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Eye on Q3: Specialty Insurance Overview Thursday, July 17 at 1:30 PM ET Please join us for an outlook into the third quarter of 2021, with specific insights into Personal Property, Casualty, Commercial Property, and Construction. Featured Experts: Rich Gobler, Corporate Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox, San Francisco, CA Adrian Smith, Managing Director, Broker, Casualty, Burns &…

Fire at Historic Mackinac Island Home Causes $1 Million in Damages

Fire at Historic Mackinac Island Home Causes $1 Million in Damages

A historic home on Michigan’s famed Mackinac Island caught fire on May 30, leaving more than $1 million in damages to the 120-year-old cottage. No one was injured in the blaze, which was reportedly caused by a chimney failure that occurred about two hours after a fireplace was lit on the home’s first floor. Fire officials described the roof and…

Billion-Dollar Hail Loss Underscores Risk of ‘Unpredictable’ Severe Weather

Billion-Dollar Hail Loss Underscores Risk of ‘Unpredictable’ Severe Weather

Parts of Texas and Oklahoma are still assessing the toll of destruction after hail reportedly as large as softballs left swaths of damages to homes, cars and other property on April 28. The day was expected to be declared a \"billion-dollar hail loss day\" in the U.S.: according to the federal Storm Prediction Center, there were 38 reports of severe…

Property & Casualty 2021 Q1 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

Property & Casualty 2021 Q1 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

By Paul G. Smith, Corporate Senior Vice President, Carrier Relations, H.W. Kaufman Group Following the release of our Burns & Wilcox Property & Casualty Market Overview and Forecast: Eye on 2021 report last quarter the already challenged Commercial and Personal insurance marketplace was greeted with yet another extraordinary event—Winter Storm Uri (February 13-17). The widespread impact resulted in over 170…

President Biden’s Dog ‘Major’ Involved in Second Biting Incident

President Biden’s Dog ‘Major’ Involved in Second Biting Incident

One of the White House’s two canine residents was involved in a biting incident on March 29: the Bidens’ German Shepherd, Major, reportedly nipped at a National Park Service employee during a walk on the White House South Lawn. The employee was assessed by the White House medical unit and returned to work without injury. The incident has dominated national…

Storm Damage Costs Could Be Highest in Texas, U.S. History

Storm Damage Costs Could Be Highest in Texas, U.S. History

The winter storm that knocked out power for millions amid frigid temperatures and spawned a rash of water-related disasters is expected to be the costliest weather event in Texas history. More than a week after the storm began on February 11, a third of Texas residents continued to experience power service disruptions, millions lacked ready access to safe water, and…

Bitter Cold, Heavy Snow Slam Homeowners, Businesses Across U.S.

Bitter Cold, Heavy Snow Slam Homeowners, Businesses Across U.S.

Collapsed roofs, caved-in foundations and broken windows are evidence of the destruction caused by bitterly cold temperatures and powerful winter storms that have hammered the U.S. and parts of Canada1 in recent weeks. As of February 17, 2.7 million Texans are still without power from a severe storm system spanning 25 states that began on February 13. The storm has…

Tom Brady Rookie Card Fetches a Record $555,988 at Auction

Tom Brady Rookie Card Fetches a Record $555,988 at Auction

An autographed Tom Brady rookie card was purchased at auction on eBay for $555,988 January 25, one day after the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback helped his team secure a spot in Super Bowl LV. The rare 2000 card was rated PSA Gem Mint 10—virtually perfect—condition1 and depicts Brady the year he was drafted by the New England Patriots. It…

Mammoth Sinkhole Forces Hospital to Relocate COVID Patients

Mammoth Sinkhole Forces Hospital to Relocate COVID Patients

A mammoth sinkhole opened up in the visitors’ parking lot at Hospital of the Sea in Naples, Italy on January 8, consuming three cars and forcing the temporary closure of a nearby residence for recovering COVID-19 patients. Though the sinkhole measured a whopping 66 feet deep and 21,527 square feet across, no injuries were reported and six patients were relocated…

5 Tips for a Safer Holiday Season, Online and At Home

5 Tips for a Safer Holiday Season, Online and At Home

Cybersecurity experts are warning consumers about a new scam that capitalizes on the pandemic forcing many seasonal gift shops and pop-up markets to go virtual this year. In a scam alert issued on November 13, the Better Business Bureau said cybercriminals are using copycat shopping event sites and social media pages to charge admission and steal credit card data. In…

Powerball Winner Keeps Promise to Split $22 Jackpot with Friend

Powerball Winner Keeps Promise to Split $22 Jackpot with Friend

A Wisconsin man who recently won $22 million playing the state’s Powerball lottery has followed through on a decades-old promise to split the jackpot with his friend. Thomas Cook and his friend fishing partner, Joseph Feeney, reportedly made a handshake agreement 28 years ago to split any lottery winnings if either of them ever hit the jackpot. Cook made good…

Architects, Engineers Sued for Negligence, Defects in $1.5 Million Beach Cabana Project

Architects, Engineers Sued for Negligence, Defects in $1.5 Million Beach Cabana Project

In a lawsuit filed on August 11, the Barefoot Resort Residential Owners Association claimed experts found 13 construction defects in its $1.5 million beach cabana project. The North Myrtle Beach community’s homeowners association subsequently terminated contracts with the architect and general contractor, citing defects in design and construction that included the use of materials unsuitable for a coastal environment. Five…

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