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Merger hopes for Aetna-Humana remain, Anthem-Cigna not so much

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 26, 2016 - 4:36pm CST

Barclays' analysts see a strong case for Aetna and Humana particularly after divestitures.

Senate cafeteria workers due back pay

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 26, 2016 - 4:24pm CST

Almost 700 food service workers at the U.S. Senate cafeterias will receive more than $1 million in back wages after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found their employers failed to pay the prevailing wages required of federal contractors, the DOL said Tuesday.

Preliminary approval granted for VW settlement

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 26, 2016 - 2:50pm CST

(Reuters) — A federal judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval for a $10 billion settlement in which Volkswagen AG will offer to buy back up to 475,000 polluting 2.0 liter diesel-powered vehicles.

Court rules injury proof irrelevant to retaliation claim

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 26, 2016 - 2:28pm CST

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a worker doesn’t need to prove an injury occurred on the job to establish a claim of retaliation.

EEOC sues Brown & Brown for pregnancy discrimination

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 26, 2016 - 1:34pm CST

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against insurance broker Brown & Brown Inc.

Zenefits settles insurance licensing compliance issues

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 26, 2016 - 11:29am CST

By paying $62,000 fine, tech-focused benefits broker can keep operating in Tennessee.

The force awakens and admits to Star Wars safety breach

Published July 26, 2016 - 11:07am CST

The production company responsible for working on the U.K. set of Star Wars admitted to health and safety breaches.

Canada to phase out crude-by-rail cars early as shipments drop

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 26, 2016 - 9:52am CST

(Reuters) — Canada will take older tank cars out of crude-by-rail service much earlier than originally planned, its transport minister said on Monday, in the government's latest move to toughen rail safety after a deadly 2013 crash.

Deutsche Bank must face U.S. lawsuit over subprime disclosures

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 26, 2016 - 9:41am CST

(Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Monday said Deutsche Bank A.G. must face part of a lawsuit claiming it deceived investors who bought more than $5.4 billion of preferred securities by concealing its exposure to the fast-deteriorating subprime mortgage market.

Courts move toward transgender rights, but much depends on election

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 25, 2016 - 3:56pm CST

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Obama Administration may prevail in their position that federal civil rights law protects transgender and gay individuals from discrimination, say experts, but much depends on the outcome of the November elections.

Risk managers unprepared for self-driving cars

By: Rob Lenihan

Published July 25, 2016 - 3:15pm CST

Autonomous vehicles have yet to drive their way into the radar of most risk managers, according to a survey.

Judge bans Uber's use of background checks

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 25, 2016 - 11:05am CST

(Reuters) — A federal judge banned Uber from using information from a background check on a passenger bringing a price-fixing lawsuit.

E.U. working with consumer groups to pressure VW for compensation

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 25, 2016 - 11:00am CST

(Reuters) — Europe's Commissioner for Justice is working with E.U. consumer groups to pressure Volkswagen A.G. to compensate clients in Europe as it has in the United States over the diesel emissions scandal.

Lloyd's insurer may establish E.U. arm to weather Brexit

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 25, 2016 - 9:51am CST

Reuters — Lloyd's of London underwriter Hiscox Ltd. said it would consider setting up an E.U.-based insurance company to weather the possible effect of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, sending its shares to an all-time high.

Clinton VP pick Kaine backs improving and expanding the ACA

By: Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

Published July 25, 2016 - 9:32am CST

Virginia senator has sponsored several bills to fix gaps and glitches in health care reform.

Merger momentum hits a brick wall

Published July 22, 2016 - 1:04pm CST

Are health insurers' merger dreams at a dead end?

S&P puts Humana, Aetna under review after merger lawsuit

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 22, 2016 - 12:45pm CST

“We believe a deal termination would likely have a negative impact on Humana's credit profile," S&P said in a report Friday.

The BI Top 10

Published July 22, 2016 - 9:28am CST

The Justice Department's move to block health insurer mergers, confirmed Thursday, is among Business Insurance's top 10 most read features.

After 'Brexit' vote, Beazley unit seeks E.U. licenses in Ireland

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 22, 2016 - 8:37am CST

Beazley is working to get European insurance licenses for its Irish reinsurance business to allow it to operate throughout the E.U.

Florida workers comp challenge seeks U.S. Supreme Court review

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published July 21, 2016 - 3:59pm CST

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a challenge of the constitutionality of Florida's workers comp system after the state Supreme Court declined to rule.

Jon Corzine reaches settlement in MF Global's collapse

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:42pm CST

(Reuters) — Jon Corzine has reached a settlement with the trustee for the former New Jersey governor's collapsed brokerage MF Global Holdings Ltd., as part of a series of accords expected to provide about $132 million to creditors, according to court papers.

Humana to sharply curtail individual offerings

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:33pm CST

Insurer cites challenges in ACA public exchanges and individual markets.

Stakeholders, pundits laud litigation to halt health insurer mergers

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:07pm CST

The American Medical Association, among others, says deals would harm patients and the health care industry.

How the New York Fed fumbled over the Bangladesh Bank heist

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 21, 2016 - 11:15am CST

A single word, by a stroke of luck, helped stop the Fed from paying nearly $1 billion to the cyber criminals.

Justice sues to block Anthem-Cigna, Aetna-Humana mergers; insurers vow to fight

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 9:43am CST

Federal officials say the reduction in competition would hurt employers, consumers, doctors and hospitals.

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