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Student, Employee Records Made Public after District Denies Hacker Ransom

Last week, the personal data of employees and students in a Las Vegas public school district with about 320,000 students was made public after the district refused to pay a hacker’s ransom. The released documents contained Clark County Public School District personnel and student records, Social Security numbers, addresses, grades and other private information stolen…

Marijuana Sales Soar, Three States Set Monthly Records

Colorado, Illinois and Ohio set new records for monthly marijuana sales in July and August, underscoring the resilience of the cannabis industry amid the COVID-19 recession. In July, recreational and medical marijuana stores in Colorado generated a combined $226.4 million in revenue, up 13.8 percent from June, and Ohio saw a record $21 million in…

Hurricane-Force Winds Flip 45 Semi-Trucks in 20 Minutes

In a span of just 20 minutes on September 8, wind gusts of nearly 100 miles per hour flipped 45 semi-trucks on some Northern Utah highways. Four drivers were hospitalized with injuries and one semi-truck driver suffered a fatal head injury when the wind blew open his cargo door during a delivery and knocked him…

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…

Pandemic ‘Learning Pods’: Consider Risks Along with Rewards

As parents across the U.S. and Canada grapple with their children’s return to school amid a pandemic, “learning pods” have emerged as a potential solution to meeting kids’ academic and social needs while minimizing contact with large groups. Two mothers in Delaware County, Ohio recently launched Web Student Services, LLC, a learning pod startup that…

Pandemic-Weary Home and Business Owners Hammered by Wildfires, Extreme Weather

This year has brought unprecedented challenges as the world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic; however, 2020 has also been a record-breaking year for extreme weather events: devastating wildfires, an especially active hurricane season, blackout-inducing heatwaves, a historic spate of tornadoes, a “firenado” and a 500-year flood. The U.S. recently hit its 10th billion-dollar weather disaster…

90% Spike in Pediatric COVID-19 Cases as Schools Begin to Reopen

A Georgia high school that made headlines for its packed hallways and unmasked students announced Aug. 9 that it would close for at least two days after it identified nine cases of COVID-19. Six students and three staff members tested positive for the virus after the first week of in-person instruction at the school, one…

Property & Casualty Market Overview: Q2 2020

BY PAUL SMITH, CORPORATE VICE PRESIDENT, CARRIER RELATIONS, H.W. KAUFMAN GROUP The Property & Casualty (P&C) Insurance marketplace in Q2 2020 will find its way into the history books as having been the most rapid changing in a generation. Leading up to April 1, 2020 was an unprecedented global event that was unravelling by the…

As Healthcare Industry Evolves, Michigan’s Largest System Reports Second Breach in 12 Months

Michigan’s largest healthcare system recently announced a data breach that may have compromised 6,000 patients’ protected health information. The breach reportedly occurred after six employee email accounts were exposed in a phishing scam in January. The eight-hospital network with 167 outpatient locations, notified patients on July 28 of a “data security incident” that could have…

Property Owner Settles Tenant Lawsuit for $3.5 Million

The former owner and manager of two apartment complexes in Washington, D.C. will pay $3.5 million to settle a tenant lawsuit alleging rat and bed bug infestations, sewage leaks, mold contamination and other hazards. The lawsuit, brought by the district’s attorney general in October 2018, also claimed the buildings’ hundreds of tenants were subjected to…

Lawsuits Allege Accounting Firm Breach Exposed 170,000 Patients’ Data

Two patients are pursuing class-action status for their lawsuits against a Colonie, New York health care company and its accounting firm over a 2019 data breach that reportedly exposed the sensitive information of 170,000 patients. The lawsuits allege BST & Co. CPAs, the accounting firm for Community Care Physicians, experienced a ransomware attack in December…

Burns & Wilcox-Sponsored Webb Simpson Wins RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, Now Ranks First in Fedex Cup Standings

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Burns & Wilcox, North America’s leading insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager, congratulates Webb Simpson, one of its brand ambassadors, on winning the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links this weekend in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This was Simpson’s second victory this season following the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February,…

From Pools to ‘Pandemic Puppies,’ Backyard Family Fun Brings Risk

Sales of pools, trampolines and other backyard recreational items have surged in recent weeks as families try to salvage a summer marred by camp closures, community pool shutdowns, travel restrictions and continued anxiety over the COVID-19 crisis. Vendors in the U.S. and Canada have sold out of above-ground pools while pool shop owners continue to…