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Florida Arrests 5 in Alleged Insurance Fraud Scheme

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrests of attorneys, chiropractors and clinic employees involved in an organized personal injury protection (PIP) fraud scheme. Atwater said the five arrests were made in Martin, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, following …

Anchor P&C Is Newest Florida Homeowners Insurance Carrier

Anchor Property and Casualty Insurance Co. became licensed by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) on Oct. 28 to write homeowners insurance business in the state. At the same time, the company has been approved to assume approximately 50,000 …

Florida Approves Up to 183K Takeouts from Citizens for 2015

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved the removal of up to 180,040 personal residential policies and 2,527 commercial residential polices from Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The OIR said these are the first take-outs approved for 2015. The …

Mississippi to Test Guardrails After Texas Jury Finding

State transportation officials are investigating where faulty guardrails have been installed along Mississippi roadways. Trinity Industries Inc. stopped shipments of its ET-Plus guardrails after Texas jury ordered to pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators. A whistleblower says the …

Mississippi City Opposes Ridesharing Firm Uber

Officials in Oxford, Mississippi are trying to stop the ridesharing company Uber from operating in the city. Uber Technologies Inc. provides a smartphone app that allows people to order rides in privately driven cars instead of taxis. Uber drivers use …

South Carolina Liquidating Commercial Auto Insurer First Keystone

The South Carolina Department of Insurance last week declared an insurer that specialized in providing commercial auto insurance to be insolvent and the insurer is now being liquidated. The First Keystone Risk Retention Group Inc. wrote taxis and other commercial …

Tennessee Officials Ask for Help on 16 Arsons

Police are asking for help after a string of fires in East Tennessee that have been ruled arson. Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said there have been 16 arson blazes set since August, mostly in the area of Parrotsville. He …

Mississippi County Seeks to Turn April’s Tornado Tragedy Into Opportunity

Six months after a devastating tornado, Winston County’s hospital is still operating out of tents and shipping containers, home rebuilding is sputtering along and it may be another year before a new plywood mill opens. Still, leaders in Louisville say …

UnitedHealthcare to Join Alabama Health Insurance Exchange

Alabama consumers will see more competition when the health insurance marketplace opens next month for its second year. United Healthcare took a cautious approach to the marketplaces the first year and chose not to participate in most states, including staying …

Republican Atwater Expected to Easily Retain Florida CFO Seat

The races for two of Florida’s most important offices, state agriculture commissioner and chief financial officer, both pit incumbent Republicans with big campaign coffers against little-known Democrats who haven’t raised much money. CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam …

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