Chubb’s Schellinkhout Joins Woodruff-Sawyer in Pacific Northwest

Woodruff-Sawyer Co. has named Melissa Schellinkhout has clamp boss and Northwest use director.

Schellinkhout will be obliged for slip of property/casualty operations in a Pacific Northwest, including a firm’s Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. offices. She will also conduct word association family and customer brokerage activities.

She worked for some-more than 16 years during Chubb before fasten Woodruff-Sawyer. At Chubb she hold a accumulation of roles, many recently as clamp boss and blurb word manager.

Melissa Schellinkhout

San Francisco-based Woodruff-Sawyer has offices via California, and in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii and New England.

Ohio Jury Says American Family Mutual Agents Are Employees

A sovereign jury in Ohio motionless final week dynamic that thousands of agents with Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Mutual Insurance (AmFam) are employees, not eccentric contractors.

According to a news recover from plaintiff attorneys concerned in a case, a jury in a United States District Court for a Northern District of Ohio returned a unanimous preference in a box following a two-week trial.

The jury found that American Family improperly personal a agents as eccentric contractors, according to a matter expelled by Landskroner Grieco Merriman LLC

The jury’s outcome is advisory. Judge Donald Nugent, who approved a box as a category movement and presided over a advisory jury trial, has nonetheless to adopt a jury’s end and emanate a grave ruling. If adopted, a box would ensue to a pill proviso to revive and strengthen retirement advantages for 6,978 stream and former AmFam agents opposite a country.

“The jury apparently concluded that AmFam can't have it both ways,” settled profession Erin K. Dickinson of Crueger Dickinson in Madison, Wisconsin. “A association can't only call a agents ‘independent contractors’ to equivocate following a sovereign law safeguarding retirement advantages and afterwards insist on determining how those agents do their work.”

Jammal, et al. v. American Family Insurance, Case No.: 13-cv-00437 centered on a claim that AmFam avoids complying with ERISA, a sovereign law that protects retirement benefits, by improperly classifying a agents as eccentric contractors when they are indeed employees, according to a plaintiff’s attorneys.

Cleveland.com reported that a box was attempted in Cleveland since dual of a strange plaintiffs are located there.

American Family did not immediately respond to a ask by Insurance Journal for criticism on a case. However, Cleveland.com reported that in an emailed matter a insurer pronounced while it values a agents, it “strongly disagrees” with a jury’s decision.

Crueger, Dickinson, and profession Ed Wallace of Wexler Wallace LLP (Chicago, Illinois) served as hearing warn for a category of AmFam agents.

In further to a hearing warn team, a plaintiffs were also represented by Kara A. Elgersma of Wexler Wallace LLP, Jack Landskroner and Drew Legando of Landskroner Grieco Merriman LLC (Cleveland, Ohio), and Gregory F. Coleman of Greg Coleman Law PC (Knoxville, Tenn.).

The Hartford Reports Improved Q1 Results

The Hartford reported initial entertain 2017 net income and core benefit of $378 million compared with net income of $323 million and core benefit of $385 million in initial entertain 2016. Net income rose 17 percent to $378 million due to a rebate in net satisfied collateral losses, partially equivalent by aloft disaster losses.

Current collision year disaster waste rose 66 percent from $59 million, after-tax, in initial entertain 2016 to $98 million, after-tax, in initial entertain 2017. The guess of initial entertain 2016 disaster waste subsequently increasing by $26 million, after-tax, during 2016 due to a occurrence of storms late in that quarter.

Net investment income of $728 million rose 5 percent from initial entertain 2016.

“The Hartford is off to a really good start in 2017,” pronounced The Hartford’s Chairman and CEO Christopher Swift. He pronounced blurb lines and organisation Benefits both delivered tip line expansion and really clever margins and a association has been speedy by alleviation in personal auto, where it has been addressing towering detriment cost trends.

The Hartford’s President Doug Elliot pronounced personal automobile profitability initiatives are holding hold, with a “significant alleviation in a underlying detriment ratio compared with final year, practiced for adverse growth during 2016.”

The property/casualty underwriting benefit declined largely due to increasing disaster waste and aloft stream collision year detriment costs in blurb auto, personal automobile and homeowners.

Other items from a initial entertain results:

Commercial Lines:

  • Commercial Lines net income of $231 million rose 3 percent and core benefit declined 9 percent to $224 million compared with initial entertain 2016. Catastrophe waste totaled $71 million, compared with $44 million in initial entertain 2016.
  • Commercial Lines total ratio of 96.0 increasing 4.9 points from initial entertain 2016 and enclosed a 2.1 indicate adverse change in net before collision year growth (PYD) and a 1.5 indicate boost in disaster losses; underlying total ratio of 90.9 was adult 1.3 points from initial entertain 2016 essentially due to blurb automobile and ubiquitous liability.

Personal Lines

  • Personal Lines net income of $33 million rose 43 percent and core benefit of $32 million rose 23 percent compared with initial entertain 2016. The underwriting benefit increasing due to modestly auspicious PYD of $4 million, compared with net adverse PYD associated to automobile guilt of $52 million, before tax, in initial entertain 2016, and reduce underwriting waste due to reduced merger expenses. The auspicious change in PYD and reduce underwriting waste in initial entertain 2017 were mostly equivalent by aloft stream collision year detriment costs, including disaster waste that increasing to $79 million, from $47 million in initial entertain 2016.
  • The Personal Lines total ratio was 99.3, including 8.1 points from catastrophes and PYD, down from 99.9, including 10.1 points from catastrophes and PYD, in initial entertain 2016. The automobile total ratio softened to 97.5 from 106.6 in initial entertain 2016, that enclosed 9.3 points of adverse PYD compared with auspicious PYD of 0.4 points in initial entertain 2017. The homeowners total ratio rose to 103.4 from 84.7 in initial entertain 2016 due to aloft disaster waste in initial entertain 2017, reduction auspicious PYD, and aloft non-catastrophe continue and glow waste compared with initial entertain 2016.
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