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The operator of a website that allegedly streamed live, copyrighted sporting events on the Internet illegally was indicted on Oct. 22, 2011, for criminal infringement of a copyright. According to the indictment, between 2005 and Jan. 31, 2011, Bryan McCarthy, of Deer Park, Texas, operated channelsurfing. READ MORE >>

Consumers in the United States and Canada have sued Research in Motion for a days-long service outage on BlackBerry devices that rippled across the world earlier this month. The system-wide failure of the service had left tens of millions of frustrated BlackBerry users on five continents without email, instant messaging and browsing. READ MORE >>

Can you get a DUI without driving? Though it seems an oxymoron, the answer is yes. You'd be surprised how many drivers don't realize it could happen. Consider the Florida man whose roommate objected to his choice of late-night music, so he took his tunes outside to listen to in his car. READ MORE >>

U.S. insurers’ prospective after-tax return on equity for homeowners’ insurance is 4.8 percent on average, a decrease from the 6.9 percent of 2010, mainly due to subdued investment returns and higher estimates of non-coastal losses. That calculation comes from Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon Corp. READ MORE >>

The Washington, D.C., Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking is advising consumers to be mindful of con artists who lurk in the virtual shadows in online social networking sites. People should make sure they know who they are doing business with when considering investments pitched thro... READ MORE >>

CommentsThe toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society, according to a new federal research. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study calculated societal costs from binge and heavy drinking beyond what consumers pay at the bar or liquor store. READ MORE >>

The day after Hurricane Irene hit, global recovery firm ServiceMaster’s call center averaged 1,100 calls a day but despite the heavy call load, the company was able to respond in a timely fashion—always important with water damage —thanks to a new handheld device. READ MORE >>

Those who view their car as an extension of themselves have stronger aggressive driving tendencies, a new study finds. The study “Aggressive Driving: A Consumption Experience,” by a Temple University Fox School of Business professor, is thought to be the first to comprehensively examine how personality, attitude and values contribute to aggressive driving behaviors. READ MORE >>

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, a Canadian auto insurer, released last week a list of top excuses from local motorists when they were caught using handheld cellphones while driving. The insurer compiled the information with help from the local police department, which went on a month-long crackdown in September on distracted driving. READ MORE >>

The insurance industry is paying increasing attention to what people and businesses post on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Already, scouring Facebook and other social network pages of the insureds is a common practice on the claims side of the business. READ MORE >>

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