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Conn. Court Overturns $35M Verdict in Hartford’s Auto-Repair Labor Rate Case

The Connecticut Supreme Court on July 13 unanimously overturned nearly $35 million in damages against the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. In its 18-page decision, the Supreme Court said the lower court had incorrectly concluded that the Hartford Fire violated the …

XL Catlin Hires Bull as Client Distribution Leader for Northeast Region

XL Catlin hired Kevin Bull as Northeast region client distribution leader for its Distribution & Network team in New York. He will report to June Dwyer, senior vice president, Northeast regional leader. In his new role, Bull will work with …

Maryland Issues Clarification on Commission Sharing for Producers

The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) recently issued a bulletin explaining that, in exchange for a referral of an insurance applicant, an insurer or its appointed producer may provide a referral fee, commission split, or other valuable considerations to a licensed …

New York Grants Provisional Charter for Museum on Climate Change

The plan for a museum in New York City that would focus on climate and climate change, with exhibits that could relate to health, social justice and rain-delayed baseball games, moved a step forward Monday, officials said. The state Board …

AssuredPartners Acquires Founders Insurance Group in Connecticut

AssuredPartners Inc. announced today its acquisition of Founders Insurance Group, an independent agency with locations in Torrington and Lakeville, Connecticut. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founders Insurance Group has been providing commercial property and casualty, group health and …

More Charges Added Against Former N.Y. Senate Leader Skelos and Son

Former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos faces new charges he demanded illegal payments be made to his son Adam from the head of an insurance administrator seeking favorable legislation in Albany. The case stems from when the company’s …

Dispute Simmering Between Uber, de Blasio Over Access to NYC Streets

A dispute is simmering between the ride-booking service Uber and New York Mayor Bill de Blaiso’s City Hall, an increasingly pitched disagreement playing out on smartphones, over the airwaves and in the press over a fundamental question: Who controls access …

Rhode Island’s Attorney General Releases PSA on Dangers of Drunken Driving

Rhode Island’s attorney general has released a public service announcement on the dangers of drunken driving. Peter Kilmartin says the 30-second video focuses on young drivers, who are inexperienced and often don’t consider the consequences of driving while drunk. Kilmartin …

New York’s Utica First to Withdraw From WYO Flood Insurance Program

Utica First Insurance Company in Oriskany, New York, notified its independent agency partners last week that the company will withdraw from the Write Your Own (WYO) Program, a cooperative undertaking of the insurance industry and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s …

Drane Named Deputy Commissioner for Delaware Department of Insurance

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart announced Monday the appointment of attorney Hardy Drane as deputy commissioner for the Delaware Department of Insurance. “I am happy to announce that I talked Hardy out of retirement and convinced him to come …

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