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N.Y. Gov. Issues Consumer Alert on Potential Home Repair Scams

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a consumer alert warning homeowners to protect themselves against home repair scams, which may arise in wake of the recent flooding that occurred on Long Island. “Unfortunately, unscrupulous home repair scam artists often …

Ex-Penn. Justice Melvin’s Daughter Seeks to Settle Insurance Fraud Charge

The daughter of convicted former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is trying to enter a program designed for first-time offenders on an insurance fraud charge. Casey Melvin, 26, of Wexford, Pennsylvania, has been scheduled for a hearing Sept. …

A.P. Michaud Acquires Nancy Greenwood Agency in Massachusetts

A.P. Michaud Insurance Agency Inc., an independent insurance agency in Methuen, Massachusetts, announced the acquisition of Nancy Greenwood Insurance Agency, also based in Methuen. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. All current clients of Nancy Greenwood Insurance Agency will …

Maine Woman Sues GM, Claims Burn From Heated Car Seat

A Maine woman who says she suffered a third-degree burn from a heated seat in Chevrolet Suburban has sued General Motors. Emma Verrill says in her suit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, Maine, that GM failed to adequately …

NFP Acquires 2 Agencies in New England

National Financial Partners Corp. (NFP) announced the acquisitions of two independent insurance agencies in New England: Poulos Insurance Inc. and Altus Specialty Group LLC. Terms were not disclosed. NFP said the acquisitions would help expand NFP’s property/casualty offerings. Poulos Insurance, …

Virginia Task Force to Target Worker Misclassification, Payroll Fraud

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently signed an executive order establishing an inter-agency task force that will target worker misclassification and payroll fraud. “Every Virginian who works hard and follows the rules should get the pay and benefits that they deserve,” …

GEICO Lowers Commercial Auto Rates in Virginia

GEICO is introducing lower rates in Virginia for commercial auto insurance customers, including contractors, retailers, caterers, professional services and other businesses. Small business owners in particular need commercial vehicle insurance packages to cover their cars, trucks and vans used on …

400,000 Mass. Residents Must Reapply for Health Coverage

Massachusetts is launching a major effort to reach out to almost 400,000 residents who must reapply for health insurance because they were enrolled in temporary plans after the state’s health care marketplace website crashed last year. State officials fear that …

Coast Guard, N.J. National Guard Still Recovering From Sandy

Two years after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey coast, the USCGC Sailfish has yet to return home. The gleaming white 87-foot patrol boat, now temporarily based out of Bayonne, New Jersey, still cannot go back to its berth at …

Maine Officials Alert Consumers, Businesses to Flood-Damaged Autos

Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage and Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa cautioned consumers and businesses that recent severe weather and flooding in Maine, throughout the Northeast and in other parts of the country increases the possibility of flood-damaged autos being …

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