Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:49:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Family Settles Suit in Death of Georgia Worker on Allman Film http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/24/347910.htm Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:45:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347910 The family of a film worker who was killed in a train accident while shooting a movie near Savannah has reached a settlement with several defendants in a civil suit. A statement from the Harris Penn Lowry law firm last …

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Mississippi’s Lafayette County Expands Fire District http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/24/347904.htm Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:26:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347904 Residents living along Mississippi Highway 30 and on several county roads extending off the highway may soon see a reduction in their homeowners insurance after the area was included in the Lafayette County Fire Department’s Central Fire Grading District. Fire …

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Tennessee Insurance Broker Murdered in Virgin Islands http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/24/347899.htm Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:21:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347899 Authorities say a Nashville insurance broker was found dead in his secluded rental home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department confirmed that Edward Netherland, 60, was found Tuesday morning. The department said an autopsy revealed …

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EPIC Acquires Atlanta Specialty Brokerage Greyling http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/24/347894.htm Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:12:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347894 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. …

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Old Republic National Title Moving Domicile to Florida from Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/21/347769.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:49:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347769 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 …

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Blankenship Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Linked to Massey Mine Explosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/21/347725.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:39:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347725 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 …

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North Carolina Approves Workers’ Compensation Rates for 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/20/347687.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:18:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347687 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 …

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XL Names AIG’s Smith to Southeast Property Underwriting Post http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/20/347647.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:57:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347647 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, …

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North Carolina Lawmakers Hear Pros, Cons of Uber, Lyft, Airbnb http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/20/347635.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:24:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347635 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 …

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Florida Company Reaches $40M Settlement Over Illegal Fax Ads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/20/347633.htm Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:12:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347633 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 …

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Caldwell Named President of Smart Choice Agent Network http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/19/347558.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:59:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347558 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 …

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Panel Backs North Carolina AG’s Call for More School Bus Cameras http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/19/347543.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:32:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347543 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 …

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Kentucky Court Revives Lawsuit over Whiskey Fungus http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/19/347538.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:29:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347538 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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Number of Tennesseans Without Health Insurance at 10-Year Low http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/19/347534.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:26:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347534 A new University of Tennessee report says the number of uninsured people in Tennessee has hit a 10-year low. The number of people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which …

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PIA of Florida, National Insurance Underwriters Launch E&O Partnership http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/18/347016.htm Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:00:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347016 The Professional Insurance Agents of Florida Inc. (PIA of Florida) has tapped National Insurance Underwriters (NIU) as the official underwriter of its insurance agents’ professional liability errors and omissions insurance. The partnership enables NIU to now offer E&O coverage from …

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Georgia Lawmaker Files Medical Marijuana Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/18/347368.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:04:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347368 A top state lawmaker has filed an early bill that would allow for the limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia. Republican Rep. Allen Peake, who serves as part of the House leadership team, filed the legislation known as “Haleigh’s …

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Massey Ex-CEO Blankenship Faces Criminal Charges Over 2010 Mine Explosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/18/347216.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:30:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347216 The former Massey Energy chief, scorned by regulators and a U.S. senator, may face three decades in prison if convicted of charges stemming from a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers, the worst U.S. coal industry accident in …

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Florida Motorists Kill Record Number of Endangered Panthers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/18/347200.htm Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:03:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347200 A record set in 2012 for the number of endangered panthers killed by vehicles has been matched in southwest Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say a panther whose carcass was found last Thursday in Collier County is …

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West Virginia University Suspends Fraternities http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/17/347214.htm Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:40:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347214 West Virginia University last week suspended activities at its fraternities and sororities after a freshman suffered a “catastrophic medical emergency” at a frat house. Nolan Burch, 18, from Buffalo, New York, was found unresponsive and without a pulse on the …

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West Virginia Court Reinstates Damages Against City for Flooding http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/17/347195.htm Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:01:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347195 The West Virginia Supreme Court has ordered the restoration of monetary damages to Huntington homeowners hit by flooding in 2011. The high court ruled in an appeal brought by five plaintiffs along Krouts Creek, The Herald-Dispatch reported. Last year a …

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Florida Gov. Scott Facing Rising Seas, Climate Change Politics http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/17/347191.htm Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:41:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347191 When Florida Governor Rick Scott won re-election Nov. 4, he triumphed over both his Democratic challenger and California billionaire Thomas Steyer, who spent $20 million painting him as a climate-change denier. Scott, a 61-year-old Republican who during the campaign deflected …

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Richcreek Joins Willis Health Care Team in Orlando http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/14/347099.htm Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:48:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347099 Insurance and reinsurance broker Willis North America has appointed Karyn Richcreek as vice president, Health Care Practice, at Willis of Orlando. Richcreek will be responsible for business development and client retention of physician groups, accountable care organizations, hospitals and ambulatory …

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South Carolina Holding Hearings on Medical Marijuana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/14/347097.htm Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:31:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347097 A legislative panel looking at the use of medical marijuana in South Carolina is holding hearings. The committee met in Greenville on Thursday with another session set for Florence next month. The panel established earlier this year will report back …

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Alabama Rejects $1M Claim by Parents of Slain Auburn University Student http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/14/347095.htm Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:22:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347095 An Alabama state board this week rejected a $1 million claim filed by the parents of a slain Auburn University student, who said their daughter might still be alive if the university had maintained its own police force at the …

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Florida Jury Awards Smoker $35 Million http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/14/347093.htm Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:16:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347093 A jury in Polk County has awarded $35 million in damages to a former Florida smoker who underwent two lung transplants. The jury’s decision on behalf of 61-year-old Richard Boatright of Bartow came against Philip Morris USA and the Liggett …

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Florida Approves 5.2% Rate Cut for Workers’ Compensation in 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/13/346996.htm Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:54:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346996 The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said it has approved an overall decrease of 5.2 percent in workers’ compensation insurance rates in Florida, the first decrease in four years. As expected, The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), which represents …

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Mississippi City Balks at Insurance Settlement for Hail Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/13/346972.htm Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:55:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346972 Officials in McComb, Mississippi have hired a consultant to review its damage claims from a 2013 hail storm. City Administrator Quordiniah Lockley and City Clerk Jeannette Butler told The Enterprise-Journal that the $154,000 offered by EMC Insurance to settle the …

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Mississippi Police Wrongful Firing Case Revived by U.S. High Court http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/13/346970.htm Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:52:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346970 The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by two Shelby, Mississippi, police officers who said they were fired for refusing to ignore an alderman’s criminal activity. The ruling overturned a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit …

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Judge Allows Owners to Rebuild ‘Nuisance’ Cottages on Nags Head http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/13/346968.htm Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:48:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346968 Nags Head homeowners banned from repairing their beachfront property for five years because the town declared them a public nuisance are back at work, getting those homes renovated. The Virginian-Pilot reported that a U.S. District Court judge ruled last week …

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Collins Named Managing Partner at Willis of Georgia http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/13/346947.htm Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:28:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346947 Insurance broker Willis North America has appointed Paul Collins as managing partner with Willis Insurance Services of Georgia Inc., effective Jan. 1, 2015. Collins has more than 17 years of experience in the insurance industry. Since 2012, Collins has served …

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