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Building Owner’s Lawsuit Blames Engineering Firm for Deadly Collapse


The owner of a 116-year-old building that partially collapsed earlier this year is taking legal action against the engineering company that allegedly failed to recognize that the building was unsafe, according to reports. The apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, partially collapsed on May 28, tragically killing three men and injuring several others, including one woman []


David Janis


David R. Janis is General Counsel at H.W. Kaufman Group, where he is responsible for providing counsel on transactions, contracts and litigation, while working closely with the companys Compliance department. He also deploys best practices for corporate governance, as well as building a responsible and responsive framework for strategic risk management and mitigation.


Burns & Wilcox Continues Growth in Canada, Moves Team Into New Halifax Office


Halifax, NS (September 7, 2023) Burns & Wilcox, a globally recognized leader in wholesale insurance brokerage and underwriting, recently celebrated the opening of its new Halifax, Nova Scotia office. The 2,075 square foot commercial office space is located at 90 Western Parkway and is now the home of the Burns & Wilcox Halifax team, as []


Man Sues Olive Garden Claiming Injury, Anguish After Finding Rodent Part in Soup


A man is taking legal action against the popular restaurant chain Olive Garden after alleging that he found a rats foot in a spoonful of his minestrone soup during a March visit to the eaterys Warren, Michigan, location. According to the lawsuit, the foot injured the inside of the diners mouth and caused him to []


Report: Reconstruction Costs Soaring Alongside Increasing Wildfire Risks


More than 1.2 million homes in California are at a moderate or high risk of wildfire damage, representing a reconstruction cost value of more than $760 billion, according to a new report on wildfire risk in the U.S. It is just one of the findings from property analytics firm CoreLogics 2023 Wildfire Risk Report, which []


Baby Monitors, Dehumidifiers Recalled Over Burn Risks from Overheating Batteries


Philips Avent recently recalled nearly 13,000 baby monitors after receiving reports of the devices overheating, causing seven minor injuries. A lot of times, lithium-ion batteries are the main cause of these kinds of issues in everything from e-cigarettes to toys and games, said Aaron Leggero, Underwriter, Commercial Insurance, Burns & Wilcox, Chicago, Illinois. They []


Inflation Ripple Effect: Homeowners Could Be Underinsured, Experts Warn


Inflation in the U.S. has fallen from 9% to 3% over the past 12 months, with Americans seeing some relief on the cost of things like gas, groceries and airfare, according to the Associated Press. That leaves inflation still significantly above the Federal Reserves target of 2%, officials said in recent days, and multiple rate []


H.W. Kaufman Group Appoints David R. Janis as General Counsel


Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 7, 2023) H.W. Kaufman Group, a privately held, global insurance organization, today announced the hiring of David R. Janis as General Counsel and a member of the companys leadership team. David brings to Kaufman a sharp mind along with outstanding legal expertise and business acumen that will continue to propel []


Crane Accident Causes Injuries, Strikes Nearby Building


A construction crane accident in New York City tragically injured 11 individuals and shut down traffic July 26 after the crane burst into flames 45 stories above ground. The top portion of the crane, which was lifting 16 tons of concrete at the time as it worked on a 54-story building in Midtown Manhattan, struck []


H.W. Kaufman Group Chairman, President & CEO Alan Jay Kaufman Honored with the 2023 Business Insurance Lifetime Achievement Award


Farmington Hills, Mich. (July 27, 2023) H.W. Kaufman Group, a privately held, global insurance organization, today announced that Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President and CEO, has been recognized by Business Insurance with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Insurance Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes industry leaders annually who have made []


Costly Omissions: Dog Bite Claim Denied After Agent Fails to Disclose Pet


A homeowner in Connecticut is facing a dog bite claim that will not be covered by insurance after his agent allegedly failed to disclose the dog on his Homeowners Insurance application. Antonio Laires, who is being sued over an incident in which his dog reportedly bit a woman on her face, claims he did not []


Property & Casualty Report: Q2/Q3 2023


The title of this quarters overview and forecast could easily be: Profitability Matters. That is especially true in the Property space for both Personal and Commercial policies. The industry faces daily challenges from CAT storms and events, making every state subject to immediate loss from hurricanes, wildfires, and convective stormsdefined as severe local storms associated []


$250K Worth of Damages Sustained to Historic Home after Thieves Steal Copper Wiring


The historic Union Printers Home building in Colorado Springs, Colorado, sustained more than $250,000 in damages after thieves stripped the property of copper wiring and tubing on July 6. According to reports, a maintenance worker notified police of the theft in progress and two of the suspects were arrested as they left the building. The []


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