Nature Conservancy purchases an insurance policy to cover Hawaii’s coral reefs

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The nonprofit is the first organization to obtain coverage for the coral’s repair following coastal storms. Coastal storms in Hawaii have been damaging already threatened coral reefs and the Nature Conservancy nonprofit has now purchased an insurance policy to repair that damage. State officials cannot afford to implement the repairs that the coverage will pay the nonprofit to do. This first-of-its-kind insurance policy approach to climate change is an effort to obtain the necessary funding to help the coral reefs in Hawaii to keep up with the worsening storms. This…

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Auto insurance premiums to climb by double digits again in 2023

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The cost of insuring a vehicle in the United States is rapidly rising due to several factors. If there’s anything Americans are getting used to seeing at the moment, it’s increases in their auto insurance premiums. Looking back at the trends from 2022 and looking forward to what is expected in 2023 has meant considerably higher costs associated with insuring a new or used vehicle. This year has seen the largest rate increases recorded in the United States since 2019. As was recently reported by Live Insurance News, there have…

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Auto insurance rates have risen 17 percent since 2020

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American drivers are paying considerably more now for their coverage than a couple of years ago. Drivers across the United States are paying around 17 percent more for their auto insurance than they were paying in 2020, according to the results of a new Insurify study. This year, the average annual premiums for passenger vehicles across the country is $1,750. Michigan was identified as the state where drivers are paying the most for their auto insurance, at an average annual $2,510. The difference between that and what drivers are paying…

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State Farm insurance company sues Amazon over patent infringement

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According to the insurer, the online marketplace willfully infringed on patented tech. The State Farm insurance company has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the ecommerce giant of having “willfully infringed” on State Farm patented technology at the core of Elder Care Technology in order to offer a competing product. The insurer filed the lawsuit against Amazon and affiliated companies for patent infringement. The insurance company’s lawsuit has to do with the tech innovations incorporated into the Sundial product. This represents the first time the insurer has ever filed a…

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Geico faces California car insurance class action lawsuit

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The insurer has been accused of overcharging its policyholders early in the COVID-19 pandemic. A federal judge recently decided that a California car insurance lawsuit accusing Geico of having overcharged over 2 million drivers in the state on their premiums early in the pandemic can proceed as a class action. The judge rejected the insurer’s arguments that the lawsuit would lead to “insurmountable manageability problems”. US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman of San Jose rejected Geico’s assertions that a group California car insurance lawsuit regarding the unsatisfactory nature of the…

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Insurance costs associated with war in Ukraine higher than Iraq war

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Industry sources are saying that coverage is now more expensive and more challenging to organize. Insurance costs associated with journalists, humanitarian workers, engineers and other people traveling to Ukraine are now more expensive and tougher to organize than was the case during the Iraq war. A growing number of insurers have started working their way into providing coverage for this destination. Though insurers had initially been hesitant to provide coverage immediately after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, several have started easing back, according to industry sources. That said, insurance costs…

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Farmers Insurance Group rating downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service

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The insurer’s IFS rating was slashed from an A3 to an A2, while its rating outlook is stable. Moody’s Investors Service has taken Farmers Insurance Exchange’s insurance financial strength (IFS) rating down a degree from A3 to A2, and its surplus note rating from a Baa2 (hyb) to a Baa3 (hyb). That said, its ratings outlook is expected to remain stable. The ratings downgrade is a reflection of the weakness of the insurer’s underwriting results. Farmers Insurance Group saw week underwriting results and the ratings downgrade was a reflection of…

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