Iran offers oil shipment insurance to India to keep tankers sailing

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Tehran’s efforts to overcome the returning U.S. sanctions include providing their own insurance coverage. Iran has started offering India oil shipment insurance to cover tankers operated by Iranian companies. The goal is to overcome the barriers occurring as a result of Indian insurance companies backing out of covering Iranian oil takers due to the return of sanctions from the United States. By providing their own cargo insurance for tankers headed to India, Tehran is hoping to keep tankers moving. As India is Iran’s second largest single oil customer – China…

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Nine Californian Restaurants receive workers compensation fines

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Restaurants in one state county received over $200,000 in admin fines for failing to cover employees. Nine restaurants in California are now facing substantial workers compensation fines for failing to adequately cover their employees. The fines were the result of a joint enforcement strike force investigation in Contra Costa County. The strike force issued over $200,000 in total administrative workers compensation fines. The fines were issued to the Contra Costa County restaurants for failing to cover their employees according to state laws. The investigators were from the California Department of…

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Banks are selling customized cryptocurrency insurance packages to businesses

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According to a recent Bloomberg Report, several insurers are offering these custom products. A number of large insurers are now quietly selling cryptocurrency insurance packages to businesses. Despite the association with thefts and hacks, Allianz, AIG and others are offering customized deals to cover the digital currencies for digital asset businesses. Providing cryptocurrency protection is increasingly commonplace despite the lack of publicity. Insurers are acting quite quietly regarding the cryptocurrency insurance they sell. Aon currently holds more than 50 percent of the total cryptocurrency insurance market. The London-based insurer appears…

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Iran insurance processing may soon be blocked on Lloyd’s IT platform

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Sanctions from the United States will likely get in the way of using the platform for this purpose. New U.S. sanctions will likely make it impossible to purchase any form of Iran insurance using a Lloyd’s of London platform. This will only worsen struggles for European insurers that have been providing Iranian coverage. The sanctions are being re-applied by the United states after it backed out of the nuclear deal. President Trump walked out on the Iran nuclear deal in May. The remainder of the world powers that originally joined…

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Kansas insurance company claim paid out after child knocks over $132,000 statue

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The child’s parents were required to pay for the broken artwork, but their insurer paid most. The Kansas insurance company has covered the parents of a boy who knocked over a statue worth $132,000. The video of the boy toppling the artwork went viral shortly after the incident happened. The video was used as evidence against the boy and the parents were required to cover the cost of the broken artwork. That said, their Kansas insurance company came through with a payment of $107,000 for the damage caused by the…

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Blockchain insurance technology goes live through EY’s Maritime

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A new pilot is underway to use the tech most often associated with cryptocurrencies for new uses. A number of companies are working together on a blockchain insurance technology pilot program. The idea is to trial the platform for the global shipping industry. The tech has now gone live and has started being used for commercial purposes through the pilot. The new blockchain insurance technology platform is called “Insurwave.” The Earnst & Young professional services firm worked with the Guardtime software company on this project. The platform was created using…

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General Electric seeks to divest itself of insurance business

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GE wants to step away from the long term care insurance that is now costing it far too much. General Electric Co. is currently seeking to unload its troubled insurance business. The American multinational conglomerate has been working with investment bankers to identify opportunities. The company’s insurance branch took on a wealth of expenses following shareholder lawsuits. GE’s insurance business was required to cover extensive charges at the same time it faced lawsuits from its shareholders. The company was also the subject of an investigation by United States regulators, according…

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Cyber insurance providers may face greater risk than natural disasters

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Data increasingly shows that the cost of a massive cyberattack can be more costly than a hurricane. It took a number of years for cyber insurance providers to be taken seriously. However, with the rising frequency and cost associated with high-profile and widespread attacks, that situation is changing. Insurance policies against hacking and data breaches are becoming the standard among large businesses. A recent PYMNTS report outlined the rising trend toward this type of coverage. Moreover, it pointed out that, moving forward, cyber insurance providers will face major risks. They…

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Georgia purchase largest US cyber insurance policy

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The state is adding to its protection against hackers following a massive March ransomware attack. Georgia has added a new layer of protection against hackers by purchasing the largest cyber insurance policy in the United States. The coverage is a component of the state’s new strategy against cyberattacks. Last March it fell victim to a ransomware attack. The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website was taken down unless the state would pay. Hackers demanded $50,000 in the ransomware attack. Despite the hackers’ demands, the state would not pay the ransom. Instead,…

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Toothbrush startup acquires dental insurance company for total tooth care

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Quip has announced its intentions to purchase Afora, taking the next step in its unique business model. Electric toothbrush startup, Quip, is acquiring Afora, a dental insurance company. Quip first started selling its toothbrushes online back in 2015. It has, since that time, built a substantial consumer network. The toothbrush company offers subscriptions for direct-to-consumer personal care products. As popular as its toothbrushes have become, Quip is lining up to become more than a toothbrush brand. Instead, it is expanding to be able to become a dental insurance company, too.…

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