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17 Million U.S. Homes Worth $4.9 Trillion Are in Environmental Hazard Zones

Millions of homes and condominiums across the country are in high danger zones for environmental hazards. According to the Environmental Hazards Housing Risk Index, produced by ATTOM Data Solutions, 17.3 million single family homes and condos with a combined estimated …

California DIR Suspends 7 Workers’ Comp Medical Providers for Fraud

California’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended seven medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system. The providers were convicted of workers’ comp fraud or have been suspended from the Medicare or …

California Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Allow Later Last Call Times

Closing times at bars in California could go later if proposed legislation there gets passed. The bill proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, would let municipalities set their own last call times. The Los …

Texas Mutual Insurance, VFIS of Texas, Distribute $228K in Grants to First Responders

Workers’ compensation insurance provider, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., and VFIS of Texas have distributed $228,000 in grant money to 90 volunteer fire departments and nonprofit emergency medical service (EMS) organizations across the state of Texas. VFIS of Texas is the …

Phillips Appointed Chair of Texas House Insurance Committee

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has appointed Rep. Larry Phillips, District 62, as chair of the Texas House of Representatives Insurance Committee for the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. This position was previously held by Rep. John …

USI Insurance Services Adds 3 in Independence, Ohio, Office

USI Insurance Services (USI) has added Tammi Barker, Bridget Day and Dave Petno in the USI Independence, Ohio, office. Barker, who joins the firm as account manager, has more than 17 years of insurance experience, including 11 years focused on …

New York State Finalizes First-in-Nation Cyber Security Regulation

New York state announced a final cyber security regulation on Thursday with mandatory standards for banks and insurers to combat the ever-increasing risk of cyber attacks. The regulation, which takes effect March 1, follows a series of high-profile data breaches …

Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to $116K Insurance Fraud

A Monroe, La., woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, admitting that she filed a $116,000 insurance claim for $1,000 in assets. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says 54-year-old Lasandra Edwards filed for bankruptcy in October 2013, saying her furniture and …

Wisconsin Farmer Sentenced for Federal Crop Insurance Fraud

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Mark E. Johnson, 50, a farmer in Dresser, Wis., was sentenced on Feb. 13, 2017, in a federal crop insurance fraud case. During a plea hearing …

XS Brokers Insurance Agency Inc. Opens Second Massachusetts Office

XS Brokers Insurance Agency Inc., a Northeast wholesale and managing general agent (MGA) brokerage headquartered in Quincy, Mass., has announced the opening of a new office in Worcester, Mass. The firm now has four East Coast offices, including locations in …

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