Sep 14 2014

Insurance Coverage Accelerator Names Interim Handling Director

An approaching insurance accelerator has actually named among Iowas most-active startup supporters as its managing director for the rest of the year.

Tej Dhawan, a business owner who was one-half of the management group at the startup incubator StartupCity Des Moines, will certainly hold the position until the end of the year.

Tej brings a special point of view to the accelerator based on his own entrepreneurial experiences, said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa in a release. We are fortunate to have a local resource such as Tej to start this essential foundational work as we prepare for the 2015 launch.

Sep 14 2014

Lyft Hearing Concentrates On Insurance Problems

The second day of testament in Lyfts hearing before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissions administrative law judges dealt generally with insurance coverage concerns, and how guests would be protected in the occasion of a mishap.

But at one point, Judge Mary Long closed the courtroom so that Lyfts director of public policy, Joseph Okpaku, can respond to questions about the variety of trips Lyft provided while it was under a cease-and-desist order. Like Ubers lawyer performed in its hearing last month, Lyft lawyer Adeolu Bakare declared such info was proprietary and releasing it could put it at a competitive drawback.

Like Ubers action at its hearing, Lyfts action Wednesday seems to be in direct problem with a court order needing the company to reveal the information, which was released by the management law judges July 31.

At one point, Mr. Bakare lookinged to have info about Lyfts insuranceinsurance coverage terms and conditions protected also, however Judge Long informed him not providing info about the policy would practically certainly result in dismissal of your application.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazettes lawyer, Frederick Frank, attempted to protest the judges decision to close the courtroom throughout the testament about the trips, however Judge Long decreased to hear Mr. Frank, saying he was not a party to the proceedings.

PUC spokesperson Jennifer Kocher discussed after the hearing that the judges ruled to make that part of the hearing private in order to get the details and enable the hearing to move forward, not because of whether the information was genuinely proprietary. Judge Long stated she would issue a judgment on the safeguarded info.

Lyft and its competing ride-sharing company Uber moved into the Pittsburgh location earlier this year and have actually tangled with the PUC given that. Neither company had the appropriate licenses to run in Allegheny County as an alternative to taxicabs, which led to proposed everyday fines of $1,000 and cease-and-desist orders versus the business.

Both are now operating under temporary authority in Allegheny County. The ride-sharing companies connect drivers in their own vehicles with travelers by means of smartphone apps, which has actually caused questions about insurance protection.

Mr. Okpaku described in Wednesdays hearing that Lyfts insurance works as excess to a drivers individual policy, and would act as the main policy if the drivers personal insurance denied a claim.

There are 3 durations during which Lyft considers its insuranceinsurance coverage active: when a motorist has the app open however does not have a traveler, when the driver is en route to select up a passenger, and throughout the ride itself.

Samuel Marshall, with the Pennsylvania Insurance Federation trade organization, questioned Mr. Okpaku at length about the details of Lyfts policy, and asked how the company confirms its drivers have insurance protection.

Mr. Okpaku stated Lyft requests for proof of insurance in the form of the insurance card provided to motorists. It does not more confirm the policy, he affirmed.

Mr. Bakare introduced numerous dozen comments from Pennsylvania citizens that he said showed a need for Lyfts service in Allegheny County and statewide.

He lookinged to consist of remarks from online paper postsnews article too, but Judge Long stated the news credibility and identities of the information short articles commenters were not verified.

The hearing was arranged to continue next Wednesday.

Kim Lyons: klyons@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1241 or on Twitter @ socialKimly.