E&O Weekly Prevention
Strategies for the Professional Agent
July 3, 2014
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Agents of America Announces Discounts For All Three Books in their E&O Risk Management Series


AgentsofAmerica.ORG (AOA) is pleased to announce the release of a three-book series on Insurance Agency Risk Management - A Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding E&O Claims. This resource will be published through a strategic relationship with West LegalEdcenter. CLICK HERE.


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E&O Tip of the Week

Each week AOA thru the Learning Center will be providing E&O tips. These E&O tips will be developed from AOA's extensive library of high level educational material and will be included as part of the webinar / seminar package currently in development, that both agents and carriers will find beneficial in reducing E&O Claims. 

Check out this week's E&O TIP on "Broker of Record letters - A Potential E&O Issue?"


MONDAY MORNING, the weekly "mini-webinar" features industry leader and marketing guru George Nordhaus, this week George discusses "Tomorrow's Agency Today - Part 1", in an exclusive presentation. To see this week's presentation click here.     


A review of the top stories on World Risk & Insurance News at WRIN.tv. Here is your opportunity to see the online video news stories you may have missed. Watch them now "Week in Review".


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Along with freedom also comes responsibility. Let us never forget that. Let us never take our freedom for granted. On this 4th of July let us salute all those brave men and women who fought for our country.  May you have a Happy 4th of July this year and for the many years to come.


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AOA News, Views, Tips & More

Why Do Smart People Risk Millions By Failing To Report Claims and Potential Claims Timely To Their Insurers?

By Christopher Graham, Esq. and Joseph Kelly, Esq. of Jones Lemon & Graham LLP


Introduction: We read lots of cases about professional liability and D&O insurance. We've handled quite a few of them as well. Many involve policyholders losing coverage because they fail to take a simple step-namely, promptly tell their insurer about a claim or circumstance that may lead to a claim. Sometimes, as in the case discussed today, the problem arises when switching insurers, when the policyholder doesn't report a circumstance to it's existing insurer and fails to disclose it in an application to a new insurer.


Expert Testimony May Not Always Be Required for Professional Negligence Cases in Connecticut

By Daniel S. Clark Jr, Esq. ofHinshaw & Culbertson LLP


Cammarota v. Guerrera, 148 Conn.App. 743 (2014) 

Plaintiff/appellant and his brother, retained defendant/appellee as their counsel to prepare an agreement related to the development of real property. The agreement contained the terms of the development of the property, the division of assets, and the allocation of payments between the brothers.


Google and the Great Divide: U.S. Privacy Rights versus EU Privacy Rights

By Melissa K. Ventrone, Esq., Anjali C. Das, Esq. and Alicia A. Garcia, Esq. of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP 


Will the "right to be forgotten" be the new mantra in cyber cases in the United States? Or will the "right to know" continue to prevail? In Europe, proponents of the "right to be forgotten" argue that individuals should be able to force search engines such as Google or Bing to remove old or irrelevant information from the Internet for the sake of privacy. This idea clashes with the U.S. view that anything put on the Internet is fair game - the "right to know."


Engineer's Insurance for Large Projects and the Self-Insured Retention

By Marc Zimet, Esq. of Jampol Zimet LLP


Professional liability insurance is crucial for engineers wishing to mitigate their risk and exposure to professional liability claims. Engineers completing large scale projects are frequently required by the owner or developer to purchase project specific coverage, which, for example, could range from $10 to $50 million in coverage. Such a policy will often have a deductible or self-insured retention in a larger than normal amount, ranging from $250,000 to $2 million. Engineers considering such a large project and finding themselves needing a policy that carries with it a large self-insured retention should be mindful of several things.


New Mexico Appeals Court Affirms the Use of Medical Marijuana in a Workers' Compensation Case

By James E. Pocius, Esq. of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C   


In a decision dated May 19, 2014, in the case of Gregory Vialpando v. Ben's Automotive Services and Redwood Fire and Casualty, the Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico ruled that medical marijuana is considered reasonable and necessary medical care.   

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