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10 People Arrested in Florida for $500K Accident Solicitation Scheme

Five Florida attorneys and five of their accomplices are accused in a patient-brokering scheme that brought in more than a half-million dollars in profits. Broward Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that the arrests were made Sept. 6 following …

Drake Joins Smart Choice in North Carolina as VP of Corporate Strategy

Smart Choice, headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, has named Carol Drake as the company’s new vice president of Corporate Strategy. Drake formerly had an extensive career with Grange Insurance where she held the roles vice president of National Accounts, …

South Carolina Law Enforcement Center Damaged by Fire

Authorities are investigating a fire that damaged a law enforcement center in South Carolina. Walhalla Fire Department Chief Brandon Burton told local media a fire started at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oconee Law Enforcement Center. Burton says the …

Seeman Holtz Continues Florida Expansion With Acquisitions of 3 Agencies

Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty, Inc. has acquired three different agencies in Florida as part of its geographic expansion and continued growth throughout the United States. The three Florida agencies most recently acquired include: Mark Ellis Insurance, headquartered in Tamarac, …

DUAL’s Construction Division in North Carolina Adds Mahar as Senior Underwriter

DUAL Commercial has hired John Mahar as a senior underwriter within its Construction Division. Mahar will be located in DUAL’s new office in Charlotte, NC. Mahar has more than 18 years of experience in the insurance industry with the majority …

Federal Judge Tentatively Approves West Virginia Chemical Spill Settlement

A federal judge has tentatively approved a revised settlement to a class-action lawsuit over a West Virginia chemical spill that left up to 300,000 people without tap water for up to nine days. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver on Thursday …

2nd Sinkhole Opens in Florida Neighborhood

A second sinkhole opened up in a Florida neighborhood about a half-mile (.8 kilometers) from where a home was partially swallowed by one earlier the same week. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy says the sinkhole reported Thursday morning …

Kentucky AG Hires 4 Law Firms To Investigate Opioid Industry

Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general says he has hired four law firms to investigate and potentially sue several makers and marketers of opioid-based painkillers that have spurred a wave addiction across Appalachia. But Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration said Andy Beshear’s …

Scott Issues Emergency Order to Florida Nursing Homes After 11 Patient Deaths

After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Florida’s nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott. Days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state, Scott used his emergency powers …

Judge Dismisses Challenge to Kentucky Medical Marijuana Ban

Kentucky’s ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial test in court, with a judge ruling Wednesday that the state has a good reason to “curtail citizens’ possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug.” Twenty-nine other states have legalized marijuana in …

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