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Silica could be next asbestos: S&P

June 14, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

A new article by Standard & Poor’s addresses the issue of silica exposure and its potential impact on insurers. “The parallels to asbestos are of concern to us,” says S&P credit analyst John Iten. He expects silica litigation growth could

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Restaurants concerned with insurance implications of BYOW

June 10, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

With the introduction in the Ontario legislature of a bill to allow restaurant patrons to “bring your own wine” (BYOW), restaurant owners are expressing concern the legislation will have negative insurance implications. Specifically, the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association

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No stability in commercial insurance market: panel

June 8, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Risk managers and brokers have been shocked by the rapid return of soft market conditions, a panel of speakers told the World Insurance Forum in Bermuda yesterday.“We’re not seeing any sort of rate stability in the marketplace today,” admits Peter

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Do not prepare for end to insurance cycles: Sinnott

June 8, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite much talk of the need to “tame the insurance cycle”, buyers should prepare themselves for continuing fluctuation in the price and availability of insurance, John T. Sinnot, senior advisor, Marsh & McLennan Cos. told delegates to the World Insurance

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Insurer exposure to reinsurance credit risk varies widely: study

June 7, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

A study of top commercial insurance writers in the U.K. illustrates the wide variance in exposure to reinsurance credit quality and other financial strength indicators. The study “Insurer Financial Strength Examined” looks at key indicators commercial clients need to assess

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Insurers unruffled by class action reform delay

June 3, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers are unconcerned by the delay of voting on class action reform by the U.S. senate. Senate majority leader Bill Frist of Tennessee had tried to force cloture on the bill, the “Class Action Fairness Act”, but agreed to delay

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Risk retention groups on the rise

May 31, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Risk retention groups (RRGs) are on the upswing, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based Risk Retention Reporter.In 2003, RRG premiums rose to US$1.73 billion dollars, up from US$1.27 billion in 2002. In the last 17 years, RRG premiums have

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What’s new: In brief (May 30, 2004)

May 30, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

A.M. Best has placed the “B++” (very good) rating of Federated Life under review with developing implications as a result of its sale to Western Financial Group by parent Northbridge Financial. The rater says it will meet with Western management

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Risk managers see conflict in contingent commissions: survey

May 26, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite risk managers and brokers shrugging off investigations of contingent commission arrangements, a new survey suggests commercial insurance buyers do see such payments as a conflict of interest.The study, “A Season of Discontent” by Advisen, shows 69% of the 331

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26% of companies target of employee lawsuit: Chubb

May 25, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

One-in-four privately held companies has been the target of an employee lawsuit in the past few years, according to a new study by New Jersey-based Chubb Group.In fact, 44% of the companies surveyed said they expect to be the target

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EPL verdicts on the rise

May 24, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Jury awards in employment practices liability (EPL) cases in the U.S. rose 18% last year, according to new research by Pennsylvania-based Jury Verdict Research. The study notes the median EPL award rose to US$250,000, including cases for discrimination and wrongful

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Lloyd’s results highlight strong rebound

May 24, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Official results for 2003 from Lloyd’s for 2003 highlight the London market’s strong rebound since 9/11, and give evidence to overall industry trends of strong underwriting performance dragged by lingering liability issues from prior years.Lloyd’s is reporting net pre-tax profit