National Underwriter's Guide to the E&S/Specialty Lines News


Employment Practice Issues Surface As Immigration Policy Debate Rages
If the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement opened a costly investigation of your business and employment practices, would the legal costs be covered under your existing employment practices liability insurance policy?

For many companies, the answer is surprisingly no, according to Seth Brickman, senior underwriter at Windsor, Conn.-based Business Risk Partners.


Connecticut MGA Hybrid Launch Focused On Small Biz Accounts
With an eye toward servicing $1,500 surplus lines accounts rather than $200,000 accounts, the newest managing general agency in Connecticut—Hybrid Insurance Group—aims to grow by capturing all of the small, hard-to-place business of each of its retail agent customers. Earl O'Garro Jr., the 27-year-old CEO, explained how market dynamics, a fresh approach to the business and even his age may be factors that could put $10 million on the books by year end, and spur even more growth in years to come—through acquisitions and expansion into other states.

First Mercury Buying Ariel's Valiant for $55 Million
Targeting opportunities to enter the marine market and to expand its ability to write admitted specialty business, First Mercury Financial Corporation announced that one of its subsidiaries will buy Valiant Insurance Group for roughly $55 million.

Supreme Court Privacy Ruling Creates Precedent Speculation
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right of a municipality to examine the text messages of a public employee has created speculation that the ruling could set a precedent for private employers or others. In Ontario v. Quon, the court unanimously upheld the right of the city of Ontario, Calif., to examine personal texts of a city police officer on his city-provided pager.

Summer Fun Translates Into Business Opportunities For Specialty Producers
With summertime in full swing, thoughts turn to having fun in the sun, making it a busy time for sports leagues, team organizers and camp programs—as well as for the specialty insurers and producers who serve them. For agents and brokers, marketing sports insurance can be an opportunity to engage in new business or to cement long-term relationships with existing commercial and personal lines clients.

Web Service Boosts Sports Insurance Players
In the amateur sports insurance world, technology has proven to be an invaluable aid in the distribution of the product. This article provides links to websites that enable agents, leagues and event organizers to meet last-minute coverage requirements—some with the ability to immediately generate certificates of insurance.

This Month in NU Magazine
In National Underwriter magazine this month, the July 19 edition will feature a look at environmental exposures, and the July 26 edition will look at the collector risks specialty insurance market.

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