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Florida’s Citizens’ Gilway Defends Overseas Travel Before Governor, Cabinet

The top official of Florida’s state-backed property insurer stepped forward yesterday to defend his organization’s international travel, arguing it was necessary to conclude a $3.1 billion risk transfer plan. Citizens Property Insurance Corp. President Barry Gilway has found himself under …

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Law Regulating Duke’s Coal Ash Dumps

State House and Senate leaders said this week that they have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger …

Mine Owner to Pay $1.5B Penalty to Kentucky for Environmental Violations

West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky. The agreement between Justice and the state’s Department for Natural Resources is a …

Florida Opens, Closes Surplus Lines Opportunities

The recent legislative session in Tallahassee was relatively quiet, a matter some attribute to this being an election year. But even in quiet years, Florida lawmakers tend to make some noise about the insurance industry and this year was no …

Beale Street Merchants Charge Security Fee to Bolster Safety

Beale Street has instituted a policy that increases safety by charging visitors a new fee. WMC-TV reported visitors arriving at midnight Saturday or later had to pay a $10 charge to get past a security checkpoint and onto the iconic …

$2.6M Florida Jury Award to Tourist Upheld

A judge upheld a $2.6 million judgment awarded to a Kansas tourist whose skull was fractured when she was run over by a truck driven by a lifeguard. The Daytona Beach News-Journal said Volusia County had appealed part of the …

Freedom Industries’ Insurance Settlement Plan Favors Nonprofits

Freedom Industries Inc., whose leaking chemical tank made much of West Virginia’s water undrinkable early this year, filed a proposed Chapter 11 plan this week that offers nothing to people with claims for polluted water. Instead, proceeds from a settlement …

Appeal Expected Over Ruling Overturning Florida Workers’ Comp System

A Florida circuit court judge has ruled that the state’s workers’ compensation law is unconstitutional because it no longer provides adequate benefits to injured workers giving up their right to sue. Florida 11th Circuit Court Judge Jorge Cueto handed down …

AIG’s Mills Joins IFG in Atlanta As Managing Director

IFG Cos. has hired Steven M. Mills as managing director in its Submit unit. Mills will be based in IFG’s Atlanta office. In this capacity, Mills will be a member of the IFG’s Submit leadership team that continues to build …

Husband of Tennessee UPS Pilot Sues Honeywell Over Fatal Crash

The husband of a Tennessee pilot killed when a UPS cargo jet crashed in Alabama has filed suit against the company that made warning equipment used in the aircraft. Bret Tucker Fanning is seeking $2 million in his federal lawsuit …

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