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Michigan Says Man Was Selling Fake Auto Insurance in Parking Lot
Stephanie K. Jones - July 22, 2016, 11:13 pm
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has told a man who the department says has been selling fake auto insurance in a parking lot after hours to stop. The DIFS issued a Cease and Desist Order against Lovell …
Florida-Based Homeowners Choice Secures Nearly $1B in Reinsurance for 2016-2017
Amy O' Connor - July 22, 2016, 4:58 pm
Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., a Florida-based provider of homeowners insurance, has completed its reinsurance program for the 2016-17 reinsurance year, which runs from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017, according to recently disclosed reports filed …
Cattle Feeders Association Earns $716K Safety Dividend from Texas Mutual
Stephanie K. Jones - July 22, 2016, 4:54 pm
Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has awarded a dividend of $176,118 to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association workers’ compensation safety group. The dividend was earned based on the group members’ dedication to making safety a priority in their businesses and therefore …
Texas Air Liquide Plant Cited for Workplace Safety Violations
Stephanie K. Jones - July 22, 2016, 4:51 pm
Federal safety officials have cited Air Liquide Large Industries US LP for workplace health and safety violations at the company’s plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration assessed penalties totaling $77,000. The agency cited …
Alabama Releases Insurance Guide for Coastal Residents
Amy O' Connor - July 22, 2016, 4:50 pm
The Alabama Center for Insurance Information & Research (ACIIR) in partnership with Smart Home America and the Coastal Alabama Partnership has released its new Alabama Coastal Insurance Shopper’s Guide to help homeowners on the Gulf Coast prepare for weather-related disasters. …
Medical Malpractice Settlements Reached Against Michigan Cancer Doctor
Stephanie K. Jones - July 22, 2016, 4:40 pm
Patients who filed medical malpractice claims against Detroit-area oncologist Farid Fata and three Michigan hospitals will receive settlements totaling $8 million. The settlements were approved July 20 in Oakland County Circuit Court. They will be distributed by an arbitrator later …
The Woodlands, Texas-Based TWFG Announces Expansions
Stephanie K. Jones - July 22, 2016, 4:38 pm
Insurance organization, TWFG, headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, announced it is expanding both locally and nationally. The company has opened 18 branches in 2016 and another three are expected to launch in August. TWFG now operates with 334 branches in 17 states. TWFG-managed …
Brightway, The Lambert Family Agency Opens in Michigan
Stephanie K. Jones - July 22, 2016, 4:29 pm
Muskegon, Mich., locals Kelly Ufnal and her brother, Bryan Lambert, have opened an insurance agency in the town they grew up in — Brightway, The Lambert Family Agency. Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of …
South Dakota High Court: Insurer Must Pay for Storm-Drowned Cattle
Stephanie K. Jones - July 22, 2016, 4:27 pm
The South Dakota Supreme Court says a Quinn family should collect insurance for cattle that drowned during the autumn 2013 blizzard that devastated western South Dakota ranchers. The high court in an opinion released July 21 ruled that Richard and …
Philadelphia, UCPM to Offer Storage Tank Pollution Coverage
Amy O' Connor - July 22, 2016, 4:26 pm
Philadelphia Insurance Companies has partnered with UCPM, Inc., an environmental insurance provider, to offer storage tank pollution liability coverage. The new Storage Tank Environmental Policy (STEP) protects policyholders from claims for bodily injury, property damage, and remediation expenses associated with …
EPIC Adds Ogilvie as Business Development Manager in Houston
Stephanie K. Jones - July 22, 2016, 4:26 pm
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants (EPIC), a retail property/casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has added Will Ogilvie in the firm’s southwest regional office. He will be based in Houston and report to Brett Haugh, managing principal, Southwest Region. …
Towergate London Market Appoints Pearce to Lead Growth Strategy
L.S. Howard - July 22, 2016, 3:05 pm
Towergate Insurance announced the appointment of Neil Pearce as managing director of Towergate London Market.* Pearce will join Towergate on Sept. 5, 2016 and report directly to group Chief Executive Officer David Ross. Pearce joins Towergate from RKH Specialty where …
Chubb Launches Biogas & Solar (Cleantech) Insurance Solution in UK & Ireland
L.S. Howard - July 22, 2016, 2:46 pm
Chubb has launched a new insurance proposition for biogas and solar plants, projects or facilities, in the UK and Ireland as it continues to expand its cleantech offering. Biogas and solar are playing an increasing role in the UK’s energy …
Unchained Love: Maine Lovers Lose Paris-Like Fence to Public Safety
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 2:31 pm
A landmark in Maine where thousands of people have pledged their everlasting love to another with padlocks has been deemed a public safety risk and will be removed. The Portland Press Herald reported that the city’s 30-foot-long Love Locks fence …
Utah Law Enables Authorities to Crash Drones at Wildfires
- July 22, 2016, 2:17 pm
Utah’s governor has signed into law a measure that makes the state the first to let authorities jam drone signals and crash the devices specifically for flying too close to wildfires. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s office announced this week that he …
Trial Underway in Brown University Case Over Student Suspension for Alleged Sexual Assault
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 2:16 pm
Trial began Tuesday in a lawsuit brought against Brown University by a student who was suspended after a sexual encounter that he says was consensual but that a fellow student reported as an assault. U.S. District Judge William Smith said …
Utah ups Mosquito Monitoring Efforts in Wake of Zika Cases
Don Jergler - July 22, 2016, 2:12 pm
Mosquito abatement teams in Salt Lake City are stepping up efforts to trap and test mosquitoes and kill larvae following the discovery of a unique Zika case that has health investigators trying to figure how the man got the virus. …
Washington AG Asks Court to Order Immediate Worker Protections at Hanford
- July 22, 2016, 2:07 pm
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked a federal court to immediately order the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, to implement enhanced safety and vapor monitoring measures in the aftermath of more than 50 …
Providence to Pay $210K to Settle Police Brutality Clam
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 2:01 pm
The city of Providence, Rhode Island has agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a police brutality lawsuit filed by a Central Falls man who was beaten in 2009 while in handcuffs and left in a coma. WPRI-TV reported that the …
Most Litigation Over Corzine’s Failed MF Global Settled with $132M Deal
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 1:44 pm
Jon Corzine has settled a lawsuit by the trustee for the former New Jersey governor’s company MF Global Holdings Ltd, as part of a $132 million accord to end much of the remaining litigation over the brokerage’s 2011 collapse. Lawyers …
Pen Canada Launches E-Traded D&O Platform in Response to Broker Demand
L.S. Howard - July 22, 2016, 1:01 pm
Pen Underwriting Canada has launched a purpose-built, e-trading platform for directors and officers insurance, in response to broker demand for a quick-quote, competitive D&O solution. The platform is simple, straightforward and responsive – able to quote and issue a policy …
Cyber Attacks on Financial Firms Up; Ransomware Attacks Way Up: Beazley
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 1:00 pm
Financial institutions including small banks and credit unions faced a huge spike in the number of hacking and malware attacks during the first six months of 2016, specialty insurer Beazley found in a new report. The level of hacks in …
Gas Company to Test Other Pipelines Near Blast in Western Pennsylvania
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 12:38 pm
A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. …
Ex-NFL Player Nakamura Sues Lloyd’s for Denying Concussion Claim
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 12:32 pm
A former NFL player who suffered what the league deemed a career-ending concussion has sued Lloyd’s of London for denying a $1 million insurance policy for professional athletes. The lawsuit filed this week in North Carolina could become a test …
Best Revises Lloyd’s Outlook to Stable from Positive on Difficult Business Conditions
L.S. Howard - July 22, 2016, 11:38 am
A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to stable from positive of Lloyd’s and Lloyd’s Insurance Co. (China) Ltd., while at the same time affirming their financial strength rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a+”. In …
Wal-Mart Says Move to Label, Reduce Unhealthy Chemicals Affects 700 Manufacturers
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 10:32 am
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking suppliers to remove formaldehyde, triclosan and six other substances from their products, part of an effort to eliminate controversial chemicals from household goods. The chemicals on the list include “certain properties that can affect human health …
JPMorgan Must Face Discrimination Claim by Arab-American Family Business
Andrew G. Simpson - July 22, 2016, 10:30 am
An Arab-American family whose business and personal bank accounts were closed in 2014 without explanation can sue JPMorgan Chase for racial discrimination, a federal judge in Detroit has ruled. Filed in February, the lawsuit by Najah Manni, his wife Kathy …
Brit Invests in South Africa’s Camargue Underwriting Managers
L.S. Howard - July 22, 2016, 9:48 am
Brit Ltd., the global specialty insurer and reinsurer, announced it has made a significant strategic investment in Camargue Underwriting Managers, one of South Africa’s leading providers of specialized insurance products. Financial details of the transactions were not disclosed. “The investment …
Beazley to Get EU Licenses for Irish Reinsurance Business – After Brexit Vote
L.S. Howard - July 22, 2016, 9:09 am
Lloyd’s of London’s Beazley Plc is working to get European insurance licenses for its Irish reinsurance business to allow it to operate throughout the European Union, even if Lloyd’s loses access to the bloc. Insurers are making contingency plans after Britain’s …
Uptick in Lawyers’ Liability Claims; Business Transactions Top Claim: Study
- July 22, 2016, 9:00 am
Law firms have seen an increase in the frequency of malpractice claims, which are becoming more costly to defend and could cause lasting reputational damage, according to a new study by insurance broker Ames & Gough. The study found that …
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