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Insurance Office of America Acquires Hornung Agency in Delaware

Insurance Office of America (IOA) of Longwood, Florida, has acquired Thomas J. Hornung & Associates, an independent insurance agency in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Thomas J. Hornung, who founded the agency in 1997,  and all employees will join the IOA …

Hard Hat Saved Life of Construction Worker at Syracuse Site

Police said a worker’s hard hat likely saved his life after he was hit by a falling steel beam at a suburban Syracuse, New York construction site. Officials told  The Post-Standard of Syracuse that officers responded around 11 a.m. Monday …

New York’s High Court Rules on Joint Duty to Warn of Asbestos Danger

New York’s highest court has upheld court judgments against a steam valve manufacturer, citing its failure to warn of the dangers of using its valves with gaskets and packing that contain asbestos. The Court of Appeals rejected Crane Co.’s argument …

Judge: Delaware’s Aggressive Abandoned Property Practices Violate Due Process

A federal judge this week blasted Delaware’s practice of collecting abandoned property, issuing a ruling that could have dire budget consequences for the state. U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Sleet said Delaware’s abandoned property, or escheat, practices violate due process …

NJM Elevates Livingston to Executive VP, Counsel; Announces 5 Other Promotions

New Jersey property/casualty insurer NJM Insurance Group announced that Mitchell A. Livingston has been promoted to executive vice president and corporate counsel. Livingston, who is also a member of NJM’s board of directors, is responsible for leading the company’s strategic …

NOW Honors Starr Companies’ Marketing Chief Brown as Role Model for Women

Starr Companies’ Chief Marketing Officer Leilani M. Brown was recognized by the National Organization of Women New York City Chapter as a “Woman of Power & Influence” at the group’s annual awards dinner last week. Brown was honored along with …

MEMIC Names XL Catlin’s Gonnella VP of Claims for Atlantic, Northeast

Workers’ compensation insurer The MEMIC Group has appointed Gus Gonnella to the position of vice president of Claims for the Atlantic and Northeast regions. In his more than 23 years of experience in the insurance claims industry, Gonnella has been …

Maine Town Ends Flying of U.S. Flags Due to Insurance Cost

A lack of adequate liability insurance has put an end to a project honoring military veterans by flying American flags on utility poles in Maine’s smallest town. The Kennebec Journal reports Randolph Fire Association fundraised for about a year before …

UConn Pilots Gunshot Detection System, a Gift from an Alumnus

A new gunshot detection system developed and donated by a University of Connecticut alumnus is now in place at the school as part of a pilot program. UConn’s police department over the past month installed the computer technology, which includes …

Narragansett Bay Insurance Names Hutchinson Assistant VP, Territory Manager

Narragansett Bay Insurance Co. has named Peter Hutchinson an assistant vice president and Rhode Island and Massachusetts territory manager.  Hutchinson will be responsible for partnerships with NBIC’s agents and industry associations, profitable growth, and service delivery in Rhode Island and …

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