Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:46:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 North Carolina Man Accused of Defrauding Insurance Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/04/380766.htm Fri, 04 Sep 2015 05:16:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380766 North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of William Jeffery Barnhardt, 65, of West End, Moore County; he is charged with two counts each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. Department of Insurance criminal investigators …

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West Virginia Residents Sue CSX Over Train Derailment http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/04/380762.htm Fri, 04 Sep 2015 04:58:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380762 A lawsuit has been filed against CSX Corp. on behalf of southern West Virginia residents living near the site of a fiery oil train derailment. Charleston attorney P. Rodney Jackson said that the lawsuit was filed for more than 200 …

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North Carolina Lawmakers Try to Expand Number of Erosion-Controlling Structures http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/04/380759.htm Fri, 04 Sep 2015 04:50:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380759 Some legislators are once again trying to expand the number of certain erosion-controlling structures allowed by law along the North Carolina coast. This time, they’re trying to do it through the state budget. Republican budget negotiators confirmed Wednesday they’ve recommended …

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Kentucky Finalizing Ignition Interlock Law for DUI Drivers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/04/380756.htm Fri, 04 Sep 2015 04:45:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380756 Kentucky transportation officials say the state is getting close to finalizing details of a new law that will require some drunken drivers to get ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe told The Paducah Sun that …

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Triton Insurance Group Hires New Agent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/03/380672.htm Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:47:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380672 Florida’s Triton Insurance Group, a provider of home, auto, business, motorcycle, umbrella, boat and workman’s compensation insurance, has appointed Cole Millican as its newest agent. According to the company, Millican has become a top producer with Triton. Triton Insurance Group …

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Florida High Court to Decide on $3.3 Million Award to Man Mistaken for Bank Robber http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/03/380629.htm Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:15:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380629 Rodolfo Valladares wore the wrong hat to the wrong Miami bank while trying to cash a $100 check in a case of mistaken identity that’s led to a court battle over $3.3 million. A bank teller mistook Valladares for a …

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Regulators in West Virginia Cite 2 Companies in Fatal Mine Accidents http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/03/380627.htm Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:00:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380627 Two companies have been cited by West Virginia regulators for alleged violations found during investigations of separate fatal mine accidents. The Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training issued two citations to Rogers Petroleum Services Inc. and eight citations to …

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Tennessee Supreme Court Rules for Insurer in Assignment of Benefits Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/03/380624.htm Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:41:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380624 The Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed a Court of Appeals decision that a chiropractic patient’s assignment of benefits was not an effective assignment of his rights to insurance proceeds from a third party’s insurance company. The case stems from a …

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Miami Agent Arrested for Operating With Expired License, Stealing Premium Funds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/02/380349.htm Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:00:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380349 The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud announced the arrest of Tania Michel, 41, for failing to notify the Department of Financial Services of a federal fraud conviction, continuing to work in the insurance industry after having her license expire, and …

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Safety of Sports Stadiums Questioned After Fan Dies at Atlanta Braves Game http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/02/380345.htm Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:00:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380345 The death of a longtime Braves season-ticket holder raises questions about the planned height of guard rails at their new stadium scheduled to open in 2017. The Braves say they had safety in mind when making plans for SunTrust Park …

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Apartment Building Explosion in Georgia Under Investigation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/02/380357.htm Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:13:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380357 Firefighters are investigating a blaze at a Marietta, Ga., apartment complex that was reportedly rattled by an explosion August 31. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that firefighters arrived at the Crestmont apartments around 10:20 a.m. Monday. Marietta city spokeswoman Lindsey Wiles …

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Florida-Based Psychic Network Sues General Mills Over ‘Miss Cleo’ Image http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/02/380352.htm Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:08:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380352 The South Florida company that owns the rights to the popular TV psychic “Miss Cleo” is suing General Mills alleging copyright infringement for hiring the psychic to promote its breakfast cereal. According to a complaint recently filed in federal court, …

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South Carolina Orders Rate Revision for State Workers’ Comp Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/01/380166.htm Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:00:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380166 South Carolina Insurance Director Raymond Farmer approved an overall revision of +1.9 percent to the state’s voluntary workers’ compensation policy loss costs and a decrease of .3 percent in the assigned risk rate level results for the state’s workers’ comp …

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Authorities: Money Missing From Business Where Harpers Ferry Fire Started http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/01/380176.htm Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:20:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380176 Authorities say money is missing from a business where a devastating fire in West Virginia’s Harpers Ferry originated. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says investigators determined that the July 23 fire began on a deck …

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Doctors Ask Federal Appeals Court to Reconsider Florida ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/01/380173.htm Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:11:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380173 Physician groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can ask patients about guns. Organizations representing some 11,000 medical providers want the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to …

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Six Southeast States Team Up to Combat Driving Under the Influence http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/09/01/380170.htm Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:00:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380170 Law enforcement officials in six states are launching their 24th annual “Hands Across the Border” campaign aimed at catching motorists driving under the influence. The five-day campaign kicked off August 31 involving law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, …

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Tropical Storm Erika Fades Before Florida After 20 Deaths in Caribbean Island http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/31/380099.htm Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:17:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380099 Tropical Storm Erika, which killed at least 20 people on the small Caribbean island of Dominica, broke up in the waters off Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday. All tropical storm warnings and watches have been dropped …

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North Carolina Lawmakers Send Ridesharing Regulations to Governor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/31/380060.htm Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:10:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380060 The North Carolina legislature gave its final OK to state regulations August 27 for ridesharing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, a move supporters say will protect consumers and drivers of the mobile phone-based services and encourage competition. The …

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West Virginia Takes 212 Commercial Vehicles off Road After Failed Inspections http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/31/380056.htm Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:04:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380056 The West Virginia Public Service Commission says 212 commercial vehicles were taken out of service as a result of recent inspections. Violations found by PSC transportation enforcement officers included faulty brakes, lights, tires and steering mechanisms, poorly secured loads and …

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Ross Joins Florida’s SUNZ Insurance as In-House Counsel http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/31/380051.htm Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:57:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380051 SUNZ Insurance Co. has hired Donna Ross to join the Sarasota, Fla.-based company’s in-house legal counsel. According to Steve Herrig, CEO of SUNZ, said, Ross is joining the company as it expands its legal department to meet the needs the …

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U.S. Risk to Acquire Florida-Based Strategic Program Managers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/31/380049.htm Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:42:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380049 U.S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc. has entered into an agreement involving the acquisition by U.S. Risk of an undisclosed ownership interest in Florida-based Strategic Program Managers, a specialist trucking MGA and broker. The combined premium volume in this class will …

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Kentucky Supreme Court Reinstates Jury Award to Former Track Coach http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/28/380014.htm Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:45:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380014 The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a jury’s $300,000 award to a former Louisville, Ky., assistant track coach who claimed she was fired for filing a sexual harassment complaint. The Supreme Court said on August 20 that Mary Banker is …

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Florida Nightclub Reaches $5M Settlement with Patron Attacked by Bouncer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/28/380010.htm Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:40:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380010 Attorneys say a young man who was attacked by a bouncer at a South Beach nightclub has received a $5 million settlement. The lawyers representing 22-year-old Youness Adlan announced the settlement August 26. The Miami Herald reports that it is …

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2 North Carolina Residents Accused of Insurance Fraud in Multiple Counties http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/28/380007.htm Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:35:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380007 North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrests of Pamela Christine Liles, 31, and Travis Paul Randolph, 30, of Siloam. Department of Insurance criminal investigators accuse Liles of insurance fraud in three counties, and Randolph of insurance fraud in …

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Hiscox Appoints Giralt as Head of Property for Miami MGA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/28/380000.htm Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:30:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380000 Specialist global insurer Hiscox has appointed John Giralt as head of Property for its Miami MGA operation. Joining from Catlin XL where he was a director covering the Americas, Giralt was responsible for managing the Latin American and Caribbean underwriting …

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Deadly Erika May Weaken Before Reaching Florida on Monday http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/28/379975.htm Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:45:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379975 Deadly Tropical Storm Erika may weaken as it passes over the mountains of the Dominican Republic Friday before continuing on a path that may bring it to Florida on Monday. Erika was 90 miles (144 kilometers) east-southeast of Santa Domingo …

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Florida Prepares for Possible Hurricane Erika on Monday http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/27/379846.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:03:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379846 Florida advised residents and tourists to check disaster kits and escape plans as chances rise the state will face its first hurricane strike in 10 years. Tropical Storm Erika, which has triggered storm watches and warnings throughout the Caribbean Leeward …

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North Carolina Looks at Regulating Zip Lines http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/27/379809.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379809 As 12-year-old Bonnie Sanders Burney soared over a 40-foot ravine at her sleep-away camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tether attaching her to a dual zip line snapped – plunging her to her death. Her tether had been mistakenly …

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Authorities on Alert After South Georgia Church Break-Ins http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/27/379814.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379814 Law officers are searching for suspects who burglarized two Georgia churches. WTOC-TV reports that the break-ins are believed to have happened August 22 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Alston and Tabernacle of Deliverance in Vidalia. The Savannah station reports …

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Florida Governor Orders Random Audits of 100-Plus Hospitals http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/08/27/379812.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:00:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379812 Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering state health officials to audit more than 100 hospitals as part of his ongoing battle with hospitals, which he says are driving up Medicaid costs. The state had asked hospitals and insurers to prove …

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