Home

WE CAN’T READ MINDS…
But we do have exceptional
Coverage Expertise >
Today’s Insurance News
Source: Insurance Journal
U.S Now Probing 12 Million Air Bags for Possible Deadly Electrical Flaw
Ryan Beene - April 23, 2019, 2:59 pm
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a possible deadly flaw in some 12.3 million vehicles that could prevent air bags from deploying in a crash. The agency is examining air-bag control units supplied by parts maker ZF-TRW …
Axon Underwriting Forms Axon Re to Offer Cargo, Stock Throughput Reinsurance in Latin America
- April 23, 2019, 2:49 pm
Axon Underwriting Services LLC, the Somerville, N.J. based specialty lines program administrator, announced the formation of Axon Re to offer its cargo and stock throughput reinsurance program within the Latin American region. Axon Re will provide facultative and treaty reinsurance …
Texas Company to Pay $85K to Settle Age Discrimination Suit
- April 23, 2019, 2:29 pm
Federal officials say a Fort Worth, Texas-based company will pay $85,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit. The suit against Atlas Energy Group LLC was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Under the settlement, Atlas Energy also …
Oregon Crash Kills Uber Passenger
- April 23, 2019, 2:28 pm
Portland, Ore. police say a man driving a stolen pickup truck 100 mph crashed into a sport-utility vehicle, killing an Uber passenger. Police believe the pickup truck driver was under the influence of intoxicants when he collided head-on with the …
Crocker Joins Alliant Insurance Services as VP in Austin
- April 23, 2019, 2:27 pm
has joined Alliant Insurance Services has added Billy Crocker as vice president in its Austin office. Crocker joins Alliant with an extensive track record of results in the property/casualty insurance arena. He is highly regarded by clients for his ability …
Weinstein’s Companies, Directors, Officers Off the Hook for Sexual Misconduct Claims
Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg - April 23, 2019, 1:55 pm
Harvey Weinstein’s former companies and their officers and directors were dismissed from a federal lawsuit filed by 10 women, who claim the firms and executives aided the alleged sexual misconduct that led to the movie mogul’s ouster. The women — …
Municipalities Try to Reassure Investors on Climate Risks in Bond Offerings
Danielle Moran - April 23, 2019, 1:35 pm
When Miami Beach borrowed $162 million from Wall Street this week, it wanted investors to know rising seas and extreme weather are a real risk to the city and that it’s doing something about it. An increasing number of states …
World Insurance Associates Acquires Connecticut’s Lampe-Batkin Associates
- April 23, 2019, 1:21 pm
World Insurance Associates LLC, an independent insurance agency headquartered in Tinton Falls, N.J., completed its 40th acquisition with Lampe-Batkin Associates LLC of Greenwich, Conn., on April 1, 2019. Lampe-Batkin Associates LLC is a family-run insurance agency that serves the communities …
Home Improvement Contractor in Maine Charged with Manslaughter
- April 23, 2019, 1:19 pm
The owner of a home improvement company charged with manslaughter following the death of a worker is set for a court hearing. The Portland Press Herald reports the arraignment of Saco-based contractor, Shawn D. Purvis, is scheduled for May 20 …
Cops Draw Blood to Catch Impaired Drivers
Jenni Bergal, Stateline - April 23, 2019, 1:09 pm
It was about 6:30 on a Friday night in January when Phoenix Police Det. Kemp Layden pulled over a white Jeep Cherokee that was speeding and weaving in and out of its lane. The 47-year-old driver spoke slowly, his eyes …
Marsh, Guy Carpenter and JLT to Merge Latin America Facultative Reinsurance Units
- April 23, 2019, 12:43 pm
Marsh and Guy Carpenter, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Marsh & McLennan Cos. (MMC), announced that, subject to regulatory approvals, they would combine their Latin American facultative reinsurance operations with those of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group (JLT), which was acquired …
Commuter Train Hits Truck in Massachusetts, Injuring Three
- April 23, 2019, 12:31 pm
Officials in Bridgewater, Mass., say a pickup truck with three people inside was hit by a commuter rail train after the truck driver apparently went around a railroad crossing gate. The Boston Globe reports the accident happened Saturday morning in …
Liberty Specialty Markets Promotes Silvestre to Deputy Manager for France
- April 23, 2019, 11:05 am
Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has promoted Emmanuel Silvestre to deputy general manager of its French operation. He reports to Richard Deguettes, general manager for France. Based in Paris, Silvestre will retain his position as …
Powerful Earthquake Strikes Philippines, Causing Deaths and Damage
Ditas Lopez and Andreo Calonzo - April 23, 2019, 8:43 am
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines on Tuesday, hitting the central region hours after at least 15 people were killed by a tremor in the main Luzon island. Fourteen of the dead were from Pampanga province, among the hardest hit …
Notre Dame Fire Should Be Wake-Up Call for State of Other European Monuments
Raf Casert - April 23, 2019, 8:30 am
It’s a thin line where the patina of age on Europe’s countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it’s not. In the wake of …
Brown & Riding Adds Katz in Colorado to Environmental Practice Group
- April 23, 2019, 5:00 am
Brown & Riding’s environmental practice group has added Tricia Katz to its team of environmental-focused insurance brokers. Katz works out of Denver, Colo. She specializes in assisting contracting risks with the placement of environmental products as well as stand-alone contractors …
J&J Asks Federal Court to Assume Baby Powder Lawsuits from State Courts
Margaret Cronin Fisk, Jef Feeley and Steven Church - April 23, 2019, 5:00 am
Johnson & Johnson wants a federal judge to take over more than 2,000 baby-powder lawsuits it faces instead of allowing the cases to be heard by state-court juries, where the company has a mixed record. The world’s largest maker of …
AAIS Gets Insurance Department Approval for CannaBOP in Colorado
- April 23, 2019, 5:00 am
The American Association of Insurance Services has received approval for its cannabis businessowners policy (CannaBOP) program from the Colorado Department of Insurance. AAIS announced it filed for approval of the program in Colorado earlier this month. AAIS first introduced CannaBOP …
Student Sues Apple for $1 Billion, Blames Face-Recognition Tech for False Arrest
Andrew G. Simpson - April 23, 2019, 5:00 am
Apple is being sued for $1 billion in damages by an 18-year-old college student who blames the company’s facial recognition software for his false arrest and for wrongly tying him to thefts at Apple stores in several states. The plaintiff …
Florida Contractor Accused of $40K AOB Insurance Fraud Scheme
- April 23, 2019, 4:49 am
A restoration contracting company owner was arrested this month in Florida for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 from consumers who assigned their insurance benefits to him through assignment of benefits (AOB) contracts, according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy …
Strong Storms Cause Tornadoes, Deaths Across Southeast
- April 23, 2019, 4:39 am
Strong storms roared across the Southeast last week, killing at least two in Mississippi and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. A girl was also killed in Florida …
North Dakota ‘Marsy’s Law’ Case Questions Whether Insurer Is a ‘Victim’
- April 23, 2019, 2:40 am
The North Dakota Supreme Court could soon clarify who is considered a victim under Marsy’s Law, which embedded victim’s rights into the state constitution. The high court is expected to rule in the upcoming months in a case that uses …
North Dakota Governor Signs Health Reinsurance Bill
- April 23, 2019, 2:39 am
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that allows for establishing a reinsurance pool for the individual health insurance market in that state. House Bill 1106, backed by the North Dakota Department of Insurance, was passed unanimously by …
California Workers’ Comp Medical Dispute Resolution Letters Rose Last Year, Study Shows
- April 22, 2019, 9:22 pm
After dipping for the first time ever in 2017, the number of workers’ comp medical dispute decision letters rose to an all-time high in 2018, according to a California Workers’ Compensation Institute study on the Independent Medical Review process used …
Tokio Marine’s ProAg to Acquire AmTrust Financial’s Crop Insurance MGA
- April 22, 2019, 9:10 pm
Producers Ag Insurance Group Inc. has agreed to acquire Leawood, Kan.-based managing general agent AmTrust Agriculture Insurance Services. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by May 1. Terms were not disclosed. AmTrust Ag, a …
Brown & Brown Acquires Assets of ALMEA Insurance in Washington
- April 22, 2019, 5:16 pm
Brown & Brown of Oregon LLC has acquired substantially all of the assets of ALMEA Insurance’s Vancouver, Wash. location. Following the deal, the ALMEA Insurance team will continue doing business from its existing Vancouver location as a branch location of …
Murder of South Carolina College Student Prompts Uber Safety Changes
- April 22, 2019, 4:59 pm
Uber Technologies Inc. said it was rolling out new safety features to help riders avoid fake rideshare drivers, two weeks after the murder of a college student who got into her killer’s car mistakenly believing it was her ride. The …
NOAA Upgrades Hurricane Michael to Category 5
Freida Frisaro and David Fischer - April 22, 2019, 4:58 pm
Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992. The announcement by the …
Study Shows Wisconsin’s Workforce Population Threatened by Migration
- April 22, 2019, 3:17 pm
Wisconsin has seen a steep decline in net migration of families with children and this could be problematic for efforts to replace the state’s aging workforce, according to a new report. The Wisconsin Counties Association’s nonpartisan research arm, Forward Analytics, …
Montana Passes Workers’ Compensation Law for Firefighters
- April 22, 2019, 3:09 pm
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill to make it easier for firefighters to receive workers’ compensation for cancer and other occupational diseases. The bill signing ends a 20-year fight for firefighters’ workers’ compensation claims to be presumed valid …

The Amynta Group Announces Acquisition of ClearView Risk Holdings.

Southwest Risk continues to actively recruit seasoned insurance professionals to join our winning team!

Meet Steven Ateek – Vice President at Southwest Risk specializing in Construction, Energy, Products and Habitational.

image006