Claims Journal

Blast Rocks South African Oil Refinery, 7 Injured

DURBAN — An explosion rocked South Africa’s second-largest crude oil refinery in Durban on Friday injuring seven people, local emergency services said. Engen, which operates the plant and is majority owned by Malaysia’s Petronas, said a fire broke ou...

Posted: Dec 04, 2020

Hyundai Recalls 129,000 U.S. Vehicles for Engine Issue

WASHINGTON — Hyundai Motor Co is recalling 129,000 U.S. vehicles for an engine issue that can increase the risk of a fire, U.S. regulators said Friday. The recall covers some 2015-2016 Veloster, 2012 Santa Fe, 2011-2013 Sonata Hybrid, and 2016 …

Posted: Dec 04, 2020

LG Chem Recalls Home Battery Systems After Reports of Fires

LG Chem Ltd. is voluntarily recalling certain models of its home energy storage batteries in the U.S. on concerns they could overheat and start fires. The South Korean industrial giant is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on …

Posted: Dec 04, 2020

Six Missing, Homes Destroyed in Southeast Alaska Landslide

JUNEAU, Alaska — Six people were missing after a mudslide measuring an estimated two football fields across slammed into a neighborhood in the southeast Alaska community of Haines, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday. It was one of several reported...

Posted: Dec 04, 2020

Californians Flee as Strong Winds Push Fire Through Canyons

LOS ANGELES — Powerful winds pushed flames through Southern California canyons early Thursday as an out-of-control wildfire burned near homes and forced residents to flee. The blaze in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon began late Wednesday as a house...

Posted: Dec 04, 2020

Investigators Say Improper Backfires Injured 2 Calif. Firefighters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two firefighters critically burned while trying to set backfires to slow the spread of a Southern California wildfire in October likely shouldn’t have been there in the first place given the extraordinarily dangerous conditions,...

Posted: Dec 04, 2020

Claims Business: ATI Restoration, Sedgwick, Clara Analytics, AqualisBraemer

ATI Restoration Announces First Acquisition ATI Restoration has acquired Mark 1 Restoration Services in Morristown, N.J., a regional restoration firm with three branch offices on the East Coast. ATI, based in Anaheim, Calif., bills itself as “the nat...

Posted: Dec 04, 2020

Claims People: Crawford & Co., Tenco Services, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Crawford Hires Forensic Accounting Director Crawford & Co has appointed Janis Hagenbucher as managing director for Crawford Forensic Accounting Services. Hagenbucher reports to Paul Kottler, president of Crawford Global Technical Services. In this ne...

Posted: Dec 04, 2020

Del Taco Settles Sexual Harassment Charges, Enters Consent Decree

Del Taco Restaurants Inc agreed to pay $1.25 million and enter a three-year consent decree to settle a U.S. agency’s lawsuit accusing the fast-food chain of failing to stop sexual harassment and retaliation against female employees. The U.S. Equal Em...

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

California Boat Captain Indicted in Fire That Killed 34

LOS ANGELES — The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday on federal manslaughter charges for one of …

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

California County to Pay $10M After Shooting, Paralyzing Man

SAN FRANCISCO — A Northern California county has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who was having a mental health crisis when a deputy shot him, paralyzing him from the …

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

Big Rig Driver Facing Charges in Fatal Arizona Crash

PHOENIX — A man was allegedly driving a commercial semi-truck on a suspended license at the time of a crash near Buckeye that killed a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detention officer last month, authorities said. They said 62-year-old Jorge Yanez...

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

Woman Who Fled Business Fraud Sentencing Seeks Early Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio woman who fled the United States for Mexico ahead of her sentencing in one of the biggest corporate fraud cases in decades is asking for early release from prison, citing poor health and fear of …

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

NTSB: Safety Processes Failed in Crash That Killed 7 Bikers

Systems meant to keep motorists safe failed to prevent a pickup driver on drugs from crashing last year into an oncoming group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire, leading to the death of seven bikers, the National Transportation Safety Board found …

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

Trained dogs, Yes. But Other Pets On Board is Airlines’ Call – Regulator

WASHINGTON — Only trained dogs qualify as service animals on U.S. airlines, as regulators rejected requests to extend legal protections to miniature horses, monkeys and other species, under final U.S. Transportation Department rules issued Wednesday....

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

Trained Dogs, Yes. But Other Pets on Board is Airlines’ Call

WASHINGTON — Only trained dogs qualify as service animals on U.S. airlines, as regulators rejected requests to extend legal protections to miniature horses, monkeys and other species, under final U.S. Transportation Department rules issued Wednesday....

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

WCRI Studies Show COVID-19 Orders Apply to Small Segment of Workforce

While at least 17 states have passed laws or issued orders that expanded access to workers’ compensation benefits for employees who contract COVID-19, many of those directives are creating new exposure for only a sliver of the workforce, new research...

Posted: Dec 03, 2020

Century 21 Sells $175 Million Covid Claim Insurers Won’t Pay

There’s an unusual asset up for grabs in Century 21 Stores’ going-out-of-business sale: a stake in its long-shot legal fight against insurers. The New York department store company, which filed for bankruptcy in September, claims it’s owed more than...

Posted: Dec 02, 2020

Power Cuts Begin in California as Winds Threaten to Spark Fires

Power shutoffs that could ultimately affect more than 1 million people in Southern California began Wednesday morning as high winds raised the risk of live wires sparking wildfires. Edison International’s Southern California Edison cut electricity to...

Posted: Dec 02, 2020

Powerful Winds Buffet New England, Knock Out Power in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — A powerful storm with gusts topping 60 mph swept across coastal New England, knocking out electricity for more than 100,000 homes and businesses in Maine, officials said Tuesday. Maine recorded gusts of 63 mph (101 kph) in …

Posted: Dec 02, 2020

30 Named Storms: Record Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A record-setting Atlantic hurricane season that saw the highest number of named storms officially came to a close Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set multiple reco...

Posted: Dec 02, 2020

Consumers Protest New Measure of ‘Unfair’ Airline Practices

Consumer advocates are protesting a move by the Trump administration that they say will make it harder for the government to punish airlines that treat passengers unfairly. On the Friday during a four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the Transportation Depa...

Posted: Dec 02, 2020

Widow’s Lawsuit Over Fatal Chesapeake Bay Plunge to be Heard

NORFOLK, Va. — A trial involving a widow’s lawsuit filed over the death of her husband who was killed when his tractor-trailer plunged over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is scheduled to begin on Tuesday in a Virginia court. The Virginian-Pilot …

Posted: Dec 02, 2020

Justices Question Human Rights Claims Against Nestle And Cargill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared wary of barring lawsuits against American companies over alleged human rights abuses abroad but signaled they could toss out a case accusing Cargill Inc and a Nestle SA subsidiary of knowin...

Posted: Dec 02, 2020

Viewpoint: Riots Expose Serious Deficiencies in Property Insurance Policies

The riots that took place in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area during the George Floyd protests caused serious damage to many buildings. Several building owners, to their dismay, found their property insurance policies failed to properly respond to the d...

Posted: Dec 02, 2020