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Amazon Accused of Under-Reporting Covid Cases Contracted at Work

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Amazon.com Inc. provided “misleading or grossly incomplete” data about the number of Covid-19 infections potentially spread in its U.S. facilities, according to a labor group calling on the federal government to investigate the company. Of the almost 20,000 employees the … Source: Claims Journal

Vaccine Mandates Are in Limbo While Employers Wait Out Biden Rules

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Almost a third of companies say they will only impose a vaccine requirement for employees if President Joe Biden’s shot-or-test rules are upheld by U.S. courts, indicating that corporate mandates won’t be widespread without federal regulation. A Willis Towers Watson … Source: Claims Journal

Congressional Committee Seeks Lessons Learned From Ransomware Attack

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In March 2021, CNA Financial Corp., one of the country’s largest insurance companies, suffered a ransomware attack from a cybercriminal group called Phoenix. The attackers pressured the insurer to pay up quickly by raising the ransom demand, claiming the data … Source: Claims Journal

Man Can Revive Suit Against New Orleans Over Police Beating

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Hispanic Iraq War veteran can revive his lawsuit over a beating by two New Orleans police officers who he said called him a “fake American.” The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate … Source: Claims Journal

Nissan Investing in Electric Vehicles, Battery Development

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TOKYO (AP) — Nissan said Monday it is investing 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) over the next five years and developing a cheaper, more powerful battery to boost its electric vehicle lineup. The Japanese automaker’s chief executive, Makoto Uchida, said … Source: Claims Journal

Louisiana Establishes New Rules For Oil Field Tank Batteries

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana regulators have established new rules for oil field tank batteries after an explosion killed a 14-year-old girl, and plan to identify all such storage tanks across the state to encourage compliance. The state Department … Source: Claims Journal

Viewpoint: Keeping the Human Element in AI Claims Management

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Without a doubt, artificial intelligence (AI) is a valuable driver of innovation in today’s insurance industry. Unfortunately, the predominant attitude toward AI in our culture still hangs on a suspicion that people will lose their livelihoods as their jobs are … Source: Claims Journal

Appellate Court: No Evidence of Fraud by Pharmacies that Dispensed Pain Creams

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A Pennsylvania appellate court on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Liberty Mutual Group that alleged nine pharmacies paid kickbacks to physicians in exchange for prescribing overpriced topical compound creams to workers’ compensation claimants and auto accident … Source: Claims Journal

Companies Cautious on Impact of Omicron Coronavirus Variant

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Pandemic-weary corporations struggled to assess the impact of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Monday, with industries from airlines to autos awaiting more details to help determine how it might affect their operations and profits. The World Health … Source: Claims Journal

Settlement: Old Toxic Cables to Be Removed From Lake Tahoe

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — AT&T’s Pac Bell subsidiary has settled a lawsuit conservationists filed under a U.S. law more typically cited in Superfund cases, agreeing to spend up to $1.5 million to remove 8 miles of toxic telephone cables that … Source: Claims Journal