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Florida Governor Eyes Louisiana Official to Replace Insurance Chief McCarty

Florida Governor Rick Scott is looking for a replacement for the state’s top insurance regulator and has already contacted a potential candidate from Louisiana. Scott’s office has confirmed that the governor contacted Ron Henderson, Louisiana deputy insurance commissioner for consumer …

Insurers Sending ‘Consent to Rate’ Letters to North Carolina Homeowners

North Carolina homeowners are being told to pay higher insurance premiums or risk losing their coverage under a law that allows companies to pay more than the state has approved. The StarNews of Wilmington reported insurance companies are sending “consent …

South Carolina Paid $5 Million in Claims for Bad Roads

South Carolina has paid more than $5 million for damages from the state’s roads in the past year. The Greenville News reported that documents it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed the state spent more than $5 million …

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, …

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