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‘Fangate” Stirs Florida Insurance Industry Fears Over Gubernatorial Election

If Florida’s insurance industry was looking for any certainty about the results of the looming governor’s race between Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist, they didn’t find it after last week’s gubernatorial debate, which almost did not happen …

Erie Insurance Group Enters Kentucky Market

Erie Insurance Group has begun to offer its products in the Kentucky market. The Erie, Pennsylvania-based insurer said its entry into Kentucky marks its first geographic expansion in more than 10 years. Erie Insurance said it now has operations in …

Mississippi Regulator Reviewing 3.2% Workers’ Compensation Rate Cut

Employers in Mississippi could be paying less for workers’ compensation insurance as early as next March, pending approval of a rate filing at the Mississippi Insurance Department. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed an average 3.2 percent …

Appeals Court Upholds Prison Term for Gulf Oil Spill Claims Fraud

A federal appeals court has upheld the fraud conviction of man who pretended to be a shrimp-boat captain and alleged he lost his livelihood to collect oil spill recovery money. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals …

South Carolina Jury Awards $97 Million in Mayor’s Shooting

A federal jury in Charleston has awarded the family of the former mayor of Cottageville $97 million for his shooting death. The jury reached the decision in the negligence and wrongful death suit filed by the family of Burt Reeves. …

Mississippi Businessmen Seek $7.9M from Texas Lawyers for BP Claim Referrals

Three Mississippi businessmen argue in a federal lawsuit that Texas attorneys owe them $7.9 million for steering to them thousands of people seeking to resolve claims against BP from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Gulf Coast businessmen Scott Walker, Kirk …

Florida County Not Liable for Boy’s Death on Beach

A judge has ruled in favor of Volusia County in a family’s lawsuit over the death of their 4-year-old son who was fatally struck by a pickup truck on Daytona Beach. Judge Robert Rouse wrote that Aiden Patrick’s father was …

Alabama Trio Convicted in $2 Million Gulf Oil Spill Claims Fraud

Federal prosecutors said three people have been convicted of fraudulently filing Gulf Oil Spill Fund loss claims. Officials said 53-year-old Marcella Truss, her 42-year-old husband Martee Davis and the woman’s 42-year-old brother Howard Carroway were each found guilty of trying …

Florida Regulators Consider NCCI Request for 3.3% Rate Decrease

Florida’s workers’ compensation insurers rating agency says its request for a 3.3 decrease in rates reflects a stable market, although it cautioned that pending court cases could severely impact the state’s system. The National Council on Compensation Insurance initially filed …

Insurer Group Honors 3 Tennessee Lawmakers for Litigation Funding Law

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies presented its State Legislator of the Year Award to three Tennessee state legislators. Reps. Curtis Johnson and Charles Sargent and Sen. Jack Johnson were recognized for helping to improve the insurance market in …

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