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Heat Is on Florida Lawmakers to Fix Assignment of Benefits Crisis

Florida’s insurance industry will apply significant pressure on lawmakers to pass assignments of benefit (AOB) reform in the upcoming legislative session as consumers face rate increases and a looming coverage availability crisis due to serious and costly abuse of the …

At Least 7 Injured by Confirmed Tornado in Southeast Georgia

Experts have confirmed a tornado plowed through two southeast Georgia counties where mobile homes were destroyed and several people were injured. The National Weather Service reported Friday a survey team found a tornado with maximum winds of 130 mph traveled …

Coal Truck Driver Dies on Delivery in West Virginia

West Virginia mine safety authorities say a 54-year-old coal truck driver has died from injuries he suffered last week in Logan County. The Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says the loaded truck driven by Franklin Vannoy Jr. of …

Florida-based American Integrity Launches Golf Cart Insurance

American Integrity Insurance Co., a Florida-based insurance provider, has launched a standalone golf cart insurance program. The American Integrity golf cart insurance policy will have similar coverage types that are often seen in an auto insurance policy with protections such …

DuPont to Pay $670M Over Teflon-Making Chemical Leak in West Virginia

DuPont said on Monday it agreed to pay $670.7 million in cash to settle several lawsuits related to a chemical leak from a plant in West Virginia. The company said it settled about 3,550 personal injury claims arising from the …

School Bus, SUV Collision in North Carolina Kills 1

Officials in Catawba County say one person was killed when an SUV collided with a school bus. Local media outlets report the Catawba County Schools said a driver, a monitor and three students were on the bus at the time …

Customer in Florida Salon Injured by Gunshot from Next-Door Gun Store

A customer at a nail salon in Florida was accidentally shot after an employee of a gun store next-door inadvertently discharged a gun. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 19-year-old Yaminah Gilbert was shot in …

Tennessee Captive Industry Sets Record Growth in 2016

Tennessee’s captive insurance market saw a record annual total of 104 risk bearing entities (RBEs) added in 2016, according to data released by the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI). The new captives are comprised of 30 pure captives, …

Liquid Nitrogen Leak at Georgia Sperm Bank Kills Responding Deputy

A Georgia sperm bank has been cited two days after a sheriff’s deputy died from inhaling liquid nitrogen while trying to save an employee. News outlets report that the Georgia Department of Insurance issued a cease and desist order Tuesday …

Florida Circus Act Gone Wrong: 5 Tightrope Walkers Injured by 30 Foot Fall

It was supposed to be the headline act for Circus Sarasota: a high-wire pyramid some 30 feet in the air. But during practice Wednesday – two days before the show’s opening – an accident befell the eight performers. According to …

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