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Governor Wolf Calls for Pennsylvania to Keep Fighting Fatal Overdoses

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) statistics on fatal overdoses that showed an incerease in Pennsylvania again last year are a call for the state and federal government to redouble efforts to combat the …

Texas Windstorm Insurer: Finances Sound at Start of Hurricane Season

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) says it is financially sound and ready for the 2017 hurricane season after once again securing $4.9 billion in total funding. TWIA is the insurance carrier of last resort for wind and hail policies …

Mass. Court Says Suspended Public Employee Can Receive Workers’ Comp

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an injured public employee is still eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits after being suspended from employment. The court concluded workers’ compensation benefits are not compensation as defined in the state’s employee …

Penn. Insurance Commissioner to be Nominated for New Health, Human Services Agency

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced his intention to nominate current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to serve as the inaugural secretary of the prospective unified Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Miller has served as Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner …

Research Finds New Hampshire Seacoast Roads Under Rising Sea Level Threat

Research out of the University of New Hampshire has found that some roads, as far as two miles from the shore, are facing a new hazard that currently cannot be seen by drivers – rising groundwater caused by increasing ocean …

Florida Supreme Court Rules Medical Malpractice Award Caps Unconstitutional

Caps on how much money patients injured by a doctor’s mistakes can receive were declared unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court June 8, a decision that strikes down one of former Gov. Jeb Bush’s major policy victories. The court ruled …

Brown & Brown Insurance in Florida Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Suit for $100K

Daytona Beach, Fla.-based insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown will pay $100,000 and furnish significant relief to resolve a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to statements issued by both EEOC and Brown …

$11M Verdict Against Toyota Over Fatal Crash Upheld

A federal appeals court on June 9 upheld an $11 million verdict against Toyota Motor Corp. over a fatal 2006 car crash in Minnesota, which a jury found was caused by an accelerator defect in a 1996 Camry. A three-judge …

New Tennessee Law Aims to Enhance State’s Captive Industry

Tennessee is praising captive insurance legislation signed by the governor on May 12, saying it is expected to “maintain and further enhance Tennessee’s place amongst the most attractive states to locate a captive insurance company,” according to a statement from …

Whirlpool Risk Manager Strives to Solve Problems Before They Occur

A big part of risk management is acting to prevent problems before they happen — whether it involves the health and safety of employees, outside market forces, or mergers and acquisitions, according to the risk manager for one of the …

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