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Uber Auto Policy Meets State Requirements, Says Florida Regulator

Florida’s insurance regulators have determined that a ridesharing company’s automobile commercial liability policy meets state regulations, but legislative action is likely necessary to clarify whether that entitles the company to legally operate in the state. Ridesharing firm Uber has been …

Mississippi Supreme Court to Hear Katrina Case of Home Hit by Casino Barge

The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider whether a judge was wrong in finding that an insurance company was not liable for damage caused when the Grand Casino barge was torn from its moorings during Hurricane Katrina and smacked into a …

New Charge Filed for Ex-President of Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill

A former Freedom Industries executive charged in a West Virginia chemical spill is facing a new federal fraud charge stemming from the company’s bankruptcy. A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom …

Florida Colleges Rushing to Offer Degrees in Cybersecurity

The now infamous computer hacks infuriated consumers who had personal information compromised and Hollywood honchos who had embarrassing emails made public. But headline-grabbing computer intrusions are only a fraction of what is going on in the Wild West of cybercrime. …

Tennessee’s Crichton Group Makes Staff Changes, Names New Partner

The Crichton Group, an independent insurance agency in Middle Tennessee, has appointed a new partner and a new director of risk management. In addition, it has also added an account executive and an account manager to its team. The staff …

Kentucky Doctor Accused of Prescribing Drugs that Led to 5 Patient Deaths

A doctor with offices in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana has been charged with prescribing pain medications that resulted in the deaths of five patients. The U.S. attorney’s office in Louisville said 47-year-old Jaime Guerrero was charged in a 32-count …

Mississippi Residents, Lawmakers Pushing Bill to Disclose Insurance Costs by Area

A group of lawmakers and residents from the Mississippi Gulf Coast are again pushing a bill that would require insurance companies to disclose, by geographic area, how much they are charging to insure property. The idea, which originated in Alabama, …

Consumer Group Urges Florida to Keep McCarty as Commissioner

A national consumer group is urging Florida to keep its current insurance regulator, a man the group says is one of the best regulators in the country but who is rumored to be under pressure to resign by the Scott …

J.M. Wilson Opens Office in South Carolina

J.M. Wilson, a managing general agency and surplus lines broker, has opened a new branch office in S.C. The office, located at 4130 Faber Place Drive, Suite 200A, in North Charleston will be led by Debbie Martinez, branch manager. It …

Mississippi Attorney General Asks Court to Dismiss Google Suit

Mississippi’s attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed. In court papers filed Jan. 12, Democrat Jim Hood claims the Internet search giant’s assertion that it is protected by federal law fails to invalidate state laws …

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