insurance. Moreover, many top carriers are among those selling products in this market. This niche had once been covered nearly exclusively by start-up insurers, but the trend has changed. A growing number of states have legalized cannabis. Accordingly, selling cannabis business insurance has become far more appealing to insurers of…

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Steadfast Insurance files lawsuit against oil and gas companies for causing earthquakes

Steadfast Insurance - Oil and Gas Drilling Rig

The insurer is suing seven oil and gas companies in order to achieve subrogation for quake damage. Steadfast Insurance Company is suing seven oil and gas companies, seeking subrogation in an effort to recover the almost $400,000 it has paid out in policyholder claims. The lawsuit is over the wastewater injections that occurred near Pawnee. The complaint is not entirely unique, as four other pending lawsuits of a similar nature have been filed. On September 3, 2016, the Pawnee Nation’s government buildings were damaged by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Since…

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Bankrupt California insurance company may face state takeover

Bankrupt California insurance company

Regulators move to take over an insurer unable to pay its wildfire claims following massive destruction. A California insurance company bankrupted by the Camp Fire and other wildfires may be taken over by the state. Regulators have made their first moves toward a takeover after wildfires raged through the state, destroying over 13,000 homes. Merced Property & Casualty Company was unable to keep up with the cost of its policyholder claims. The California insurance company was pushed into insolvency by the wildfire sparked on November 8, 2018. That same fire…

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Marriott data breach costly despite cybersecurity insurance coverage

Marriott data breach - Marriott Hotel

The massive hotel chain’s cyberattack could affect as many as 500 million of its customers. The Marriott data breach is now believed to affect as many as 500 million of its customers. The hotel giant is protected by cybersecurity insurance, but the cost of the cyberattack’s cost could be in the billions over coming years. These types of mega-breaches are becoming more commonplace and more costly all around. Based on data from other similarly sized breaches, the Marriott data breach will come with a multi-billion dollar price tag over the…

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Lack of art insurance leads to Banksy artwork seizures

Art Insurance - Art Exhibit

The pieces by the world famous street artist have been seized by Belgian authorities due to a lack of coverage. Belgian authorities have seized artworks from the famous/infamous street artist, Banksy, due to a lack of art insurance from the exhibitor showing them. As soon as the authorities realized that there could be a coverage issue, they acted to remove the pieces from the location. The Banksy artwork had been on display in an exhibition held at an empty Brussels supermarket space. The 58 pieces of Banksy artwork are valued…

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Environmental liability insurance market takes off as regulators crack down on pollution

Environmental liability insurance - Air Pollution - smoke

As standard property or general liability policies don’t cover enough, pollution coverage is increasingly common. Environmental liability insurance is rapidly growing in popularity as exposures have grown beyond the coverage from general liability and standard property policies. Claims relating to pollution and the environment are frequently complex as well as expensive. The complexity and cost relating to issues relating to pollution have sent underwriters to step away from risks relating to pollution. This has left a gap open for environmental liability insurance products to fill. The market in many countries…

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