• Should Workers' Comp Cover Medical Marijuana?

    Should Workers' Comp Cover Medical Marijuana? "Some states have standards for identifying marijuana impairment on the job. However, those standards differ from state to state," says Laura Kersey, NCCI's executive director, regulatory & legislative analysis. (Credit: Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)...

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  • Amazon Wins in Yet Another Third-Party Products Liability Dispute

    Amazon Wins in Yet Another Third-Party Products Liability Dispute A remote control with a button battery. Photo: jeab05/Shutterstock.com After Texas' high court said Amazon isn't a "seller" under Texas law, it took only four days for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to order the...

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  • How an Insurance Firm Became Go-To Cybersecurity Fixer

    How an Insurance Firm Became Go-To Cybersecurity Fixer (L-R) John Mullen, Jennifer Coughlin, Christopher Dilenno, and James Prendergast of Mullen Coughlin. Courtesy photos. Since it was founded in 2016 by insurance lawyers from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Lancaster County-based law firm...

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  • Climate Risk Puts Insurers on the Hot Seat

    Climate Risk Puts Insurers on the Hot Seat A growing number of insurers have already announced plans to reduce their own company's carbon footprint. (Shutterstock) Insurers are no strangers to climate risk, given the billions of dollars carriers lay out annually to clean up property damage and...

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  • COVID-19 Workers' Comp Risk Management Isn't Going Away

    COVID-19 Workers' Comp Risk Management Isn't Going Away "The need for COVID-19-related risk management isn't going away, and it will always be incumbent upon the employer to do what's right and necessary even when action isn't explicitly required," says Gary Pearce, Aclaimant's chief risk...

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  • What's Driving M&A Amongst Insurance Agencies?

    What's Driving M&A Amongst Insurance Agencies? Increased competition and the need to maintain year-over-year productivity are a few of the factors driving M&A amongst independent insurance agencies. (Photo: bas121/Adobe Stock) The independent insurance space is ripe with mergers and...

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  • Historic Drought Slams the U.S. West as Wildfire Season Looms

    Historic Drought Slams the U.S. West as Wildfire Season Looms [gallery ids="117193,117194,117195,117196"] (Bloomberg) — Sarah Brunner opened the irrigation spigots on her farm in March, three months early. The rain should have still been falling in California. Now that summer is taking hold, she...

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  • Here's What You're Doing Wrong in Your Legal Writing

    Here's What You're Doing Wrong in Your Legal Writing ; Judge Robert Bacharach of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Courtesy photo This week's episode is your chance to get some pointers on legal writing from a sitting judge without worrying about having your motion tossed out. Am Law Litigation...

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  • Opioid Judge Reverses Order Excluding Unvaccinated Jurors From Trial

    Opioid Judge Reverses Order Excluding Unvaccinated Jurors From Trial COVID-19 vaccination record card. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM At a telephonic status conference earlier this month, Senior District Judge Dan Polster broached the idea of only having those jurors vaccinated against COVID-19...

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  • Insurance Unemployment Rises to 2.5% in May

    Insurance Unemployment Rises to 2.5% in May Overall U.S. unemployment decreased to 5.8% in May from 6.1% in April, according to the most recent job data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Photo: FOTOGRIN/Shutterstock) Unemployment for insurance carriers and related businesses increased...

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  • COVID Presumptions Continue to Impact Workers' Comp

    COVID Presumptions Continue to Impact Workers' Comp "While many of the bills we monitored in 2020 focused on establishing presumptions that were applicable primarily to first responders and/or healthcare workers, several of the current legislative proposals establish presumptions for additional...

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