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Sandy Flood Insurance Issues Said to Be Focus of Criminal Probe

New York’s attorney general has opened a criminal probe into accusations by Hurricane Sandy victims that insurance companies rejected claims for flood damage to their properties based on falsified engineering reports, a person familiar with the matter said. New York …

XL’s McGavick Receives St. John’s 2014 Insurance Leader of the Year Award

St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management (SRM) in New York hosted its 20th Annual Insurance Leader of the Year Award Dinner on Jan. 21 in honor of Mike McGavick, chief executive officer of XL Group plc. The event, held …

Wal-Mart Settles With Family of Comedian Who Died in N.J. Turnpike Crash

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reached a confidential legal settlement with the family of comedian James McNair, who died in a June 7 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that also seriously injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan. The settlement followed months of “often …

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver Accused of Running 15-Year Graft Scheme

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reaped millions of dollars in kickbacks in a 15-year conspiracy that involved medical referrals, real estate developers and law firms, the U.S. said. Silver, 70, used his position to refer asbestos cases from a …

Maine Expresses Opposition to OSHA’s SHARP Program Changes

Maine’s Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette said in a statement Wednesday that the state’s Department of Labor is opposed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) changes to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award (SHARP). The SHARP …

Vermont Captive Insurance Gross Written Premium Nears $30B

Vermont licensed 16 new captives in 2014 and the state’s captive insurance gross written premium is nearing $30 billion, according to data released today by the Vermont Captive Insurance Division. The new captives were made up of 10 pure captives, …

Report: High, Wide Dunes Worked During Superstorm Sandy

A study by a leading coastal science center lends new support to New Jersey’s efforts to build protective sand dunes along its 127-mile coast. The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state’s beaches …

Glatfelter Insurance Group Announces 2 Promotions in Pennsylvania

Glatfelter Insurance Group (GIG) in York, Pennsylvania, promoted John Solari to president of Glatfelter Underwriting Services and chief underwriting officer for Glatfelter Programs, and Jim Partridge to president of Insurance Company Operations. Both promotions were effective Jan. 1. Solari and …

Former Professional Wrestlers Sue WWE Over Concussions

Two former professional wrestlers accuse the WWE of “selling violence” while ignoring concussions that they say left them with serious brain injuries. The men, including one who performed under the name Skull Von Krush, have filed a potential class-action lawsuit …

Maine Bureau of Insurance Recovered $3.4M for Consumers in 2014

Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa said the state Bureau of Insurance recovered nearly $3.4 million on behalf of Maine consumers and businesses in 2014. More than $2.4 million was recovered for consumers by the Bureau’s Consumer Health Care Division, and …

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