Welcome to the most popular and longest running insurance column on the internet. In its various forms, Lying In The Actuaria Gutters has covered rumors and gossip in the insurance industry for twelve long glorious and quite scary years.
All stories are sourced from well-connected individuals. But I urge you to use your judgment and remember, context is everything.
The traffic lights are an indication (and only that) of how reliable I believe the story to be, based on source, context and gut feel. Red lets you know I think this rumor is bunk, but it is still being spread by the community. Amber indicates I think there is a heavy bias involved here, or it just seems a little fishy. And Green as far as I can tell (as far as I can ever tell) is the real deal, junior.
Nevertheless, do remember, Lying In The Actuarial Gutters is for your entertainment. Neither Fair Nor Balanced. Please don’t shoot the messenger.
NO ONE’S IN THE DC WHEELHOUSE
Cathy Donaghue, a customer care representative from Delta Consolidated’s Poughkeepsie branch was recently found using the office copier for her child’s school project, a clear violation of the employee handbook’s Workplace Equipment section. She was let off with a slap of the wrist by Marketing VP Dan Fahey, who you may remember recently admitted that he used the company-provided Lexus to go leaf-peeping in New Hampshire last month. What’s going on in Poughkeepsie? Is no one minding the store? With Delta Consolidated reducing site staff and outsourcing email customer care to India, now is not the time to make waves.
STEP ASIDE, DANIEL CRAIG
One of the bits of news I got from the Northeastern Insurance And Actuarial Management Seminar Series was that fans would soon see more adventures of Esurance.com’s popular Erin Esurance. Not content with having her regularly appear in ad spots during prime time television, Esurance has decided to create another short film in the style of their popular Carbon Copy project from a couple of years ago. No details yet on what sort of adventures Erin might find herself in this time. Could she be re-teamed with Space Ghost in another cult classic adventure?
WHO NEEDS PROPOSITION 8 TO MAKE THE GAYS DISAPPEAR?
Look for redesigned term life investment marketing materials coming from Anderson & Campbell in the near future. Why are they scrapping the previous, $25,000 print campaign that included folder, custom letterhead, brochures, and an envelope? Apparently, Anderson & Campbell CEO Marcus Waton didn’t like the image of a female couple that was included in the banner that appeared prominently in each component of the campaign. Speculation from those inside the A&C camp indicates this stems from Walton’s estranged daughter, who has been in a happy, committed relationship with another woman since 1997.
WHO IS THE DC INSIDER?
Since the blog that was originally up at http://www.dc-insider.blogspot.com has moved twice and has not reappeared again, suspicion rests on the recently-terminated senior claims analyst Raymond Costa. Costa was the only person to have been in the room during certain key meetings that were reported on the blog, including one in which Senior VP Maureen Rosenberg stated that they were going to “put Allstate’s nuts in a vise until they get some butter.” Other incidents of sexual harassment, misbehavior in the office, and abuse of company resources – see the story LITAG broke concerning the copier in the Poughkeepsie office – that were reported have been established to have occurred while Costa was on-site. Costa did not respond when emailed about the blog and the allegations made by the actuarial community.
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