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Chartis Expands XSEnhanced® Commercial Umbrella Program With Grocery Industry Enhancement
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NEW YORK – September 28, 2010 – Chartis today introduced XSEnhanced®: Grocers, the fourth in the XSEnhanced® suite of industry-specific commercial umbrella coverages developed by its Excess Casualty Division. XSEnhanced: Grocers addresses many of the unique exposures facing the grocery industry by offering enhancements such as:

  • An expanded definition of “insured” to include critical on-site professionals, such as security guards and investigation service providers, who create potential professional liability exposures that traditional coverage may not adequately address;
  • Coverage for bodily injury or property damage arising out of professional services performed by or on behalf of the insured, including wrongful acts performed by any employed lawyer;
  • Expanded definitions to include third-party discrimination coverage; and
  • Amended definitions ensuring that damage or injury resulting from any pesticide, herbicide or fungicide application is not subject to the pollution exclusion of the commercial umbrella policy.

“In a single, industry-specific enhancement, XSEnhanced: Grocers helps grocers and supermarkets of all sizes readily address everyday casualty exposures,” said Chris Kopser, President of Chartis’ Excess Casualty Division. “We are excited to continue offering these targeted solutions to serve the needs of our diverse clients.”

XSEnhanced: Grocers also offers insureds complimentary access to CrisisResponse® and RiskTool. CrisisResponse provides immediate claims support, professional assistance and first dollar coverage outside the umbrella limit in the event of a crisis situation. Specifically, CrisisResponse offers:

  • Up to $250,000 indemnification for crisis management costs, such as medical care, local health department coordination and psychological counseling for displaced employees;
  • Up to $50,000 indemnification for public relations expenses, allowing policyholders to access an extensive network of public relations and crisis management firms; and
  • An optional product recall enhancement that amends the definition of CrisisResponse costs to include indemnification of expenses incurred by the recall of an unsafe or contaminated product in connection with a crisis situation.

RiskTool enables policyholders to obtain ready-to-use best practice assessments, identify workplace risks to reduce employee injuries, and build and monitor risk management programs online. RiskTool features training resources designed specifically for the grocery industry, including food safety training, a health and safety resource library, and instruction on food preparation equipment maintenance.

The XSEnhanced suite currently includes XSEnhanced: Restaurants, XSEnhanced: Retail, XSEnhanced: Real Estate and XSEnhanced: Grocers. For more information about XSEnhanced, please contact your insurance broker or send an e-mail to excess.casualty@chartisinsurance.com.

About Chartis

Chartis is a world leading property-casualty and general insurance organization serving more than 70 million clients around the world. With one of the industry’s most extensive ranges of products and services, deep claims expertise and excellent financial strength, Chartis enables its commercial and personal insurance clients alike to manage virtually any risk with confidence.

Chartis is the marketing name for the worldwide property-casualty and general insurance operations of Chartis Inc. For additional information, please visit our website at http://www.chartisinsurance.com. All products are written by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of Chartis Inc. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions and is subject to actual policy language. Non-insurance products and services may be provided by independent third parties. Certain coverage may be provided by a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.

Marie Ali