August 22, 2017

Risky Business

Risky Business
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‘The house must fall’

Residents in a community whose home foundations are crumbling are facing quite a puzzle with their insurance policies: The damage won’t be covered unless their homes collapse. More than two dozen insurance companies being sued in federal court by 40 homeowners recently filed court documents asking a judge to dismiss...

Ghost brokers

There was a case of fake motor insurance brokers going door to door offering fraudulent insurance policies. Operating with laptops, these fraudsters claimed to arrange heavily discounted covers. But gullible customers found the policies to be invalid because the fraudsters made up the details when they bought policies from insurance...

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Newness Itch

A major airline company celebrated the finalisation of its merger with another operator by supplying new uniforms for 70,000 of its employees including pilots, flight attendants and customer service representatives. Unfortunately more than 3000 employees filed complaints that the new uniforms caused hives, rashes and breathing problems. In some cases,...

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Flip Out

A woman went to a reality dance show audition and was quite seriously injured when performing a flip in the midst of her routine. In turn she sued the show’s production company. During her deposition she admitted that she had signed the releases and documents, which waived the production company...

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Alligator Attack

An insurer received a motor claim for property damage. The client was parked in low country and was going on a fishing trip with his car parked nearby. After fishing, when he headed back to his car, he found an alligator was attacking his car bumper and tires with gusto....

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The explosion

A woman filed a products liability claim after her arm exercise tracker exploded, giving her second-degree burns. In her claim she said that she only had the device for a short while and it exploded while she was reading a book. The tracker completely melted the doctor had to pick...

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Crime never pays

A woman who set fire to her house with an intent to insurance fraud, has confessed to her crime. The incident led to the death of a firefighter. The woman allegedly conspired with her husband to set fire to the house in order to collect an insurance payout. Her husband...

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The cover boogie

An insurance company has come under fire after using a traditional, indigenous dance form in its advertisement. Numerous people have commented on social media channels, labeling the ad as cultural appropriation. The company defended the ad saying it was respecting the tradition and worked with a specialist in the art...

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Robin Hood

A disgruntled former employee of a hotel chain hacked into the reservation system and slashed room rents to minimal rates, costing the hotel a tonne of money. The man had been fired a few months back and he was ordered to stay away from the company computer system. However, he...

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A Ram & a goat

An insured went to visit her friend in a rural area. Her truck was parked in the driveway of the property. While she was inside her friend’s house, she heard a series of bangs and crashes. When they went outside to investigate the noise, they saw a goat ramming into...

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