Drones and the City

Drones seem to be everywhere in our lives, and they are beginning to make their way into the professional setting for architects and engineers as well.  That is, it’s emerging in some cities while others are a bit slower to change for several reasons.  New York City is one of those cities slow to embrace this change as reported by the Wall Street Journal.  The path to legalizing drone use within the city has been 18 ...

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2018 Contract Review Guide

One of Maloney & Company’s commitments to our architect and engineer clients is to give them advice and suggestions on managing the risk they take on when providing design services. Among many risk management tips and suggestions, our clients receive a 10 page Contract Review Guide, updated annually.

Within the Contract Review Guide, we address questions like:

Q: What if I don’t sign the contract my client gave me? Or if my client doesn’t sign the ...

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Travelers New Policy Form

 

 

Our fantastic Travelers professional liability underwriters, Hugo Eraso and Sherry Brathuhn, came to visit our Guilford, CT office this week! Travelers is working on a new policy form with numerous enhancements, and they are re-configuring their rates which should make them more competitive within our specific region along the East Coast. As the economy expands and construction becomes more demanding, ...

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Joining Forces with Attorney Kevin Godbout

This week, Maloney & Company, LLC caught up with Attorney Kevin Godbout!

Attorney Godbout has been recognized by Super Lawyers and has been named to the 2016 Connecticut Super Lawyers in the practice area of Professional Liability: Defense. He has also been rated AV-Preeminent by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell. The account managers at Maloney & Company, LLC frequently meet with Attorney Godbout to discuss trends in the A&E industry and new risk management techniques. This week, the statute ...

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When Clients Ask to Be Added to Your Policy:

First Question: What Status Do They Want?

Additional Named Insured: this status is never given to a client, nor would a client ever want this status if he or she realized the implications. A Named Insured under the policy receives the full scope of protection under the policy, so it is appropriate only for the design firm and any related companies. If a client is a Named Insured, they could be held responsible for premiums, they could cancel the ...

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Travelers CyberRisk for Professional Firms

 

According to Travelers Business Risk Index 2015, cyber risks are the number one concern overall for professional firms.  Just one virus or resourceful hacker can cause huge financial and reputational consequences for a design firm, and that’s why it is important to be prepared with the right coverage.

Here is a claim scenario: A design firm stored its customers’ information in a third-party cloud computing environment which suffered a major data breach, compromising the information of thousands of ...

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“As Schools Open, Design Professionals Fear that Claims Will Too”

 

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Recent studies from Victor O. Schinnerer show that besides residential projects, schools and colleges generate the highest number of claims and the most expensive claims, particularly in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. This is due to a number of factors.

  • School projects don’t usually involve an individual client, but rather an elected school board with diverse wants and ...
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Field Trip to Hartford, CT

March 2016

 

This week, our account managers took a day trip to Hartford, CT to visit with attorneys Donald Doeg and Ben Berger to discuss various construction projects in the Connecticut area as well as current trends in the Architect & Engineer industry. Thanks Don and Ben!

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Crime Insurance on a Rise

At Maloney & Company, LLC, we’ve been talking more and more about different coverages that are becoming very important. Employers Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), Directors and Officers Liability (D&O), Crime, and Cyber Liability are included in this mix. Let’s talk a little bit about Crime Insurance:

What it Does:

Commercial Crime Insurance covers money, securities, and other property against a variety of criminal acts that occur inside and outside the premises of your business due to external threats and/or ...

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Employment Practices Liability Insurance – is it Important?

Well, the likelihood of being sued by an employee is now three times greater than experiencing a fire loss. In just 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received nearly 90,000 discrimination charges that year. 65% of these claims were groundless, but those employers still had to shovel out costs of investigating and defending against them. Along with claims from employees, many service-oriented ...

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