Articles by Amy O'Connor

O'Connor is the Southeast editor for Insurance Journal and associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com.

Q&A With Florida Commissioner Altmaier, an Agent Turned Regulator

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is just about to complete his first full year in the position since taking over for Kevin McCarty last May, and there hasn’t been a dull moment since he took the post. Altmaier, 35, is …

North Carolina Regulator Calls 13.8% Auto Rate Hike Unwarranted

The North Carolina Rate Bureau’s request for an auto rate hike of 13.8 percent is not justified based on the data submitted, according to a statement from the North Carolina Department of Insurance. The decision, made by Commissioner Mike Causey …

Florida Workers’ Comp Reform Battle Far From Over

Several bills addressing changes to Florida’s workers’ compensation system were filed this legislative session in response to court decisions from the state’s high court in 2016, but it remains to be seen which, if any, will make it through. So …

47 Residents at Florida Apartment Complex Displaced by Fire

Officials say 47 people have been displaced after a fire at a southwest Florida apartment complex left one building uninhabitable. The Naples Daily News reports that North Collier Fire Rescue crews responded to Bear Creek Apartments on Monday. They found …

Smart Choice Has Record Start in 2017, Forecasts Continued Growth

Smart Choice added more than 100 new agency partners and more than 20 percent growth in gross commission in the first month of the year, its fastest start to a year ever, the company said in a statement. Smart Choice …

Florida Senator Alleges ‘Smear Campaign’ After Industry-Backed AOB Bill Stalls

A bill backed by the insurance industry to curb the abuse of Florida’s one-way attorney fee statute in assignment of benefit claims has stalled as lawmakers opted to instead advance what the insurance industry and the state’s regulator feel is …

Florida Property Insurers Avoid Ratings Downgrades From Demotech, For Now

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 about the effects of assignment of benefits abuse and state court rulings by boosting their …

Citizens Seeks Florida Agents’ Help Fighting Water Claims Abuse

As the Florida property market fights what has so far been a losing battle against attorneys and unlicensed contractor firms over water loss claims and assignment of benefits (AOB), Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s property insurer of last resort, has …

1347 Property Insurance Holdings to Expand Into Florida Homeowners Market

Specialty property and casualty insurance holding company 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc., (PIH), which currently offers insurance to individual and commercial customers in Louisiana and Texas through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Maison Insurance Co., has announced plans to write business in …

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 …