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Aegislink - Regional Member Meeting – Midwest

Regional Member Meeting – Midwest
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022 | Midwest region
Please join Bill Cullen, AEGIS President & CEO, as well as Bill Hillman, Executive Vice President & Chief Underwriting Officer, and George Keefe, Senior Vice President — Member Relations, for an online members-only regional meeting on Tuesday, January 11. This meeting is for member risk managers in the Midwest region.

Online regional meetings are small groups with no more than 30 member companies on Webex sessions. Each attendee is encouraged to participate in the open-forum discussion. We're interested in your thoughts on current insurance market conditions, the pandemic, possible new products and services, other ways AEGIS might help, and whatever else may be on your mind. Over the years, many important initiatives have resulted from regional meetings and we are looking forward to fruitful conversations with you online.

The online regional meeting will run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT. Use the link to the right to register. Registration will be limited to 30 member companies per Webex meeting. A few days prior to the meeting, we will send you an e-mail with log-in instructions.

We hope you'll invite your supervisor or next-in-command to join us and learn more about AEGIS and our latest initiatives for member companies. 

It has been a while since we have met face-to-face, so we welcome you to turn on your cameras during the session.

We look forward to seeing you.


The 9/11 Deadline and the Consultant


December 16, 2003
Dow Jones WebReprint Service®     

The 9/11 Deadline


On Dec. 22, 2003, the curtain will close on the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, an unprecedented federal program that provides an average of $1.7 million tax free to the families of each fallen victim. By that day, the relatives of approximately 3,000 individuals who perished in the attacks, as well as all those survivors who were injured, will have had to decide once and for all whether to take advantage of the federal government's offer of compensation.

Enacted by Congress only 11 days after the attacks, the Fund was intended to shield the airlines from endless litigation, as well as to provide speedy compensation to the victims on a no-fault basis in a non-adversarial forum. While Congress had established other compensation programs in the past — for miners afflicted with Black Lung disease, for example, or workers exposed to dangerous levels of radiation — it had never before set up a program this generous, nor had it ever agreed to compensate victims of terror as a trade-off for access to the courts. Under any other set of circumstances, a program such as this might have been dead on arrival because trial lawyers would have howled that it was a form of "tort reform." Ironically, the Fund may ultimately serve as a prime example of a compensation program far superior to the traditional tort system. After all, in no mass disaster has our court system ever provided such prompt and substantial compensation to every single victim with a legitimate claim — and all without having trial lawyers skim 30%-50% off the top.

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In establishing the Fund, Congress set only a few ground rules. To submit a claim, individuals must waive their right to sue any domestic entity in connection with the attacks; lawsuits against foreign terrorists or foreign governments harboring terrorists are not precluded. Claimants are then entitled to compensation based on their economic loss (income that would likely have been earned by a loved one had he not perished), and non-economic loss (pain and suffering). The law also requires that the total amount of money received by the claimants from other sources (such as life insurance proceeds) be subtracted from the Fund award. Beyond these general provisions, however, the Act gives enormous discretion to a Special Master appointed by the attorney general. Congress did not even set an outer limit on the total amount of money that the Special Master may expend.

But in its attempt to deal humanely with an inhumane event, Congress raised as many vexing questions as it answered. Most importantly, should Congress have created a Fund limited to Sept. 11? The Fund does not cover the victims of the bombings at Oklahoma City or the African embassies, or the first attack on the World Trade Center. Nor does it offer to compensate citizens who are killed in future terrorist attacks.

There are other questions: Should the government award a vastly different sum of money to the widower of a waitress than to the widower of a successful stockbroker? (Congress said yes, although it gave the Special Master discretion to set each award at a "fair" level.) Should every claimant receive the same amount for suffering, or should some family members, such as those who spent the last minutes talking to loved ones on cell phones, receive more? Should charitable contributions made to individual victims be deemed a collateral source if such a policy would have the effect of chilling charitable donations?

Still other issues have arisen during the Fund's implementation: Is the appropriate claimant on behalf of a single victim the parents, who may not have seen their child in years, or the victim's fiancé, whose wedding was scheduled for early October? What about the competing claims of the ex-wife who is still caring for the victim's children versus the current wife or even the victim's same-sex partner? And how should the Fund deal with a claim filed by the widow of a foreign citizen or illegal alien? With approximately 3,000 fatalities, nearly every story is different and the law, necessarily drafted in haste, left many unanswered questions.

Working within the broad discretion afforded him by Congress, and in close cooperation with the Department of Justice, Special Master Kenneth Feinberg has successfully navigated these challenging issues in an effort to be consistent and compassionate. The results speak for themselves. About 4,500 eligible claims have already been filed, about half of which are for death claims. Only 73 disqualifying lawsuits have been filed by individuals seeking redress against the airlines and other defendants. For the claims submitted, the awards for fatalities range from $250,000 to $7 million, and for physical injuries from just $500 to $7.9 million. But with Dec. 22 only days away, more than 700 families with death claims appear to have made no choice at all, largely because they are still grieving and cannot bring themselves to file a claim for compensation.

Their grief is understandable. But inaction in the face of the Fund's deadline would be foolish. While no amount of compensation can ever fill their void, these families should think long and hard before passing up Congress's offer of substantial compensation.

Mr. Lefkowitz headed the White House Domestic Policy Council before returning to law practice this Fall.

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Insider Terrorism on the California Power Grid

Sniper attack on California power grid may have been 'an insider,' DHS says

Rest assured it was a inside job leading to other deadly explosions

The 2013 Sniper Attack on California Electric Grid

A top DHS official revealed on Wednesday that an infamous 2013 sniper attack on a California energy grid substation may have been committed by someone on the inside. The attack, which nearly took out power to parts of Silicon Valley, has been called "the
most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" by the nation's top electrical utility regulator. The yet-unsolved case has been shrouded in mystery. No suspects have been named, and
as of last year, no motive identified. But at an energy industry conference in Philadelphia this week, we got our first glimpse at who the government thinks might have attacked the grid. "While we have not yet identified the
shooter, there's some indication it was an insider," said Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security.

Was it a current or former employee of PG&E (PCG)? A hired contractor? DHS will not comment on an ongoing investigation. Shortly after midnight on April 16, 2013, some people snuck up on PG&E's substation in Metcalf, California. They cut fiber-optic
AT&T phone lines, shutting off service to nearby neighborhoods. They also fired more than 100 rounds of .30-caliber rifle ammunition into the radiators of 17 electricity transformers. Thousands of gallons of oil leaked,
causing electronics to overheat and shut down. PG&E engineers were able to reroute power, but it was a struggle to keep the power on during the attack. The assault lasted only 19 minutes, but it caused $15 million in damage.
It also became a harsh wake-up call for energy providers, who have since become obsessed with the physical security of their remote power stations. PG&E alone has pledged to spend $100 million to improve security at its
facilities. Also, it and AT&T (T) have each announced separate $250,000 rewards to catch the attackers.

Why the alarm?

Transformers are often custom designed, sometimes costing $3 million each -- and replacements are slow. Plus, physical attacks on energy distribution machines are much more effective at taking out the power grid than a computer
hack. And it's incredibly easy to pull off, several energy utility firms told CNNMoney. Experts attending GridSecCon, held by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation this week, are now discussing the need to enclose
electronics in 1/2-inch thick armor plating that can stop high-powered rifle rounds. Power utilities have started loading remote substations with infrared cameras, gunshot audio sensors and even seismic recorders that catch
vibrations. Correction: The headline and first sentence of this story have been updated to reflect the comment made by the DHS official.

The Insider Terrorists Meeting

Deliver of the Maps during PG&E Meeting

Placed via external drive provided by PG& Pete Bennett's laptop by Ravenel Enterprises SVP Paul Reddit. Meeting Location: Pacific Gas & Electric Company Address: 1850 Gateway Blvd Fl 6, Concord, CA 94520 Phone: (800) 743-5000

California Data Breach and Microsoft Sharepoint

Example map of over 20,000 internal documents directly from the SharePoint Server.


FBI Director Robert Mueller

 source: Biography.com

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