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US commercial reserves continue to haunt industry

May 11, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite strong profits achieved by U.S. property & casualty insurers in 2003, reserving issues continue to plague the industry, leading Standard & Poor’s to maintain its “negative” outlook on the commercial sector.Although commercial insurers added more than US$40 billion to

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Danier Leather to appeal $15 million shareholder suit

May 10, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Danier Leather says it will appeal an Ontario Superior Court verdict which could amount to a $15 million payout.The verdict stems from a 1998 initial public offering (IPO), which spawned a class action suit alleging the company and two

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Commercial industrial focus paying off for GCAN

May 9, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based GCAN insurance company has seen its “A” (excellent) rating affirmed by A.M. Best, a sign of “the continuation of the good results we’ve had for five years”, says president Andy Henke.Henke says the company’s focus on commercial industrial risks

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IBC and ICLR promote emergency preparedness

May 6, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Concurrent with national “Emergency Preparedness Week”, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) are promoting disaster reduction and mitigation efforts in Canada.The ICLR completed a non-structural retrofit on a Halifax home to underscore

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ISO prepares terrorism exclusion wordings in advance of TRIA extension discussions

May 5, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

With the future of the U.S. terrorism risk backstop up in the air, the Insurance Services Office (ISO) has filed conditional wordings for a terrorism insurance policy endorsement.The ISO is asking state regulators to approve the wording if Congress fails

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Swiss Re wins another round against Silverstein

May 4, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re came out ahead in the latest legal round against World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein. A New York jury found in favor of the reinsurer that it is bound by the Wilprop policy form for its portion of

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Hurricane Juan toll hits $113 million

May 4, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The insured losses arising from Hurricane Juan’s assault on Nova Scotia last fall have risen to $113 million, signaling the need for better disaster prevention, says the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).In November, the IBC had pegged insured losses from

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Loyalist completes turnaround for profitable 2003

April 29, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

After successive quarters in the red, and following a restructuring process, The Loyalist Insurance Group (TSX Venture: LOY) has posted a profit for 2003 of $185,000. Although modest, the income comes against a lost of almost $3.9 million for 2002.Results

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Olympics acquires US$170 million insurance policy

April 29, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has, for the first time, purchased a large-scale insurance policy on its next games, to be held in Athens this summer.The US$170 million policy covers the interests of National Olympic Committees and International Federations, and

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Hub brokerage amongst those subpoenaed in New York broker probe (April 28, 2004)

April 28, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Hub International’s Kaye Insurance Associates Inc. is amongst a group of brokerages who are being asked to provide information to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as part of a probe into contingent commissions.Also receiving subpoenas thus far are Marsh,

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Hub buys Washington construction specialty broker

April 27, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Hub International Ltd. has established its 11th “hub”, this time in the Pacific Northwest U.S., with the purchase of Seattle, Washington-based Bush, Cotton & Scott, LLC. The brokerage specializes in general insurance and surety bonding for construction firms in Washington,

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Poor service holding commercial property carriers back: Allianz

April 25, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

A new survey from Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Co. shows dissatisfaction with the level of service being provided by commercial property carriers. In its survey, Allianz finds that 90% of property brokers have recommended clients to change carriers on