Articles by Amy O' Connor

O'Connor is associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com.

General Star, AmWINS Partner on New Food Delivery Insurance Program

General Star Management Company has launched a food delivery insurance program through its General Star Programs Unit. AmWINS Program Underwriters will administer the program designed for hired and non-owned auto liability risks engaged in food delivery services. The Food Delivery …

Steamin’ Hot Markets: Cyber, Sharing Economy, Active Shooter, Construction, Mergers and More

Cyber Sharing Economy, Active Shooter, Construction, Mergers and More Insurance Journal examined industries experiencing changes, challenges, expansions and growth in the past year. For 2017, experts predict the U.S. economy will continue to expand. “Job growth means higher payroll, sales, …

Florida Property Insurers Largely Avoid Downgrades, For Now: Demotech

Ratings company Demotech is holding off on issuing large-scale ratings downgrades of Florida property insurers for now, after a number of insurers heeded its warning of last month about the effects of assignment of benefits abuse and state court rulings by …

QBE Launches Privacy, Network Security Coverage for Businesses

QBE North America, an operating division of QBE Insurance Group Limited, has launched a new privacy & network security offering as part of its continued specialty insurance expansion. The new Solution for Cyber Risk product is a comprehensive product suite …

EPIC Adds Duhe to Southeast Region Benefits Practice

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has added Richard Duhe to the firm’s Southeast Employee Benefits Consulting Practice in Atlanta as a benefits consultant and director of EPIC MobileEZ. Duhe has focused for 30 years on assisting clients in a wide range of industries with …

Heat is on Florida Lawmakers to Tackle Assignment of Benefits Abuse

Florida’s insurance industry will apply significant pressure on lawmakers to pass assignments of benefit (AOB) reform in the upcoming legislative session as consumers face rate increases and a looming coverage availability crisis due to serious and costly abuse of the …

Paid Claims from Mississippi Tornado Damage Top $31M, And Growing

Insurers have paid out more than $31.6 million on 2,801 claims from tornadoes that hit Mississippi in January. The Mississippi Insurance Department reported the figures through Feb. 3. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said immediately after the storms, he expects …

Death of West Virginia Miner Under Investigation

Authorities are investigating a miner’s death in McDowell County, W. Va., at an operation owned by Gov. Jim Justice. Patrick Graham, vice president for Southern Coal Corp., says a worker at its Bishop Preparation plant near Squire died shortly before …

The Hilb Group Acquires Charlotte Insurance of North Carolina

The Hilb Group, LLC (THG) has acquired Charlotte Insurance, located in Charlotte, N.C. The transaction became effective Feb. 1, 2017. Founded in 1992, Charlotte Insurance is one of the largest locally owned property & casualty insurance providers for businesses and …

2017 Florida Insurance Legislation to Watch

The Florida insurance market has been a hotbed of controversy over the last year, and many are looking at the Florida State Legislature to alleviate some of the concerns coming from consumers, businesses and the industry itself. From insurance fraud …