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Allianz to Assume Fireman’s Fund Commercial Lines; Future of Personal Lines Uncertain

German insurance giant Allianz said it will absorb the commercial lines business of its U.S. subsidiary Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. into one of its own global divisions. Meanwhile, after days of declining to comment, Allianz has acknowledged it is considering …

Metro-North Train Crash Settlements Reached in Connecticut

Four of 28 people who sued the Metro-North Railroad in federal court after being injured in a train crash in Connecticut last year have settled with the commuter railroad, lawyers involved in the case said Monday. Terms of the deals …

FNA Insurance Services Appoints Quirk as AVP in New York

FNA Insurance Services in New Hyde Park, New York, has hired Stephen J. Quirk as assistant vice president of executive benefits, responsible for overseeing the growth of individual life, disability and long term care products and services for FNA’s network …

$3M Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme in Texas Leads to Prison Time

Two Bryan, Texas, men have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme that authorities say defrauded insurance companies of more than $3 million. Earlie Dickerson, a former office manager, was sentenced in Houston federal court to 14 years in …

ICW Group Names McAdam Western Regional Director

San Diego, Calif.-based ICW Group has added Stacey McAdam to a director-level position on its workers’ compensation executive team. McAdam will oversee business development, underwriting and agent outreach initiatives for ICW Group’s western states. McAdam will play a role in …

AIG’s Regional Casualty Exec Thomas Joins Victor O. Schinnerer in Maryland

Underwriting manager Victor O. Schinnerer & Company Inc. in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has hired Scott P. Thomas as senior vice president and senior underwriting manager leading the firm’s property/casualty segment of its Architects & Engineers program and the International P/C …

Drivers in California Must Give Bikes 3-Foot Buffer

Californians will now need to take extra care to steer clear of cyclists. Under statewide regulations taking effect Tuesday, drivers must give bikes a buffer zone of at least 3 feet while passing. Cited violators will face a fine of …

California Fire’s Rapid Growth Draws Droves of Firefighters

Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the …

West Virginia Spill Lawsuit Scheduled for Next September

A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won’t get a hearing for another year. The consolidated lawsuit that targets West Virginia American Water, Eastman Chemical, Yeager Airport and others has a …

NFP in California Names Ennis Vice President

San Jose, Calif.-based NFP National Financial Partners Corp. has announced that Robert Ennis has joined the firm as vice president of employee benefits. Ennis has extensive benefits knowledge and leadership experience. He previously held vice president and senior management positions …

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