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California Utilities Warn of Power Cuts on Risk of Wildfire

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Almost two weeks after California utilities cut electricity to 2.3 million people, two major power providers warned they may have to halt supplies to thousands across California as strong, dry winds raise the wildfire threat across the state. No major … Source: Claims Journal

We’re All In Denial About Climate Change: Viewpoint

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Even people who say they believe in climate change may be in denial — the same kind of denial that allows us to ignore our own mortality. This tendency to turn away from disturbing facts manifests itself not in what … Source: Claims Journal

Viewpoint: What Do Power Outages, Wildfires, and Vaping Bans Have in Common?

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At the outset, power outages, wildfires, and vaping bans do not appear similar at all, but in the rush to protect consumers and constituents from harm, companies and state legislators may be creating an entirely new, uninsured claim type. Insurance … Source: Claims Journal

Business News: CLM, Davies and ASC, Friss and Guidewire

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CLM Launches Universal Claim Certification The CLM, formerly known as the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, has launched a universal claims certification that allows claims adjusters to secure licenses in six states. CLM said licensed adjusters must simply register for … Source: Claims Journal

A Gusty Northeast Cleans Up After Storm for the Record Books

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BOSTON — A record-breaking autumn storm plunged hundreds of thousands of people into the dark, toppled trees, canceled schools and delayed trains in the Northeast, while persistent winds Thursday hampered efforts to clean up and restore power. The nor’easter brought … Source: Claims Journal

After Years of Fiery Hell, California Gets Less of a Scorching in 2019

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Mother Nature has given a bit of a break to California during the 2019 wildfire season, but firefighters say the threat remains in force. Only about 163,000 acres have burned this year, a fraction of the 632,000 or so scorched … Source: Claims Journal

Vaping-Lung Deaths Rise Again as Culprit Remains Elusive

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The number of people killed or sickened by lung injuries linked to vaping increased again in the past week, with public-health officials still unable to clearly identify the root cause of a nationwide outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control … Source: Claims Journal

J&J to Pay $117 Million in Nationwide Pact Over Vaginal Mesh

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Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $117 million to settle 41 states’ claims that it misrepresented the risks of vaginal-mesh products used to bolster sagging organs and treat incontinence in women. A group of state attorneys general argued after an … Source: Claims Journal

Intel Says It Will Share Pay Data Most Companies Keep Secret

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Intel Corp. says it will publicly release employee pay data, broken down by race and gender later this year. For the first time, every company with more than 100 employees is required to report the same to the Equal Employment … Source: Claims Journal

SmileDirect Claims California Dentist Conspiracy Harmed Business

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SmileDirectClub Inc., which sells clear orthodontic aligners, alleges dentists who serve on a regulatory board in California conspired to hurt the company’s business to protect their own practices. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court, SmileDirect alleges the Dental … Source: Claims Journal