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Journal-News - More than one solution likely will be needed to address issues that led to the June 2 flooding in Hamilton, according to officials who spoke during Wednesday night’s city council meeting.Several angry property owners whose buildings have been swamped multiple times by raw sewage, attended the meeting and expressed frustration the flooding hadn’t been addressed since a heavy storm in 2009 that cost many of them thousands of dollars. There’s more bad news: It may cost property owners money in cases where their storm gutters are connected to the city’s sanitary-sewer system — the one that receives waste from sinks and toilets — rather than emptying into their lawns or connecting to the storm sewer system, which is intended to carry rain and melted snow.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
Insurance News Net - The city of Anchorage has reached a settlement with one of the parties in an ongoing lawsuit over the botched Port of Anchorage expansion, a $5.5 million payout that officials hope is a first step in recovering many millions more. Documents submitted to the Anchorage Assembly earlier this month describe the settlement between the city and MKB Constructors, which worked as a subcontractor on the expansion project with Quality Asphalt Paving Inc. The Washington-based company was mainly responsible for driving steel sheet piles into the floor of Cook Inlet to create the base of what was to be an expanded, upgraded port.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
Insurance Business America - Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. was ordered by a federal judge to pay over $8.1 million in damages. The order comes after a jury came to the conclusion last year that the insurer acted negligently and in bad faith in denying a claim for the death of an auto accident victim. Over $5.7 million of the judgment represents a state court jury award in a previous trial in 2009. The underlying case behind the judgment is a 2005 auto accident in which a commercial van operated by Seung Park ran a red light and crashed into Stacey Camacho’s Toyota Tercel. The 25-year-old mother lost her life in the tragedy, but her two-year-old son Jacob survived her.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
KLBJ - A south Texas hailstorm in 2012 was the start of an increase in lawsuits being filed after severe weather events, sometimes even after claims were paid and repairs were completed. Some insurers received notices of hundreds of lawsuits being filed at one time immediately or sometimes months after a storm. And oddly, despite this rush to the courthouse, data from the Texas Department of Insurance showed few complaints being filed during 2013-2015. “Typically, only a small number of claims result in lawsuits, and many insurers were surprised by this sudden onslaught of lawsuits especially given that companies did not suddenly change how they resolved claims,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
Consumerist - A week after General Motors was hit with a potential class action lawsuit related to the carmakers admission that it had incorrectly calculated the fuel economy on several SUV models, the company’s Chevrolet division is facing a second lawsuit alleging it tricked consumers into paying more for diesel-engine Chevy Cruze Turbo sedans equipped with emissions-cheating software. Owners of Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel vehicles filed the lawsuit [PDF] in a U.S. District Court in California this week accusing the company of deceptively marketing the vehicles as “GM’s cleanest diesel engine ever” even though they knew the cars produce illegally high levels of pollution.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
FOX News - Five people died early Wednesday in a head-on crash between two cars on Interstate 16 west of Savannah. Investigators were trying to determine what caused a westbound Ford Mustang to cross the median and smash into an oncoming Kia Soul in the eastbound lanes shortly before 6 a.m., just ahead of the morning rush of commuters heading to work in Savannah."We’ve still got a bunch of unanswered questions," said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Nease of the Georgia State Patrol. "We don’t have anything standing out to us saying hey, this is why this happened."
Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
Arkansas Online - A Pulaski County employee was arrested Tuesday morning on 153 charges of theft and fraud after being accused of pilfering nearly $250,000 from the county’s vehicle insurance provider since 2008. Wanda Wyatt, 60, of Bryant was placed under arrest after admitting to investigators that she took part in an insurance-reporting scheme, according to an arrest report. She was being held at the Pulaski County jail Tuesday evening on 73 felony counts of theft and 80 felony counts of computer fraud related to submitting or accessing deposits online. Bail was set at $665,000.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
ABC7 - Powerful storms left a trail of damage in the Chicago area. The National Weather Service confirmed at least four tornadoes touched down in Illinois Wednesday. As many as 18 reports of tornadoes came in Wednesday night. The tornado that swept through Pontiac, Illinois, which is about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, may have caused some of the worst damage. The tornado ripped off the side of a Shell gas station located along Reynolds Street, just east of I-55. Mangled metal and wood were tossed around. Some pieces shattered the windows of parked cars.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
 
Claims Management - The world of social media is growing so quickly that it is nearly impossible to keep up with all of the popular blogs, networking sites, and social media outlets. Personally, my 12-year-old son is my best source of information on what sites and apps are being used in any given week. The middle school set apparently has the technological insight that investigators, claims professionals, and attorneys can only hope to understand when handling fraud claims. Unfortunately, child labor laws prohibit me from putting my son to work (officially), so I find myself forced to navigate this landscape on my own.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
 
Insurance Networking News - Outsmarting white-collar crime is a major goal for commercial lines’ carriers who want their customers to reduce risk, but with the right guidance and training, it may not be as difficult as it seems. The typical organization loses five percent of its annual revenue to fraud. Mostly unrecoverable, these losses often carry red flags. With some of these red flags relatively simple to identify, taking a preemptive approach to policies and procedures that can identify them has become an imperative.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
 
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