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Massachusetts Governor Asks for Snow Disaster Declaration

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker formally asked the federal government on Friday, March 27, to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a relentless series of winter storms brought record snowfall and frigid temperatures, causing 25 deaths and costing the …

Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Rate to Decline for 4th Year

The cost of workers’ compensation insurance is declining for the fourth consecutive year in Pennsylvania. The state departments of Insurance and Labor & Industry said on Friday, March 27, that overall rates will decline by 5.99 percent while benefits for …

Mass. AG Asks DOI to Reject Proposed Fee Increase for MAIP Policies

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office sent a letter to the state’s Division of Insurance (DOI) this week, urging regulators to reject the proposed fee hike in the Massachusetts Automobile Insurance Plan (MAIP), the state’s private passenger auto insurance market …

N.H. Court: Worker Who Fell Asleep While Driving Due Benefits for Crash Injuries

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled last week that a worker who fell asleep while driving a company truck and hit a utility pole in the course of his employment is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the severe injuries …

New Hampshire Senate Delays Workers’ Compensation Reform Deal

New Hampshire state senators have pushed off a deal to reform New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation insurance laws. The chamber voted Thursday to send a tentative deal, which would’ve given providers three years to bring down costs on their own without …

Erie Survey Finds Wide Range of Distracted Behaviors Behind Wheel

To discourage distracted driving in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, Erie Insurance, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, recently asked drivers what they do behind the wheel. The online survey of 1,915 U.S. drivers aged 18 and older …

ACA Financial Asks N.Y.’s Top Court to Revive Goldman Suit Over Abacus

ACA Financial Guaranty Corp. urged New York’s top court to reinstate a suit accusing Goldman Sachs Group Inc. of conspiring to force it to insure an investment that led to a $550 million settlement with regulators. Goldman failed to disclose …

New York to Investigate Insurers’ Cybersecurity Work After Hacks

Insurers doing business in New York State must tell a regulator there about efforts to prevent computer hacking, detailing the precautions taken and the personnel devoted to the task. Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services, said …

Va. Retailer Lumber Liquidators Faces Safety Inquiry

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde. Chairman Elliot F. Kaye said Wednesday the agency is taking the issue seriously …

Maryland House, Senate Pass Fracking Bills

Legislation that limits when and how fracking could take place in Maryland passed Tuesday in both chambers of the state legislature. Senators voted 29-17 for a bill that holds drilling companies strictly liable for injuries to residents or their property, …

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