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Conn. Bill Would Bar Driving With Pet on Lap

Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to make it illegal for pets to ride in a vehicle while sitting on the driver’s lap. Under a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, people found driving with a pet on their …

Lawsuit: Acupuncture Treatment Punctured California Woman’s Lung

A San Diego, Calif. woman is suing a chiropractor she claims collapsed her lung during an unlicensed acupuncture treatment. Jamie Del Fierro says she was injured about a year ago during a treatment for tension headaches at the office of …

10 Things to Know About Boats & Marinas

Recreational boating in 2013 accounted for 4,062 accidents that involved 560 deaths; 2,620 injuries; and approximately $39 million dollars of property damage. —United States Coast Guard (USCG) Compared to 2012, the number of boating accidents decreased by 10 percent in …

Conn. Urges Feds Not to Preempt States on Foreign Re Regs

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a vocal proponent of state-based insurance regulation, sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, urging them not to preempt states’ regulations in reducing collateral requirements on foreign …

Montana Licensed 34 Captive Insurance Companies in 2014

State insurance department officials report that Montana licensed 34 new captive insurance companies in 2014, bringing the state’s total number of licensed captives to 177. In addition to the 34 new captive insurance company licenses, the number of series business …

Employee Pay Up But Morale Down

Agency employees are not happy when it comes to compensation, and money isn’t the problem. Despite some reported increases in salaries and total compensation, many employees continue to be unsatisfied when it comes to overall compensation, according to Insurance Journal‘s …

ACLU Settles Suit Over R.I.’s Uninsured Drivers Database

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has settled a lawsuit with the state Division of Motor Vehicles over how it’s putting in place a database designed to identify uninsured drivers. The ACLU says the database established by a …

Palomar Specialty in California Raises $17.5M in Surplus Capital

Palomar Specialty Insurance Co. announced that it has successfully completed a $17.5 million surplus note issuance in a private placement to RenaissanceRe Ventures Ltd. and funds under management by a premier asset manager. Proceeds from the transaction will be used for general …

E&O Insights: How to Calm the E&O Waters When Insuring Marinas

As spring approaches, agencies may have some opportunities to secure commercial accounts dealing with watercraft business. These accounts, typically classified as marinas, boat yards or boat moorage, offer a multitude of services to private and commercial boat/yacht owners. Understanding the …

Winter Claims Rising in Boston, Driven by Ice Dam Damages

Since the first winter storm hit Boston at the end of January, the city has removed over 10,000 truckloads of snow after a record six feet of snowfall during a 30-day period – breaking the previous record of 58.5 inches, …

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