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Beecher Carlson Names Newell as Managing Director in California

Beecher Carlson Insurance Services LLC is expanding its West Coast operations with the appointment of Keith Newell as its managing director. Newell will be primarily based in the firm’s Woodland Hills, Calif. office. Newell’s focus is on new business strategies …

California Surplus Lines Association Elects Ciardello Chairman of the Board

The members of the Surplus Line Association of California have elected Tom Ciardello, senior executive vice president of Worldwide Facilities LLC, as the chair of the SLA board of directors. Ciardello’s election was finalized after the SLA tallied the final …

China Regulator Puts Brakes on Insurers’ 3-Year, $100-Billion Buying Spree

A regulatory clampdown on speculation by insurers and new limits on outbound capital flows are causing one of China’s most acquisitive industries to hit the brakes. Chinese insurers, after announcing almost $100 billion of deals over the past three years, …

EU Solvency II Rules Need ‘Tweaks,’ Not Overhaul: Bank of England

EU capital rules for insurers need some tweaks but are not a deterrent to investment in infrastructure as some insurers’ claim, the Bank of England said on Wednesday. Officials from Aviva and Legal & General, two of Britain’s biggest insurers …

Miss Kentucky USA Runner-Up Pleads Not Guilty to Arson Charge

Miss Kentucky USA runner-up has pleaded not guilty to an arson charge, accused of setting her roommate’s bed on fire at an apartment complex near the University of Louisville. WAVE-TV reports 22-year-old Christen McAllister appeared before a judge on Tuesday …

Study Warns on Cumulative Effect of ‘Drip, Drip, Drip’ of Nuisance Flooding

Climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. According to researchers at the University of California, …

Federal Appeals Court Rules Florida Doctors Can Ask Patients About Guns

A federal appeals court has ruled that Florida doctors can talk to patients about gun safety, declaring a law aimed at restricting such discussions a violation of the First Amendment’s right to free speech. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of …

Orchid Underwriters Rolls Out Admitted Homeowners Products in Alabama

Orchid Underwriters Agency, LLC, a specialty underwriter of excess & surplus insurance focusing on coastal properties, has launched admitted residential homeowners’ products through a new partnership with Spinnaker Insurance Co., a national property and casualty insurer. Orchid will roll out …

Reality Star Sues Alaska-Based Reality Show over Safety Claims

A star of the Alaska-based reality series “Life Below Zero” is suing the show’s producers, alleging she was hurt while forced to perform dangerous acts in support of false story lines. The lawsuit against BBC Worldwide Reality Productions and others …

The Path to Let Rideshare Companies into Alaska Not So Smooth

The drive to allow rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Alaska has hit speed bumps. The bill, from Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, faces opposition from taxi companies worried the entrance of rideshare groups will drive down wages …

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