Articles by Emery P. Dalesio

North Carolina Insurers Split Over Auto Insurance Rate System

A divided auto insurance industry will try again this year to change a unique regulatory system in North Carolina, which enjoys some of the lowest rates in the country. The industry will use the argument that average costs are low …

Insurers Divided Over North Carolina Auto Insurance Rate System

A divided auto insurance industry will try again next year to change a unique regulatory system in North Carolina, which enjoys some of the lowest rates in the country. The industry will use the argument that average costs are low …

North Carolina Home Insurance Ruling Scheduled for After Election

Two weeks ahead of the election deciding whether he keeps his job, North Carolina’s insurance commissioner told companies they’ll have to prove they should be allowed to increase homeowners’ premiums by a statewide average of 17.7 percent. The move by …

North Carolina’s Ocracoke Ferries Halted, Stranding Some

North Carolina transportation officials suspended all ferry service to Ocracoke Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Saturday, leaving hundreds of residents and guests no way to reach higher ground as Hurricane Sandy threatened the coast with heavy winds and …

North Carolina Regulator Calls for Hearing, Delay on Home Insurance Rates

Two weeks ahead of an election deciding whether he keeps his job, North Carolina’s insurance commissioner told companies they’ll have to prove they should be allowed to increase homeowner’s premiums by a statewide average of 17.7 percent. The move by …

Directors Cite Insurance Questions in Ouster of North Carolina’s Duke Energy CEO

A long-time Duke Energy Corp. director who led the surprise CEO ouster at the country’s largest electric company said Friday that reasons for the move included a long-delayed update on insurance payments for a troubled Florida nuclear power plant and …

Blue Cross Fights North Carolina Claim It Blocks Competition

North Carolina’s Blue Cross plan and the national Blue Cross licensing organization asked a federal court to reject a lawsuit claiming the company’s network of insurance plans across the country are limiting competition. The lawsuit contends the practice that bars …

North Carolina Court Weighs If Municipalities Charging Fees Forfeit Immunity

At a time when businesses have taken on traditional government tasks, from running schools to space launches, North Carolina’s Supreme Court is being asked to decide what tasks a municipality can perform and still remain protected from lawsuits. The court …

North Carolina Wins Delay on Medical Loss Ratio

Federal regulators last week allowed North Carolina insurers a one-year delay in meeting a benchmark requiring that more of each health insurance premium dollar to go toward medical services and less toward overhead and bonuses. The decision by the U.S. …

North Carolina Supreme Court Weighs ‘Reasonableness’ of Hospital Bills

North Carolina’s Supreme Court heard attorneys argue Monday whether consumers should be able to take hospitals to court to justify bills that seem excessive. The high court took up the case of Robert Talford, 68, of Charlotte, who represented himself …