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3 Ways To Start Your Year With A Digital Clean Slate!

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No Premium, No Consideration, No Insurance

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Insurers Increasingly Protect U.S. Businesses And Customers From Cyberattacks

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Lloyd’s Pays $1.7BN So Far For Storms Harvey, Irma & Maria

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California Brothers Arrested For Running Staged Auto Accident Ring

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A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings Of Lion Insurance Company

Texas Workers’ Compensation Costs Down 63% Since 2005

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State Farm, Aflac Settle In Multi-State Investigation Into National Life Claim For A Combined $600K

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Former Tennessee Deputy Ins. Commissioner Dead In Crash

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CA’s $15 Minimum Wage Law To Kill 400,000 Private Sector Jobs

Space: Battle Of The Billionaires - Musk Unveils Falcon Heavy Rocket

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Construction Company Owner Arrested Following $700,000 Workers’ Comp Scam

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October California Wildfire Claims Top $9.4 Billion Statewide

Georgia Agent Arrested Charged With 32 Counts Of Felony Insurance Fraud

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3 WAYS TO START YOUR YEAR WITH A DIGITAL CLEAN SLATE

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ere’s a New Year’s resolution for 2018: de-clutter your digital history. Your computer stores a huge amount of browsing data, and in places you might never think to look. This meticulous chronology makes you vulnerable to snoops and advertising trackers. The solution: eliminate it.

Your computer remembers the websites you visit, so it’s easier to access them later on, right? What’s the big deal?

Speaking of tracking, many people are unaware Google also tracks your physical location. You can see where and when you go on a map. Click here to learn about the Google tracking feature you didn’t even know you switched on.

Here are three ways to cover your tracks, using two of the biggest services on the internet. You may be surprised how closely these companies follow you, but you may be even more surprised by how much control you have over it. Later at the end of this post, don’t miss how to erase your search history on your phone. 1. Erase your Google search history Google’s mission is to know everything, so few are surprised that the world’s most famous search engine keeps close records of your browsing history. This might seem harmless at first: JANUARY 2018

on your computer, but in its own databases. So, you can’t just erase your search history from your browser and hope for the best. Google still knows all.

The good news is that you can delete all that data, and you don’t have to storm the Googleplex headquarters to do it. Instead, you can clear your history from the comfort of your personal computer, thanks to a little feature called “My Activity.” Google has dozens of basic But here’s another way to look features, and most people would at it: The tech giant knows never notice this option. But everything you’ve ever searched. if you click My Account in the If you have a Google account, the upper right corner, you can hit My corporation archives it, not just See Kim Komando Pg 40 Table of Contents

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CLAIMS & THE LAW

NO PREMIUM, NO CONSIDERATION, NO INSURANCE Expert Analysis & Commentary by Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE Why Wasn’t it Obvious that Failure to Pay Premium Fatal to Claim?

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nsurance is nothing more than a contract. For a contract to be formed there must be evidence of an offer, acceptance of the offer and payment of consideration. To acquire a policy of insurance the consideration required is called the premium. If the premium is not paid there can be no insurance. In the lengthy named case of Debra Allyn Nowakowski, Executrix Of The Estate Of Jesus Santiago, t/a Car Craft Audio And Car Craft Auto Corp. v. Selective Way Insurance

Company, a New Jersey Corporation, and Richards & Summers, Inc., a New Jersey Corporation; The Lynoxx Group, LLC, a New Jersey Limited Liability Corporation; Town Of

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Dover, a Municipal Corporation, Allen Bell, Jr., ire Chief Jon Filosa, and Town Of Dover Fire Department, Docket No. A-5416-15T1, Superior Court Of New Jersey Appellate Division (December 12, 2017) Debra Allyn Nowakowski (a/k/a Debra Allyn Koeppel) (Koeppel), Executrix of the Estate of Jesus Santiago (Santiago), t/a Car Craft Audio and Car

Craft Auto Corp. (Car Craft) (collectively plaintiffs) appeal from a December 4, 2015 order granting summary judgment to defendant Selective Way Insurance Company (Selective). The trial judge determined that Selective had properly canceled a policy of insurance for non-payment of premiums and, as a result, he dismissed the complaint in its entirety. When reviewing an order granting summary judgment, the appellate court must apply the same standard governing the trial court and it owes no deference to the motion judge’s conclusions on issues of law. The appellate court must look at the facts in the light most favorable to plaintiffs.

Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, practiced law in California for more than 43 years as an insurance coverage and claims handling lawyer. He now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant and expert witness specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud almost equally for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance related disputes. He founded Zalma Insurance Consultants in 2001 and serves as its only consultant. 6

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strictly comply with the statutory requirements. An Selective issued a commercial insured need not actually insurance policy to Santiago receive a cancellation notice for the period of in order for it to be February 19, 2011 It is amazing to me that a lawyer effective, provided through February that the statutory 19, 2012. On or was willing to take this case proof of mailing has about February been satisfied. The up on appeal considering the 28, 2012, Selective determinative factor prepared an invoice facts recited by the appellate court. The is the mailing of the for the renewal of plaintiff admitted that she received the notice, not its receipt. the policy for one additional year. The invoice notified plaintiffs that a renewal premium was due on March 19, 2012.

were letting all policies lapse.” Selective declined insurance coverage on the fire loss for non-payment of premiums.

notice of cancellation and affirmatively decided not to pay the premium. Without consideration there can be no policy of insurance and the insurer properly refused to pay the claim.”

Koeppel had been married to Santiago. Koeppel acted as Santiago’s operations manager and handled Car Craft’s insurance needs. She testified that she and Santiago knew payment was due on March 19, 2012. Plaintiffs, however, intentionally failed to make the payment. On March 24, 2012, Selective issued a cancellation notice to plaintiffs. The notice stated that Selective would “continue [the insurance] coverage without lapse if full payment is received prior to [April 10, 2012].” Koeppel testified that she and Santiago received the cancellation notice and intended not to make the payment. Koeppel corroborated this intention by candidly admitting in her deposition testimony that “we JANUARY 2018

Plaintiffs sued alleging four causes of action against Selective: improper cancellation of the policy; interference with Santiago’s ability to secure insurance on the date of loss; breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing; and violation of the Consumer Fraud Act (CFA). Selective cross-moved for summary judgment contending that the undisputed facts demonstrated that it was entitled to judgment as a matter of law. The judge agreed and entered the orders under review. ANALYSIS Ordinarily, the cancellation of an insurance policy must Table of Contents

In general, courts have not required such compliance where the insured admits receipt of the cancellation notice. Here, plaintiffs admitted they purposefully declined to pay the premiums. According to Koeppel, the failure to pay the premiums meant Santiago and Car Craft were “out of insurance.” She further testified that “I understand that th[e] policy . . . was no longer paid. Policy No. S1757545 was no longer my policy. [Selective was] not going to help me if anything had happened.” The record reflects that plaintiffs concede on appeal, that plaintiffs chose not to pay the premium knowing that Selective would cancel the policy. Plaintiffs were uninsured on the date of loss because they See Zalma Page 37 www/underwritersinsider.com

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INSURERS INCREASINGLY PROTECT U.S. BUSINESSES AND CUSTOMERS FROM CYBERATTACKS AND DATA BREACHES Study examines how insurers mitigate cyberrisk for small and medium-sized businesses

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EW YORK, October 30, 2017—More than half of U.S. small and mediumsized businesses (SMBs) experienced a cyberattack within the past year, yet only 14 percent of businesses felt prepared and protected, according to a recent white paper from the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). The white paper, Protecting Against #Cyberfail: Small Business and Cyber Insurance, examines how insurers are addressing the threat cyberattacks and data breaches pose to SMBs through a combination of innovative insurance products, risk management techniques and employee training.

resulting response costs arising out of the possession of private data,” said Sean Kevelighan, chief executive officer, I.I.I.

U.S. insurers reported collecting $1.35 billion in direct premiums written for cyber insurance in 2016, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Stand-alone Cyber-related cyber insurance policies policies cover the accounted for $921 million of costs arising from either that total (68 percent), while the came primarily from a cyberattack or a data balance endorsements on either a small breach, such as responding commercial or businessowners policy (BOP).

to lawsuits, repairing damaged infrastructure, and paying the ‘ransom’ demanded by cyber extortionists, among other potential exposures, such as business interruption expenses.”

The vast majority of cyber insurance claims involved the loss, exposure, or misuse of sensitive personal data. About half (48 percent) of the “Insurers foresee substantial data breaches of U.S. small growth coming from the SMB businesses in 2016 were caused segment, as these companies by either a negligent employee become aware of the possibilities or contractor, according to the of liability, especially a breach and Ponemon Institute. 8

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Typical cyber-related policies cover the costs arising from either a cyberattack or a data breach, such as responding to lawsuits, repairing damaged infrastructure, and paying the ‘ransom’ demanded by cyber extortionists, among other potential exposures, such as business interruption expenses. “Creating an affordable product that SMBs will be willing to buy is a key component in the insurance offering. Since different industry sectors represent different levels of exposure, pricing will vary depending on the type of SMB,” the white paper, co-authored by James Lynch, the I.I.I.’s chief actuary, and the I.I.I.’s Claire Wilkinson, a consultant, states. JANUARY 2018


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LLOYD’S PAYS $1.7BN SO FAR FOR STORMS HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA

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he Lloyd’s market has now paid claims worth US$1.7bn in response to windstorms Harvey, Irma and Maria.

might also go towards repairing boats so fishermen can get back to sea, or mending machinery so farmers can re sow their fields. All of this helps local communities get back up and running again as quickly as possible.”

Earlier this year Lloyd’s estimated a total commitment of US$4.8bn Lloyd’s revealed that, over the for the three storms. past five years, the market has Lloyd’s brokers are receiving paid out $85bn in claims, an money from Lloyd’s managing average of $43m per day paid to agents within just five days policyholders around the world. of agreement so they can pay Commenting on the new claims policyholders promptly. campaign, Vincent Vandendael, Lloyd’s CEO, Inga Beale, said: “As Chief Commercial Officer, said: a market that’s been trading for 328 years, Lloyd’s understands the importance of honouring its promise to pay. This has always been the foundation of Lloyd’s trusted reputation. With total net financial resources of £28bn the market stands ready to support policyholders when they need us most.

“For too long we have not made the most of our claims service, which is one of our greatest attributes, with global reach, high service standards, financial security and focus on the policyholder. “Whether offering advice to mitigate risks, creating insurance policies that cater for new risks or honouring our promise to pay claims to help people get back on their feet after disaster strikes, insurers have a crucial role to play. It’s time they shouted this story from the rooftops.”

“As well as helping businesses reopen their doors, claims from the Lloyd’s market serve all manner of different purposes, such as restoring vital public services like power, so people can heat their homes, or clearing roads, railways and airstrips, so commerce can be restored or vital aid delivered to those in need. Claims payments 10

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CALIFORNIA BROTHERS ARRESTED FOR RUNNING STAGED AUTO ACCIDENT RING Santa Clara County brothers arrested for running staged auto accident ring.

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ANTA CLARA, Calif. Brothers Angel Topete, 36, and Joshua Topete, 34, both of San Martin were arrested on numerous felony charges for allegedly running an organized auto insurance fraud scam involving more than 20 individuals and 18 staged collisions netting conspirators $210,000 in fraudulent auto insurance claims.

“This large ring of family and friends allegedly conspired to defraud insurers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Insurance

Commissioner Dave Jones. “The cost of insurance fraud is shouldered by consumers who pay higher premiums when insurers pass along their losses. Working with our task force partners is critical in combating the multi-billion dollar problem of insurance fraud.”

investigation revealed the Topete brothers conspired with family, friends and associates who posed as insurance consumers and filed fraudulent claims with six different insurers for collisions that were either staged or never occurred at all.

Evidence revealed many of the claims involved salvaged vehicles, new insurance policies and variations of a name used on other similar claims. In some cases, suspects purchased insurance policies and then intentionally crashed cars into one or more vehicles owned by co-conspirators. All Angel Topete, 36 (L) Joshua Topete, 34 parties then filed fraudulent claims, which resulted in insurers Silicon Valley Automobile Insurance paying the full value of the vehicles Fraud Task Force investigators after it was declared a total loss. initially received information about the crime ring in 2015. The two-year To date, 18 of the 22 suspects have been arrested and booked. Many are due in court this week. The Silicon Valley Automobile Insurance Fraud Task Force, which is comprised of investigators from the California Department of Insurance (CDI) Fraud Division, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol investigates crimes involving organized automobile insurance fraud in Santa Clara County.

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A.M. BEST UPGRADES CREDIT RATINGS OF LION INSURANCE COMPANY

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.M. Best upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A(Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a” from “a-” of Lion Insurance Company (Lion) (Holiday, Florida). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive. The rating upgrades reflect Lion’s balance sheet assessment, which is categorized as strongest by A.M. Best, with its surplus increasing in each of the past ten years, strength of reserves, and conservative investment portfolio. The ratings also reflect the company’s strong operating performance, with little

volatility, on a five and ten-year basis, as well as an appropriate enterprise risk management program, to support these results.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on A.M. Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see A.M. Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Best’s Credit Ratings.

Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is Lion’s limited business profile, with all business being sourced from an affiliate, South East Personnel Leasing, Inc. (SEPLI), under a high deductible policy and the concomitant credit exposure from that affiliate. Credit concern is mitigated by collateral funds received by Lion from SPLI that are well in excess of A.M. Best is the world’s oldest the actuarially determined losses and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. falling within the deductible.

TEXAS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COSTS DOWN 63% SINCE 2005

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each $100 of payroll dropped from $2.32 in 2003 to 86 cents in 2015, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

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The fact that fewer employees are filing workers’ compensation claims—a 28 percent drop since 2004, has contributed to the decline in premium costs. Non-fatal injury rates are also down 36 percent since 2005, an indication that employers are making workplaces safer.

ore Texas businesses are providing workers’ compensation insurance as the cost of coverage continues to decline. Premiums have fallen by 63 percent since 2005 as the Division of Workers’ Compensation worked to reduce costs and improve care through health care networks, a drug formulary, safer workplaces, and other reforms.

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More employees are getting treatment sooner. About 84 percent of injured employees receive non-emergency medical care within seven days of their injuries, compared to 76 percent in 2000. The average number of claims treated by physicians decreased over the last decade, from 21 claims per physician in 2000 to about 15 per physician in 2016. More injured employees are back at work within six months of their injury. www/underwritersinsider.com

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STATE FARM, AFLAC SETTLE IN MULTI-STATE INVESTIGATION INTO NATIONAL LIFE CLAIM FOR A COMBINED $600,000 State Farm and Aflac have agreed to compare all company records against the DMF to determine whether there are unclaimed death benefits, search for those beneficiaries, and otherwise remit unclaimed proceeds to the appropriate state authority.

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ALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office), Florida Department of Financial Services, and the Florida Office of the Attorney General today announced national life claim settlement agreements have been signed with State Fa​rm for $250,000 and Aflac​for $350,000. These settlement agreements facilitate the use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File to determine if the insured, annuitant, or account holder is indicated. ​

To date, state insurance regulators have either reached settlements or concluded the investigation of 30 of the top 40 companies constituting over 81% of the total market. Efforts continue to be focused on the examination of the remaining 10 insurers. State Farm and Aflac have agreed to compare all company records against the DMF to determine whether there are unclaimed death benefits, search for those beneficiaries, and otherwise remit unclaimed proceeds

to the appropriate state authority. Florida’s allocation of the collective multi-state settlement payments by the two companies is $41,759, which covers the costs of the investigations and future compliance monitoring. For more information, visit the Office’s “Life Claim Settlement Practices” webpage. To search or submit a request for unclaimed property, visit www.FLTreasureHunt.org, or call 1-88-VALUABLE or (850) 413-3089.

In its sixth year, this multi-state national effort has resulted in the successful return of more than $8.7 billion in unknown or lost policy proceeds to beneficiaries directly by the companies and over $3.25 billion delivered to the states’ unclaimed property programs, which continue efforts to locate and pay beneficiaries. 14

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s Sears, Macys, J.C. Penny and other major retailers continue to shutter stores across the nation, malls are losing their anchors and many smaller “specialty” retailers have an escape

clause in their leases should an anchor depart, creating a double-whammy for the mall operators. Experts predict that 25% of American malls will be closed within 60 months. To put that in perspective, that’s 300 malls out of a current population of 1,100. Where is all that shopping going? To Amazon, the mall buster, of course.

software solutions, today announced the introduction and immediate availability of the newest version of Tropics Breeze. Tropics Breeze 7.1 offers a wide range of new features, including the addition of SmartView technology, new interfaces, and the availability of Tropics Breeze as a cloud-ready, fully hosted solution delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. With this release, Tropics Breeze makes available new interfaces for: Vertafore ImageRight, Mitchell Bill Review, Mitchell CMS Compliance Reporting, Mitchell Managed Care Notes/Fee, and NCCI Experience Mods-onDemand.

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crossed the median and struck oncoming traffic. The other driver was injured but survived. Giannini served from 2011 until 2016 when he retired to start the ReSolve Consulting Firm. Giannini was considering a state senate race in 2018.

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THE INSIDE TRACK - BREAKING NEWS California’s $15 Minimum U.S. Gov’t Admits To Secret MileUp’s 2 Billion Wage Law To Kill 400,000 UFO Program Crowdsourced Miles Private-Sector Jobs Enable Pioneering Mobile ince 2007 the government Telematics Solution for had secretly been studying he Employment Policies Automotive and Institute recently UFOs according to recent Insurance Providers concluded a study showing a reports in the New York Times.

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gero, Inc., the largest B2B provider of driving assistance services to automotive manufacturers and insurance providers in North America, today announced that in early 2018 it will commercialize an accident detection and driver behavior platform validated in-market by the 2 billion driving miles of its highly successful MileUp app. MileUp is a groundbreaking approach to using mobile devices to crowdsource natural driving data, validating crash detection algorithms initially developed through extensive crash facility testing. MileUp was built using Amazon Web Services serverless architecture, as highlighted in Amazon CTO Werner Vogel’s keynote and separate breakout sessions at Amazon’s recent AWS re: Invent 2017 conference. JANUARY 2018

massive job loss, decimating CA’s workforce, resulting from the state’s new minimum wage law mandating a $15 minimum by 2022. Even before the bill was signed into law, economists

The program, known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) operated with a budget of $22 million under “excessive secrecy and internal opposition,” according to Pentagon official who only retired in October.

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he 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the sweeping tax legislation passed by Congress and expected to be signed into law this week by President Trump, contains an important reform to the way the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has required calculating the taxable basis for life settlement transactions, a positive development for seniors who own a life insurance policy they no longer need or can afford. www/underwritersinsider.com

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OCTOBER CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE CLAIMS TOP $9.4 BILLION STATEWIDE total claims as of December 1 and includes the destruction and damage for more than 21,000 homes, 2,800 businesses, and more than 6,100 private autos, commercial vehicles, and 788 losses involving other lines of insurance ACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two such as agricultural equipment and months after more than watercraft. 100,000 residents fled, as wind-whipped wildfires ripped Commissioner Jones visited the through northern and parts of wildfire zones throughout northern southern California, Commissioner California and met with residents Dave Jones revealed the latest at local assistance centers where statewide total of insured losses, he heard first-hand the harrowing which now tops $9.4 billion in stories of loss from victims who residential and commercial claims escaped with only minutes to from the October wildfires, which spare. are now counted among the most deadly and costly in the state’s history. The North Bay fires account for $9 billion in claimed losses alone.

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Jones took extraordinary steps to assist wildfire victims by dispatching detectives from the department’s law enforcement team to educate residents about how to avoid being victimized by scam artists who prey on vulnerable residents after disasters and sending consumer services teams to every local assistance center to personally meet with consumers and help them begin the claims process and answer insurance-related questions. As of December 1, the department’s consumer services team assisted more than 2,000 individuals across

“These numbers not only represent staggering losses to tens of thousands of Californians,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “The October wildfires that devastated whole communities and tragically cost 44 people their lives have now proven to be the most destructive and deadliest in our state’s history.” The latest report is the result of a formal data call in which more than 260 insurers reported their 18

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the state, the majority of which with their insurer will find the were in Northern California. department’s consumer services team stands ready to assist at 800On December 9, 2017, the 927-4357. The department has Department of Insurance will host recovered more than $300 million the Insurance Recovery Workshop dollars for consumers since Jones for North Bay residents at the Glaser took office in 2011. Center—Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Rosa from 10 a.m. Jones also signed a declaration of to 4 p.m. The workshop will include department experts and insurers an emergency, which allows the to provide wildfire victims with insurers to tap out-of-state claims one-on-one assistance with their adjusters from their other offices, specific insurance claim questions. which effectively expands their Consumers will also find experts claims adjuster workforce. When from the Contractors State License processing tens of thousands of Board and FEMA offering assistance, claims, this is an important step in as they work toward recovering and increasing the claims processing rebuilding their homes and their capacity for insurers and helping lives. speed the recovery and rebuilding Consumers that have any difficulty process. JANUARY 2018

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Jones also has an important caution for wildfire victims—be careful to check the license of contractors who solicit business—this is done quickly on the Contractors State License Board using a smart device. In November, Commissioner Jones issued a formal notice to insurers, licensed public adjusters, and admitted carriers to make sure all claims adjusters assigned to wildfire claims, including those not licensed in California, are properly trained on the California Unfair Practices Act, Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations, and all laws relating to property and casualty insurance claims handling. www/underwritersinsider.com

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GEORGIA AGENT ARRESTED CHARGED WITH 32 COUNTS OF FELONY INSURANCE FRAUD Yates, the former mayor of Franklin, Georgia, was caught collecting premiums and issuing certs for comp policies never in force.

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n investigation conducted by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s Enforcement Division has led to the arrest of Michael “Brad” Yates. According to Enforcement Division Director Stan Bexley, Yates was arrested on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and transported to the Heard County Jail where he has been charged with 32 Counts of Felony Insurance Fraud, and 1

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Felony Count of False statements to a State LawEnforcement Agency. Yates, age 45 and the former mayor of Franklin, is the owner of the Yates Insurance Services located at 1778 Franklin Parkway, in Franklin Georgia. The Enforcement Division’s investigation alleges that Yates fraudulently took premium dollars for

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workers’ compensation insurance policies that were never issued and instead issued his clients bogus certificates of insurance as proof that they had workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

insurance coverage to verify the certificate either by using the State Board’s website or by contacting the insurance company directly. All other lines of insurance coverage such as auto, home or general liability should be verified directly with Based on the evidence the insurance carrier. Workers’ Compensation fraud obtained during the affects everyone. investigation it has been determined that one false certificate created by Yates has cost a general contractor over $30,000.00 in additional premiums.

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CONSTRUCTION COMPANY OWNER ARRESTED FOLLOWING $700,000 WORKERS’ COMP SCAM Her actual workers’ compensation premium was $26,622. Had Zelaya not withheld her company’s true annual payroll and work description, the amount of her premium would have been $733,549.

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ACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis today announced the arrest of Maria Cristina Romero Zelaya, owner of Miochosis Construction, Inc. Zelaya allegedly provided fictitious information when applying for workers’ compensation insurance coverage to obtain a lower premium. As a result, Zelaya illegally avoided paying more than $700,000 in premium payments and left her employees uninsured and vulnerable to workplace injuries.

service businesses totaling more than $5 million. The checks were found to be for various types of construction work that she withheld from her insurance company and were not covered by her workers’ compensation insurance policy.

Zelaya reported to her insurance underwriter that her company’s annual payroll was $200,000 and her company provided plastering and stucco services only. Based on this information, her workers’ compensation premium was After receiving a tip that Zelaya may $26,622. Had Zelaya not withheld have falsified information, from her company’s true annual payroll August 2, 2016 to August 2, 2017, and work description, the amount Department of Financial Services of her premium would have been (DFS) investigators determined $733,549. Zelaya cashed hundreds of payroll checks through local money Zelaya was arrested by DFS Division

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of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) investigators and later transported to Duval County Jail December 7, 2017. She has been charged with knowingly concealing payroll, scheme to defraud and acting as an unlicensed money transmitter. This case will be prosecuted by the Assistant State Attorney Joe Licandro of the Duval County States Attorney’s Office. If convicted, Zelaya could face up to 60 years in prison.

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y brother-in-law is all excited about a company he started working with last month. The product mix is mostly personalcare items along with some vitamins and water-filters. He calls it “network marketing” but it sounds like multi-level marketing to me. I’d let him do his thing, but a day doesn’t go by when he isn’t calling, telling me to sell my agency and come work under him. The funny thing is I’m driving a new BMW and he’s driving a 12-year-old Buick with a door falling off. He’s got charts that show how I can make a guzillion bucks in just 26

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of these schemes can best be compared to religious cults – where new members are subjected to intense sloganeering, peer-pressure and promises of unbelievable wealth. Generally, the major effort is always to recruit more people, the next level, and somehow “they” are going to do all the selling so you won’t First, you are correct: “network have to. marketing” is nothing more than a euphemism for The meetings are intense, often multi-level marketing. MLM with audience participation, developers hope it carries less and “testimonials.” New of a negative stigma to recruits. recruits are immersed in this The psychology behind most alternate reality until they 2 years by recruiting just 7 people — and I “won’t really have to sell anything myself.” Oh yeah, there is also a small, but not insignificant, cash investment required to purchase “inventory.” What do I tell him so he will stop inviting me to the meetings? — J.B. Montgomery, AL

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can no longer think clearly or objectively about the socalled “business opportunity.” Hence your brother-in-law actually recommending you sell your profitable agency so you can have the opportunity to double your income selling deodorant and shampoo to your friends and relatives. Rarely does a real business opportunity exist within these structures — except for the organizer and the top several players. Recruits are sold on the concept of “own your own business!” and “be your own boss!” when, in reality, they end up working a couple of months for pennies and then JANUARY 2018

wondering what to do with the average of one new victim to cartons of vitamins stacked in the scheme. Organizers know their garage. this in advance. Multi-level marketing works for the organizers because it exploits the hopes and dreams of unsophisticated individuals. They really care very little about their “downline” attrition. It’s all part of the game. Each newbie typically sells a couple of hundred dollars worth of product to close friends and relatives — then finds out quickly that nobody else wants to buy anything — and gradually gives up, having wasted a considerable amount of time, money and energy, after bringing in an Table of Contents

As to the old nonsense about just recruiting seven people and not having to really sell anything, just do the math: If you recruit seven people and each one of them recruit seven people and each of them recruit seven people and so on and so on (which is what is necessary for you to earn that guzillion bucks) your downline will require approximately 13.8 billion people after only 11 levels. That’s almost twice population of the Earth. www/underwritersinsider.com

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ASHINGTON D.C., December 15, 2017 – Two leaders in supersonic technology, Aerion and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to define a formal and gated process to explore the feasibility of a joint development of the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Aerion AS2. Over the next 12 months, the companies will work together to develop a framework on all phases of the program, including engineering, certification and production.

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Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass stated, “This relationship is absolutely key to creating a supersonic renaissance. When it comes to supersonic know-how, Lockheed Martin’s capabilities are well known, and, in fact, legendary. We share with Lockheed Martin a commitment to the long-term development of efficient civil supersonic aircraft.” “We are excited to work with Aerion on their development of the next-generation, efficient See 1st Supersonic Biz Jet Pg 36

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scandal and hyperbole, than that America and its allies recently managed to win a war that just two years ago consumed headlines and dominated political debate and helped Donald Trump himself get elected president Follow Liberalism To Its — and somehow nobody seemed to notice. Logical End, This is What You Get... I mean the war against the Islamic State, whose expansion was the defining foreign ll I want for Christmas is full policy calamity of Barack Obama’s second Communism now.” term, whose executions of Americans made the USA look impotent and whose Tweeting Kelly Oakes, a utopian experiment drew volunteers science editor at BuzzFeed drunk on world-historical ambitions and UK, incredibly wishing metaphysical dreams.” for “full communism now,” in spite of the NYT Columnist Ross Douthat, acknowledging rather stunning reality Trump handily won the war against ISIS in that communism was Iraq, although the nation’s mostly liberal responsible for over 100 media failed to take note. By loosening the million deaths in the rules of engagement and allowing the military past century. Earlier to do its job, Trump succeeded in routing the this year, another Islamic State, an evil force that grew quickly in BuzzFeed reporter, Blake “Communism Memorial” the power vacuum created by Obama’s weak Montgomery, tweeted, by Chris Brown is and feckless foreign policy. Douthat admitted “‘Victims of Communism’” licensed under CC BY 2.0 that the Trump administration’s triumph “does is a white nationalist talking point. Trump not fit into the narrative of Trumpian disaster just made Nov 7 Natl Day for Vics of in which our journalistic entities are all invest.” Communism.” The fetish for communism/ socialism shared by so many liberals is almost incomprehensible in the light of the Holding The U.N. Accountable - Finally misery, death and destruction so recently he United States will remember resulting from these failed political systems. this day in which it was NYT Columnist: Trump Wins singled out for attack in War Obama Could Not - Media this assembly.”

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the U.S. moving it’s embassy to Jerusalem. 100 countries voted to condemn the U.S. for the move. The Trump Administration was taking names and shortly thereafter, Haley announced a $235 million cut to the U.S. funding of the U.N. budget.

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was roundly condemned and informed that he had no right to have an opinion about pink dresses on little boys, calling him “insecure” about gender and sexuality and not properly supportive of LGBTQ fluid gender norms. Hamilton hit all the right PC notes in a “deepest apology” thereby allowing the blogosphere buttercups to retreat to their safe spaces again.

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SUPERSONIC BIZ JET supersonic jet that will potentially serve as a platform for pioneering future supersonic aircraft,” said Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. The MOU is the result of extensive discussions between Aerion and Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works® Advanced Development Programs team. For close to 75 years, Skunk Works has existed to create revolutionary aircraft that push the boundaries of what is possible.

Lockheed Martin, known for developing the world’s leading supersonic combat aircraft, the F-16, the F-35, and F-22, as well as the Mach 3+ SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft, is committed to fostering new innovations and developing supersonic technologies with civil and commercial applications.

Through that effort, the two companies developed a preliminary design of wing and airframe structures, systems layout, “Following our initial review of and preliminary concepts for a flyAerion’s aerodynamic technology, by-wire flight control system. our conclusion is that the Aerion AS2 concept warrants the further “We are grateful for Airbus’ investment of our time and contribution to the program,” said resources,” said Carvalho. Brian Barents, Aerion Executive Chairman. “We could not have “We are committed to remaining moved the program to this stage on the cutting edge of aerospace without their support.” technology and are excited to examine the contribution we In May 2017, GE Aviation announced might make to working with an agreement with Aerion to Aerion on making aviation history.” define a supersonic engine for the During the last two and a half years, AS2. The latest announcement with Lockheed Martin further positions Aerion as the leader in the nascent sector of civil supersonic aviation. About Aerion Corporation Aerion Corporation of Reno, Nevada, was formed in 2003 to introduce a new era of practical and efficient supersonic flight.

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The 12-passenger AS2 is expected to fly at a maximum speed of Mach 1.4 over water, and, where permitted by regulation, at speeds approaching Mach 1.2 without a sonic boom reaching the ground. Thanks to its unique supersonic natural laminar flow wing, the aircraft is expected to achieve long range (LA to Paris) and efficiency at supersonic and subsonic speeds. Once fielded, it will reduce trans-Atlantic trips by as much as three hours, enabling business leaders to fly roundtrip between New York and London in a day.

decided to let the policy lapse, and because they declined payment for insurance from another insurance company. Likewise, there is no credible evidence on this record that Selective engaged in bad faith, and plaintiffs have failed to make out a prima facie case of a violation under the CFA, assuming it even applies to the facts of this case.

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Statutes requiring proof of mailing is to protect the insured. Here, it was not necessary since the plaintiff admitted she received the notice of cancellation and did nothing. It is amazing to me that a lawyer About Lockheed Martin was willing to take this case up Headquartered in Bethesda, on appeal considering the facts Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a recited by the appellate court. global security and aerospace company that employs The plaintiff admitted that approximately 97,000 people she received the notice of worldwide and is principally cancellation and affirmatively engaged in the research, design, decided not to pay the premium. development, manufacture, Without consideration there integration, and sustainment of can be no policy of insurance advanced technology systems, and the insurer properly products, and services. refused to pay the claim. In November 2015, Aerion announced a fleet order from fractional aircraft fleet operator Flexjet for 20 AS2 aircraft. Aerion expects the AS2’s first flight in 2023 and certification in 2025.

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Activity >> Delete Activity By. A little box will appear, and you can change the Delete by Date field to All Time. Google takes pains to remind you how beneficial your search history is, but you now have the option to remove all this data for good.

Fortunately, you can wipe away your Facebook search history with a few clicks. To clear past searches, log in to Facebook and go to the upside-down triangle in the top-right corner. Click on Activity Log. The Activity Log is where Facebook tracks your actions within the site.

DuckDuckGo has a mission to keep users’ information private and to prevent personalized search results. The search engine includes nifty calculators and other tricks, and you can customize its interface with search shortcuts and an Instant Answers feature.

Click here for a detailed In the left column of the description of these steps Activity Log, under Photos, along with visual aides. Likes and Comments, click on the More link. Then scroll down 2. Erase your Facebook search and click on the Search link. history Here you’ll see a list of every Would you believe that Facebook search you’ve ever Facebook keeps the same made, organized by date. You kind of records as Google? If can clear searches individually anything, Facebook’s data is by clicking the crossed-circle even more personal, such as icon on the right.

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will be a small price to pay for Here is how to do it: people who give their privacy top priority. • Open Settings • Tap Safari Click here to use Ixquick. • Scroll down and select Clear History and Website Data Bonus: Keep your browsing • Tap Clear History and Data history private on your phone to confirm Surfing the web on your • computer can leave a lot Google Chrome of breadcrumbs, but many If you are not using Apple’s people are even more cavalier default browser, there’s a good about their phones. So much chance you are using Google correspondence, banking, and Chrome. Here are the steps to social media flow through the clearing Chrome’s history: typical smartphone, and much of that information is tracked. • Open Google Chrome Meanwhile, you’re collecting • Open Settings a vast array of cookies and • Tap Privacy >> History temporary files, and these are • Tap Clear on-device History reflected in the advertising • Tap Clear on-device History to confirm that pops up on your phone. These ads say a lot about your • Firefox browsing history, and they are visible to anyone who catches To clear the history on Firefox, a glimpse of your phone. follow these steps: So how do you clear your browsing history and secure your privacy going forward? That depends on the device you use. Below are the steps but they might be a tad different for you, depending on the version of the browser you are using. Apple

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