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EPIC Acquires Atlanta Specialty Brokerage Greyling

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property/casualty insurance brokerage, has acquired Greyling Insurance Brokerage & Risk Consulting, Inc., a specialty insurance broker and risk management consultant based in Atlanta, Ga., with locations in St. Louis, Mo. and Tampa, Fla. …

Old Republic National Title Moving Domicile to Florida from Minnesota

One of the largest title insurance underwriters in America has decided to make Florida its new company home. Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, already writes more title insurance policies in Florida than any other …

Blankenship Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Linked to Massey Mine Explosion

Former Massey Energy chief Donald Blankenship pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers in the worst U.S. coal industry disaster in almost 40 years. The former executive, 64, once a powerful …

North Carolina Approves Workers’ Compensation Rates for 2015

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said new workers’ compensation rates have been approved as filed and will go into effect April 1, 2015. There will be a 3.4 percent average decrease to loss costs for the voluntary market. There …

XL Names AIG’s Smith to Southeast Property Underwriting Post

To address the property insurance needs of  industrial and commercials properties in Atlanta and the surrounding region, XL Group has appointed Mike Smith as the new Southeast regional underwriting leader in its North America Property insurance business. Based in Atlanta, …

North Carolina Lawmakers Hear Pros, Cons of Uber, Lyft, Airbnb

North Carolina lawmakers heard arguments this week for and against increasing regulation of digital services that allow people to sell car rides through a smartphone app or rent out rooms to travelers. Car services such as Uber and Lyft and …

Florida Company Reaches $40M Settlement Over Illegal Fax Ads

A Jacksonville-based company has reached a $40 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over claims the company sent unsolicited fax advertisements to consumers. A federal judge will still need to approve the settlement by Interline Brands Inc. over charges …

Caldwell Named President of Smart Choice Agent Network

Andrew Caldwell has been named president of Worldwide Insurance Network Inc. in High Point, North Carolina, which owns Smart Choice. Since Caldwell’s start with the company in 2003, he has served in the positions of director of commission accounting, account …

Panel Backs North Carolina AG’s Call for More School Bus Cameras

A panel of lawmakers, safety advocates and health professionals back North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s proposal to install more cameras on school buses. Cooper says the cameras will deter drivers from skirting around them as they pick up or …

Kentucky Court Revives Lawsuit over Whiskey Fungus

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit claiming vapors from Jefferson County bourbon warehouses are causing a black fungus to form on nearby houses and vehicles. The Courier-Journal reported that a lower court dismissed the suit, finding the …

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