*Unit 7 DB: Protecting the Business (FIN401 Insurance & Risk


  

*Unit 7 DB: Protecting the Business (FIN401 Insurance & Risk Management)

On the morning of September 11, 2001, two airplanes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, collided into the north and south towers (the main “Twin Towers”) of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Shortly thereafter, as a result of fires caused by burning jet fuel and falling debris, the Twin Towers collapsed (south tower – 9:59 am; north tower – 10:28 am), resulting in significant damage to remaining five other towers that made up the complex and the buildings in the vicinity. The collisions were the result of acts of terrorism perpetrated by a foreign terrorist group.

Larry Silverstein, the leaseholder of the WTC Properties, entered a 99-year lease of the complex just a few months prior to the attacks. To protect his lease, Mr. Silverstein had multiple layers of insurance placed on the complex through various insurance companies. After the attacks, Mr. Silverstein sought to collect on the various insurance policies, arguing that the attacks were two separate instances of an “occurrence” under the respective policies and as such, the policies should cover the resulting damage separately. The insurers challenged Mr. Silverstein’s position (some of the insurers argued that the attack constituted one continuous attack, although multiple planes were involved). Litigation ensued. 

Additional information regarding the WTC litigation:

  • The      litigation with the insurers took over 6 years to finalize through      settlement.
  • There      were over seven different insurers involved. The insurers included primary      coverage insurers (they provided the initial layer of coverage on the      property) and excess insurers (these insurers covered the property above      the primary insurer(s), and other excess insurers, but only up to their      additional limit of coverage). 
  • Mr.      Silverstein originally argued that the attacks were two separate      occurrences under the respective insurance policies, valued at $3.5      billion each. Thus, he argued that the insurers were collectively      responsible, under their respective policies and up to their respective      limits of liability, for $7 billion in insurance coverage. 
  • After      a series of court hearings, the court determined that the maximum that      could be recovered from the insurers was $4.68 billion.
  • Through      a series of settlement negotiations with the insurers, Mr. Silverstein was      able to recover $4.55 billion (about 97% of the maximum recovery). 
  • If      the matter did not settle, it was estimated that it would take another 2-3      years minimum of litigation, including appeals, to fully resolve the      case. 

Discuss whether Mr. Silverstein had a valid claim and the impact of coverage on commercial insurance coverage. Your response should include what you have learned about commercial property insurance in the Unit and the applicable insurance provisions that may have resulted in coverage for the structures. 

*Unit 7 DB: International Trade (ECO201 Macroeconomics)

Choose two transactions that show international transactions with the import, export, net import, and net export impact on the United States economy.

Describe how those transactions (the ones the students decide upon) would affect US exports, imports, and net exports. With your peers discuss the importance of international trade.

Please use a presentation format complete with an introduction to global trade, good paragraph structure, and footnotes. Do not list bullet points. 

*DB7.1: Computer Security (CRJ104 Introduction to Security)

What significance does the term ‘password’ have in the area of computer security? What makes a password strong or weak?

*DB7.2: Cargo Theft (CRJ104 Introduction to Security)

Why is it said that the greater burden in preventing cargo thefts falls on private security rather than on public law enforcement?

*Unit 7 DB #1: Social Responsibility in Your Work, School, or Organizational Affiliate (BUS211 Baldrige Principles & Introduction to Quality Standards)

Are diverse companies really more innovative?

In response to what your peers have posted, comment on at least two of your peers’ postings. In your comments acknowledge what form of social responsibility the work, school, or organizational affiliate engaged in and why you thought it was a worthwhile practice.

*Unit 7 DB: International Trade (ECO201 Macroeconomics)

Choose two transactions that show international transactions with the import, export, net import, and net export impact on the United States economy.

Describe how those transactions (the ones the students decide upon) would affect US exports, imports, and net exports. With your peers discuss the importance of international trade.

Please use a presentation format complete with an introduction to global trade, good paragraph structure, and footnotes. Do not list bullet points. 

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