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In-Store Theft is Rising for Many Retailers, with More Expected Over the Holidays, Survey Says

In-Store Theft is Rising for Many Retailers, with More Expected Over the Holidays, Survey Says

Theft is a growing concern for many small business owners, according to recent data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In a survey of small retailers, 56% reported experiencing theft from their stores in the past year, and half of the respondents said the issue is getting worse, the association reported. About 53% of small retailers expected even more theft…

Neighbors Sue in New York, Claiming Construction Work ‘Compromised Integrity’ of Their Apartments

Neighbors Sue in New York, Claiming Construction Work ‘Compromised Integrity’ of Their Apartments

Residents of a New York City apartment building are claiming in a lawsuit that construction on a neighboring office building caused their property to sink almost an inch into the ground, leading to cracks and separation in multiple apartment units and forcing some residents to move out, Commercial Observer recently reported. Filed in New York County Supreme Court by the…

Property & Casualty Report: Forward Outlook

Property & Casualty Report: Forward Outlook

The fourth quarter began very different than how the majority of the summer months had transpired from a Natural CAT perspective; as Hurricane Ian used the final few days of Q3 to take aim at Florida’s densely populated gulf coast. Despite mandatory evacuations, fairly accurate forecasting of its path and the usual several days to prepare, its damages were devastating.…

Carbon Monoxide Leaks Evacuate Apartments, Sicken Daycare and School Children

Carbon Monoxide Leaks Evacuate Apartments, Sicken Daycare and School Children

Dozens of students from Clemson University in South Carolina were evacuated from an off-campus apartment complex on Oct. 25 due to a carbon monoxide leak that left some residents seeking medical attention for headaches and nausea after possible exposure to the gas. The leak, which may have originated in a main floor retail space where construction work had just been…

The State of the Hospitality Market

The State of the Hospitality Market

During this webinar, our experts met for a discussion on the state of the Hospitality Insurance market and the residual effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resurgence of business, and tips for agents and brokers. Featured Experts: Bonnie Steen, Vice President, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox, New Orleans, LA Barry Whitton, Managing Director, Broker, Property, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Atlanta,…

Hurricane Ian Recovery: Navigating Your Insurance Claim After a Loss

Hurricane Ian Recovery: Navigating Your Insurance Claim After a Loss

Catastrophic flooding and winds decimated areas of southwest Florida when Hurricane Ian made landfall Sept. 28, tragically leaving at least 101 individuals dead in its wake. The Category 4 storm was one of the most powerful to ever hit the state and the U.S. overall, with record-breaking storm surges toppling homes, trapping residents and submerging vehicles…

Teacher Shortage Prompts New Staffing Tactics, Potentially Increasing Liability Risks

Teacher Shortage Prompts New Staffing Tactics, Potentially Increasing Liability Risks

As students head back into classrooms for the start of a new academic year, an ongoing teacher shortage in both the U.S. and Canada means many schools are operating with a high number of job vacancies — and, in some cases, turning to unusual hiring tactics to help fill the gaps. A new program in Florida will allow military veterans…

Michigan Factory Spills ‘Several Thousand Gallons’ of Toxic Material Into River

Michigan Factory Spills ‘Several Thousand Gallons’ of Toxic Material Into River

A chemical spill from a manufacturing plant in Wixom, Michigan, recently forced the closure of one of southeast Michigan’s busiest state-run parks and put thousands of residents on alert. State officials were notified on Aug. 1 that auto supplier Tribar Manufacturing leaked “several thousand gallons” of a liquid containing 5% hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, into the Huron River. The release,…

Property & Casualty Report: Q2 2022 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

Property & Casualty Report: Q2 2022 Market Overview & Q3 Forecast

Macroeconomic trends, namely inflation and rising interest rates, are having a profound effect on the Property & Casualty (P&C) market as we head into the second half of 2022. Inflation impacts everything—from rapidly changing property values to challenges with mid-year reinsurance renewals. These are truly generational inflationary pressures that most professionals within the industry have never personally experienced. Even with…

Back-to-back Alligator Attacks at Florida Establishments Cause Alarm

Back-to-back Alligator Attacks at Florida Establishments Cause Alarm

An 80-year-old Florida woman tragically died July 15 after falling into a pond and being “grabbed” by two alligators, according to reports. The incident occurred at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood, Florida, where the woman reportedly fell into a pond located along the course and struggled to stay afloat before the alligators attacked. [lgc_column grid=\"50\" tablet_grid=\"50\"…

Self-Serve and Swim-Up Pool Bars Make a Splash this Summer

Self-Serve and Swim-Up Pool Bars Make a Splash this Summer

Hotels, resorts and water parks in Michigan could soon be serving guests at “swim-up” pool bars thanks to new bills recently signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The legislation, approved June 14, applies to establishments that already have a liquor license and requires them to have lifeguards on duty and adhere to specific guidelines on drink containers, building materials,…

Multiple Accidents Bring Boston Construction Projects to a Halt

Multiple Accidents Bring Boston Construction Projects to a Halt

Two separate construction accidents in Boston recently caused a stoppage on projects by the region’s largest construction company. According to reports, Suffolk Construction halted work at multiple job sites on May 6 in order to “reinforce safety awareness” after multiple workers were hurt when a former power plant under construction collapsed May 4, followed by an accident at another job…

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