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Florida CFO: Consumer Helpline Recovered $16.6M During First Half of 2017

Assistance provided by insurance experts working Florida’s Insurance Consumer Helpline led to the recovery of more than $16.6 million during the first half of 2017, according to a statement by Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Helpline experts answered more than …

AmWINS Launches Site Pollution Liability Program for Small Auto Servicing Firms

AmWINS Program Underwriters has launched a new stand-alone site pollution liability program to offer a streamlined alternative for small auto servicing entities to obtain site pollution liability coverage. The program, known as Dealer Pollution Advantage, is available nationally and is …

School Bus Cameras Can Implicate Speeding Drivers Under New N.C. Law

North Carolina motorists could be fined at least $400 if they pass a stopped school bus, according to a new law now in effect. Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday signed into law legislation that he suggested while still attorney general. …

U.S. Risk Acquires Strategic Insurance Underwriters of Florida

U.S. Risk Insurance Group, LLC, a property and casualty wholesaler, has acquired Strategic Insurance Underwriters, a specialist trucking MGA and broker headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. Strategic Insurance Underwriters has a 34-year history of offering tailored insurance products to the trucking …

Portion of Hospital Parking Garage in West Virginia Collapses; Injures 3 Workers

A hospital spokesman says three construction workers have been injured when a small section of a hospital parking garage collapsed in West Virginia. Charleston Area Medical Center spokesman Dale Witte says crews were pouring concrete when part of a floor …

1 Dead, Several Hurt in Ride Malfunction at Ohio State Fair

At least one person was killed and several others injured when a ride malfunctioned on opening day of the Ohio State Fair, fire officials said. Some of the victims were thrown from the Fire Ball ride when it malfunctioned Wednesday …

Independent Insurance Agents of Texas Names New Board Members, Top Young Agent

The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) elected William Page of Wortham Insurance in Austin; Brad Hempkins of Hempkins Insurance in Allen; and Nathan Sawyer of Sawyer & Associates in Monahans to its board of directors during the association’s recent …

ONI Risk Partners Acquires Green Owens Insurance in Indiana

ONI Risk Partners (ONI), headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., is acquiring Franklin, Ind.-based Green Owens Insurance (Green Owens). In business since 1979, the Green Owens team joins ONI’s 300-plus insurance professionals serving business and individual clients throughout Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. …

Wisconsin’s United Heartland Names 3 Top Territory Agencies

New Berlin, Wis.-based workers’ compensation insurance company, United Heartland, has announced its top territory insurance agencies for 2016. United Heartland’s three 2016 Agency of the Territory winners: TIS Insurance Services Inc. – Knoxville, Tenn.; MJ Insurance Inc. – Indianapolis, Ind.; …

Chicago’s OPTIS Partners: Insurance Agency Mergers, Acquisitions Still Going Strong

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) among North American insurance agencies continued at a strong pace during the second quarter of 2017, with 135 reported transactions in the second three months of 2017, Chicago-based OPTIS Partners reports. There were 185 deals in …

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