INSURANCE BRIEFS

INSURANCE BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL GROUP SETS

HEMISPHERIC CONFERENCE

CHICAGO - The 25th Hemispheric Insurance Conference of the Interamerican Federation of Insurance Companies (Fides) will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington.

Fides, started in 1973, is an international association consisting of the representative private insurance associations of each country.

The conference will discuss the use of insurance technology and will include a special technology exhibition for delegates in addition to five educational sessions on technology needs and solutions.

Conference delegates consist of senior officers from the insurance companies in the Western Hemisphere belonging to Fides member groups as well as ''observers from around the world," the organization said. More than 700 people from more than 30 countries are expected to attend.

For information, call (312) 236-6476.

CNA CHIEF TO DELIVER

KEYNOTE SPEECH AT MEET

MINNEAPOLIS - Dennis H. Chookaszian, CNA Insurance Cos. chief executive officer, will give the keynote address Nov. 15 to open the Professional Liability Underwriting Society's international conference.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel at City Front Center.

Panelists include Walter S. Towenson Jr., chairman and chief executive, Marsh & McLennan; Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., chairman, House Judiciary Committee; Thomas Wilson Sr., partner in Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Eddman & Dicker; Pamela Lipakis, president, American Trial Lawyers Association; and Dr. James S. Todd, executive vice president, American Medical Association.

SCHOOL BOARD INSURER

TO PAY IN STUDENT DEATH

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The insurance company for the Kanawha County Board of Education agreed to pay $50,000 to a woman whose son was shot to death at a 1992 student "skip day" party.

The agreement was reached Monday in the case of Peggy Sayre, who filed a Circuit Court lawsuit in 1994 against the board and others she believed responsible for the death of her son, Michael Means.

Mr. Means and fellow student Lydell Brooks were killed during a fight at an annual beer party attended by high school seniors at an area park.

Angelo White, 20, was sentenced to a year in jail for Mr. Means' death. Authorities could not determine who shot Mr. Brooks.

A beer store owner agreed in May to pay Ms. Sayre $3,000 for selling 14 kegs of beer to a teen-ager and an adult. Nancy Nichols, who helped buy the beer, agreed last year to pay $40,000 to Ms. Sayre.

The owners of the park were dropped from the lawsuit.

AGENTS, BROKERS COUNCIL

OFFERS DALLAS WORKSHOP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers will hold a workshop Nov. 4-6 in Dallas to help human resource managers on employer- employee issues.

This workshop will be offered only to council members to help human resource people handle such difficult aspects of their job as hiring in a competitive industry, keeping up with changes in practices and law, developing legal and fair employment policies, motivating people, dealing with disputes and other personnel problems and firing "legally and humanely."

For more information, call (202) 547-6616.

MEDIA/PROFESSIONAL

SETS CALIFORNIA SEMINAR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Media/Professional Insurance will present a seminar entitled, "Managing Risk in Cyberspace," Nov. 2 at the Hyatt Rickeys Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif.

The sessions will deal with intellectual property issues, including how these risks apply to protected source codes in computer software. Another session will discuss Online Networks, talking about libel and privacy media risks and copyright infringement risks as they relate to licensing agreements and to users' loading of protected material.

Other topics include ways to recognize security exposures and minimize risks and available coverages for media exposures.

The free seminar is offered only to Media/Professional's customers and their clients. For information, call (816) 471-6188, ext. 281.

Media/Professional is a media liability underwriter and handles errors and omissions coverage.