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Diesel, opioids, and the conservation of regulatory and litigious energy

Diesel, opioids, and the conservation of regulatory and litigious energy 500 281 David Loughran

Regulatory and litigious energy is created when a large number of individuals are harmed or perceived to be harmed. Once created, that energy is typically conserved following a path of…

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Sunscreen is a summer necessity, so what exactly is in it?

Sunscreen is a summer necessity, so what exactly is in it? 500 350 Sheryll Mangahas

Summer is almost upon us with its long sunny days. As humans, we require sunlight to produce Vitamin D. However, excessive sun exposure results in sunburn and may instigate skin…

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Loud noise is not the only hazard to consider in hearing loss

Loud noise is not the only hazard to consider in hearing loss 500 414 Sheryll Mangahas

Ototoxic is a word not seen or read very often unless one works at Praedicat. The latter part is familiar-toxic, so what is “oto”? It is a medical term used…

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The GMO debate rages on as USDA publishes its proposed labeling rule

The GMO debate rages on as USDA publishes its proposed labeling rule 500 280 Adam Grossman

Few things today raise as much passion as anything having to do with genetically-modified organisms (GMO) used for food. In some ways the rhetoric has been heated since 1992 when…

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Minibrain technology is advancing rapidly and raising ethical concerns

Minibrain technology is advancing rapidly and raising ethical concerns 500 497 David Loughran

Scientists are growing increasingly sophisticated three-dimensional miniature brains and other organs (“organoids”) — stomachs, kidneys, livers, prostate glands, pancreases — in order to understand disease processes and formulate more effective…

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Should underwriters expect better data from brokers?

Should underwriters expect better data from brokers? 500 226 Bob Reville

In a recent survey of our customers, we were exploring the data used and needed by underwriters, and we asked whether they agreed with a set of statements. To the…

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What is “long tail”?

What is “long tail”? 500 375 Charles Clarke

I’ve been asked recently by a number of customers to define what Praedicat means by “long tail” risk. Our CEO, Bob Reville, has written about casualty catastrophe previously, and how Praedicat is…

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Aggregating public and scientific opinion

Aggregating public and scientific opinion 500 317 David Loughran

Many of us love a good political horse race. The Associated Press, though, recently issued new guidelines for reporting on pre-election polling that seeks to deemphasize that type of election coverage. Among…

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Acrylamide, Proposition 65 warnings, hazard, and risk

Acrylamide, Proposition 65 warnings, hazard, and risk 500 262 Adam Grossman

As somebody with a two espresso per day habit, I read with interest the New York Times article regarding the ongoing litigation to force coffee companies to give consumers warnings…

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Climate change litigation and attribution science

Climate change litigation and attribution science 500 273 Bob Reville

Climate change tort litigation has faced significant obstacles to establishing corporate liability for climate change. Cases such as Kivalina v. ExxonMobil, and California v. General Motors Corporation faced significant obstacles based in tort…

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Fish oil supplements and the self-correcting nature of science

Fish oil supplements and the self-correcting nature of science 500 378 Adam Grossman

I’m often asked my views on how the latest paper to find a correlation between a chemical and a bodily injury (or not find any correlation, as the case may…

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Increased awareness of 3D printing risks brings proposals for regulation

Increased awareness of 3D printing risks brings proposals for regulation 500 334 Adam Grossman

The use of additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies continues to increase. As we discussed in our white paper, co-authored with AIG, additive manufacturing carries with it new risks not known in traditional manufacturing…

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