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Laptop spyware class action reinstated

By: Judy Greenwald

Published April 17, 2015 - 3:08pm CST

A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a putative class action lawsuit filed by a couple who said their rented computer had spyware that took pictures of them and the websites they visited, violating their privacy.

U.S. calls for more oil train inspections, other safety measures

Published April 17, 2015 - 2:23pm CST

(Reuters) — Oil train operators must have detailed information on hand about the possible risks of their cargo in case of an accident and perform more thorough checks before moving on the tracks, U.S. transportation officials said on Friday.

Alito steps into health reform contraception case

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published April 17, 2015 - 2:16pm CST

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has signed an order temporarily granting relief to a handful of Pennsylvania religious organizations from a lower court's decision that they must notify insurers of their intention not to provide birth control to employees, or face fines under the Affordable Care Act.

Health care law reinsurance fee to generate about $10 billion says HHS

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 17, 2015 - 1:40pm CST

A health care reform law-created program that imposes a fee on self-funded employers and other health care plan sponsors is expected to generate enough revenue to partially reimburse insurers — under earlier government set standards — covering those with high health care costs in the individual market, federal regulators say.

Tennessee comp insurer of last resort to get new administrator

By: Sheena Harrison

Published April 17, 2015 - 12:01pm CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. will serve as the plan administrator for Tennessee’s residual workers compensation market as of July 1, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Aspen, Starr venture to focus on international property cover

By: Matthew Lerner

Published April 17, 2015 - 11:42am CST

Aspen Insurance, part of Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd., and the Starr Cos. will form a vehicle to write international property insurance with a strong focus on European-headquartered industrial companies, Aspen said in a statement Friday.

Hackers increasingly target banks and their employees, not customers

Published April 17, 2015 - 11:34am CST

(Reuters) — Banks, rather than their customers, are increasingly the main target of online thieves, Europol director Rob Wainwright said on Friday in an interview.

Sony Pictures condemns Wikileaks release of documents from hackers

Published April 17, 2015 - 11:19am CST

(Reuters) — Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures Entertainment objected to the online release by WikiLeaks on Thursday of a searchable database of more than 30,000 documents that were obtained by hackers in a massive cyber attack last year.

Ex-Willis catastrophe bond chief joins rival

By: Matthew Lerner

Published April 17, 2015 - 10:45am CST

Reinsurance brokerage TigerRisk Partners L.L.C. named Tony Ursano as its president Friday.

Bill would extend Health Coverage Tax Credit

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 17, 2015 - 10:10am CST

Employees who have lost their jobs due to foreign competition, as well as retirees in failed pension plans, again would be eligible for federal health insurance premium subsidies under legislation introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate.

This week's Top 10 features on BusinessInsurance.com

Published April 17, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Find out which of this week's features on BusinessInsurance.com were the most popular.

EEOC proposes rules for workplace wellness financial incentives

By: Matt Dunning

Published April 16, 2015 - 3:24pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday published a long-awaited set of proposed rules clarifying the agency's stance on the use of financial incentives within workplace wellness programs.

Arthur J. Gallagher buys California insurance broker

By: Matthew Lerner

Published April 16, 2015 - 3:06pm CST

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Huntington Beach, California-based Madison Risk & Insurance Services, Gallagher said Thursday.

Health care support firm gets OK to fund benefits in its captive

By: Jerry Geisel

Published April 16, 2015 - 3:04pm CST

The U.S. Labor Department has given final authorization to Healthcare Services Group Inc., a Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based provider of management and other services to health care companies, to fund voluntary medical, life and short-term disability benefits through its New Jersey-based captive insurance company.

Independent broker network reorganizes board of directors

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 16, 2015 - 2:52pm CST

Independent insurance broker alliance Brokerslink has made several leadership changes to drive growth and revenue, the group said Thursday.