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Government Shutdown Stalls Wildfire Preparations

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Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months … Source: Claims Journal

PG&E Bankruptcy Could Lead to Price Hikes, Unpaid Wildfire Lawsuits

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said this week it will file for bankruptcy, raising concern that rates for electricity and gas will rise and victims of California wildfires who are suing the nation’s largest utility won’t get all the money … Source: Claims Journal

Business News: Tower MSA Partners, Berkley One, Method Insurance Services

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Tower MSA Partners Launches Quarterly Webinar Series Tower MSA Partners is launching a free, quarterly webinar series to help payers become more proficient in settling workers’ compensation claims, Medicare Secondary Payer compliance and Medicare Set-Asides. The first webinar on January … Source: Claims Journal

Kansas Mother Settles Wrongful Death Police Shooting Suit for $2.3M

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The mother of a suburban Kansas City teenager who was fatally shot by police as he backed a minivan out of his family’s garage has reached a $2.3 million settlement with the city. In the settlement, the city of Overland … Source: Claims Journal

New Report Highlights Increase in Food Recalls

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If it feels like you’re reading about a new food recall practically everyday, it’s not all in your head – or stomach. A report released Thursday by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund found that recalls of food have increased 10 … Source: Claims Journal

Grocery Stores Improve Safety by Employing Robots to Detect Spills

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A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise. But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly … Source: Claims Journal

Traffic Crash Site Assessments Safer, Faster and More Accurate Using Drones

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Idling in a long highway line of slowed or stopped traffic on a busy highway can be more than an inconvenience for drivers and highway safety officers. It is one of the most vulnerable times for “secondary accidents,” which often … Source: Claims Journal

Michigan Senate GOP Says Cutting Car Insurance Rates is a Top Priority

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Senate Republicans on Tuesday signaled their intent to make lowering high auto insurance premiums a top priority in the two-year session, proposing legislation that would make it optional for Michigan drivers to buy what is now mandatory unlimited medical coverage. … Source: Claims Journal

Today Marks 25th Anniversary of Deadly Southern California Northridge Quake

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This week marks 25 years since a deadly earthquake struck Southern California’s densely populated San Fernando Valley. The state said at least 57 died in the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake, but a study issued the following year put the death … Source: Claims Journal

Investors Ignored PG&E Warning About Disasters

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PG&E Corp. told investors repeatedly that weather-related disasters were a risk, but many didn’t pay enough attention until the company was on the brink of bankruptcy. The company included warnings in its regulatory filings and offering prospectuses citing how disasters … Source: Claims Journal