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Integro Adds Aviation Expertise With Dewald and Team in Utah

Integro announced it’s enhancing its aviation practice with the addition of sector specialist Leslie DeWald as managing principal. DeWald and her team of four will be based in Park City, Utah. They specialize in aviation and aerospace insurance. DeWald previously …

Los Angeles Port Sees Air Pollution Levels Dip

Officials say efforts to reduce air pollution at the Port of Los Angeles are working. Authorities said diesel particulate levels dropped 7 percent last year compared to 2012 — an 80 percent reduction since 2005. Nitrogen oxide levels also dipped …

Millions Unclaimed in Ohio Workers’ Comp Case

The law firm handling a $420 million state settlement over Ohio employers being overcharged for workers’ compensation premiums says millions of dollars weren’t claimed by the deadline. The Bricker & Eckler law firm said 35,000 claims seeking $250 million were …

New York Ruling Adds Transparency in California Workers’ Comp Market

For years, California policyholders have been battling workers’ compensation carriers over whether carriers can enforce arbitration clauses buried in unfiled side agreements and force coverage disputes to be resolved in other states such as Illinois, New York and Delaware. These …

Michigan Orders Unlicensed Auto Insurer to Shut Down

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services recently issued a cease and desist order to an unlicensed auto insurance provider, Great Lakes Michigan Insurance Company, its owner and associated businesses. The department’s order names the insurance company, Great Lakes …

Family of Driver Killed in California Bus and FedEx Crash Sues

The family of the bus driver killed with nine others in a fiery collision with a FedEx truck in Northern California has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit seeks damages, claiming the FedEx tractor-trailer was operated …

Workers’ Comp Medical Payment Costs Fall in Illinois: Study

Reforms enacted in 2011 continue to drive down the cost of medical care for injured workers in Illinois, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). According to the report, CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Illinois, 15th …

A Few Thoughts for Insurance Entrepreneurs

Managerial flexiblity, effective communication, selecting and placing employees wisely, customer care and reputational risk are some of the factors would-be entrepreneurs need to consider when contemplating running their own businesses, according to one insurance executive with the work history to support his …

Michigan Appeals Court: Insurance Agents May Not Be ‘Professionals’ Under Malpractice Definition

Is an insurance agent a “professional” when it comes to whether or not he or she may be charged with malpractice? Not necessarily, a Michigan state appeals court has said. The Michigan Court of Appeals made that determination in a …

Insurance Intermediary Deal Momentum Gathers Speed

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the third quarter of 2014 was strong with 69 deals, helping propel the total deal count to a record 220 through September. We have not seen the deal count in the 200s at this …

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