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Dangerous Chemical Could Threaten New Jersey Reservoir

A new report says that a dangerous chemical detected in groundwater near a Superfund site in New Jersey could pose a threat to a nearby reservoir that provides drinking water to as many as 3.5 million people. The report by …

Lockton Northeast Names Connolly Chairman to Succeed Calabrese

Robert Connolly has been named chairman of Lockton Northeast, succeeding Michael Calabrese, who will continue to serve as vice chairman of Lockton’s Northeast operations. Connolly has been the president of Lockton’s Washington, D.C., office since its founding in 2005. In …

Mass. Court Says Arbitration is Allowed in Underinsured Motorist Claim Suit

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that Arbella Mutual Insurance Company did not engage in unfair settlement practices by demanding arbitration in a lawsuit involving an underinsured motorist claim. In the case, Heather Chamberland vs. Arbella Mutual Insurance Company, plaintiff …

U.S. Sen. Schumer Pushes for Heroin Combat Teams in New York

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for federal help in the fight against opioid addiction in New York. Schumer is asking the Drug Enforcement Agency to provide the state with one of four special heroin enforcement teams being formed to …

Kaplansky Insurance Acquires Gath Insurance in Massachusetts

Kaplansky Insurance, an independent, locally owned insurance agency based in Needham, Mass., has acquired Gath Insurance Agency in Lowell, Mass. Gath Insurance provides a range of insurance services to both personal and commercial clients. The addition of Gath marks the …

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants Acquires Connecticut’s After Inc.

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has acquired After Inc., a product warranty analytics firm based in Norwalk, Conn. The acquisition was made primarily to further strengthen and grow EPIC’s …

Massachusetts Public Works Employee Dies After Lawn Tractor Overturns

Officials say a Massachusetts Department of Public Works employee has died after a lawn tractor he was driving overturned and landed on top of him. Police say the Plainville DPW employee was cutting grass Thursday near a town pumping station. …

Delaware Raises Minimum Auto Liability Limits for the First Time in 30 Years

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed into law legislation that will increase the state’s minimum auto liability insurance limits. The state last adjusted the minimum auto liability insurance limits approximately 30 years ago. House Bill 114, sponsored by Rep. Bryon …

Authorities: 18 Injured After Ferry Crashes into Jetty in Massachusetts

Eighteen people were injured after a high-speed ferry struck a jetty in Hyannisport, Mass., and began taking on water, authorities said. The U.S. Coast Guard and steamship authority said the ferry, Iyanough, hit the jetty and grounded on the rocks …

Two More Plead Guilty in Connecticut Auto Insurance Scam

Two Connecticut men have been convicted of staging car crashes to defraud insurance companies. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Mackenzy Noze, and 33-year-old Jonas Joseph, both of Norwich, Conn., were convicted by a jury Thursday of multiple fraud and conspiracy offenses. …

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