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Four key steps to avoid a bad faith claim

Bad faith claims are tedious, costly and time-consuming. They can drag on for months or even years after the resolution of the underlying insurance matter. One way to prevent having to defend against a bad faith claim is to avoid them altogether. These four tips will hopefully help your agency do just that.

What insurers should know about 'sliding.'

Truth in advertising spans a great deal of services and products offered by Louisiana businesses. Essentially, if you advertise to the marketplace certain things about your offerings, it cannot be done with the intent to conceal or deceive. This mandate undoubtedly applies to insurance products, but many not know how it works when it comes to the sale of policies.

Tips for testifying in a deposition

In the abstract, testifying in a deposition setting is simple. You pledge to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth; basically meaning that you promise not to lie or distort the truth. Also, there is no courtroom full of people or a group of jurors staring at you and hanging on your every word.  

The benefits of mandatory arbitration agreements

It may go without saying that businesses want to stay out of court, especially when it comes to defending against employee-based claims. Whether it is a dispute over wages or work conditions, or even sexual harassment and discrimination claims, protracted litigation not only detracts from a business’ bottom line, it could also harm future business relationships.

Should you pay to settle a lawsuit or fight to a verdict?

Litigation, like war, is supposed to be the means of last resort to resolve disputes. Indeed, war has many more permanent consequences, but they have some similar implications. Both cost an exorbitant amount of money, and both cause a great deal of pain and animosity among the combatants.

Coverage for interruptions critical for businesses

In the midst of news about the government shutdown being resolved, not much news is being devoted to the state of the economy. This is probably good news for businesses looking to take advantage of the new tax reform law, and it is also a sign that the economy is in good shape.

Children's electronic maker settles with the FTC

As data analytics become increasingly important for businesses, the collection of data has become a standard of operation. It has become such a mainstream that even electronic toys created for children may be programmed to collect personal information that could be used for future marketing and analysis. However, this information may be collected without obtaining parental permission, which could lead to significant liability.

Are hotels responsible for protecting employees from harassment?

The slew of sexual harassment allegations lodged against powerful, high profile men continues on. Last week, Minnesota senator Al Franken resigned from his post amidst such allegations. Celebrity chef Mario Battali was suspended after similar allegations surfaced. Additionally, talk show host Tavis Smiley has been pulled off the air pending an investigation of inappropriate relationships with subordinates.

Are you ready to deal with security breaches?

If you run a business that completes transactions online, you store confidential information electronically, or have servers to that collect and process such information, avoiding security breaches has to be a high priority issue. After all, there are stories about major companies being hacked and customer information being stolen all the time. This could lead to many forms of identity theft and other cybercrimes.

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