Top News   February 3, 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Public Adjuster Paradox
Insureds may retain the services of public adjusters due to the perception that insurers do not fully disclose and fulfill the promises of the insurance contract. As the author points out, the first step to resolution is cooperation amongst parties. Read more

Poizner's Cousin Arrested for Fraud, Embezzlement
Paul Poizner, a second cousin of California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, was arrested at his Ventura County, Calif. home and now faces 60 counts of embezzlement and auto insurance fraud. Read more

Fire Claims Soaring from Fireplaces, Space Heaters
A combination of tough economic times and a spat of unusually cold winters are being blamed for a double-digit rise in the percentage of home fire claims, according to one major insurer. Read about the dangers here.

Tweet Suite Digest — February 3, 2010
Claims Magazine is twittering every day about breaking news and timely topics, not to mention keeping readers up to date on the latest postings to What can Twitter do for you? Click to find out.

Fraud of the Week: "Groundhog Day" in New York
A Plattsburgh, New York area man convicted of insurance fraud less than a decade ago now finds himself in a familiar predicament. Read more

Claims IQ

Each week we test readers on their claim knowledge. This week's question is:

Dog bites account for about __ of all homeowners' insurance liability claims, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

A. one percent
B. one-third
C. half
D. three-quarters

Answer Here!

Last week's question was:

The 9.1-magnitude earthquake responsible for the 2004 Indonesian tsunami generated the energy equivalent of Hiroshima-type atomic bombs.

A. 500
B. 23,000
C. 1,000
D. 7

It was a tough break for e-News readers, who were divided about last week's trivia. As stated in "Insurance Coverage in Earthquake Disasters" on, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake generated the energy equivalent to 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs. It was the second largest quake ever recorded on seismograph. Better luck next time!

Here are the final results for last week:

A. 25%
B. 26%
C. 28%
D. 21%

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