Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:13:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 West Virginia Jury Awards $325K in Elder Abuse Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/21/350764.htm Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:17:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350764 A Monroe County, West Virginia jury has ordered a woman to pay $325,000 in damages in an elder abuse case. The circuit court jury found Betty B. Brown liable for fraud, conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duties. Jurors …

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North Carolina Denies Homeowners Insurance Rate Hike http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/21/350762.htm Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:04:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350762 North Carolina insurance companies that wanted to raise the cost of homeowners coverage by an average of roughly 25 percent were told Friday the state’s regulator is instead approving a zero overall change. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said that after …

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North Carolina Couple Charged with Insurance Faud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/19/350674.htm Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350674 A North Carolina couple has been charged with faking an accident and medical records in filing an insurance claim. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin last week announced the arrests of James Arnold Seals, 42, of  Fayetteville, and Lisa Renee Strickland Seals, …

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Executives in West Virginia Chemical Spill Facing Criminal Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/19/350670.htm Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:46:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350670 When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia’s capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak. He seemed to brush …

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School Bus Driver Licensing Questioned in Tennessee http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/18/350538.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:11:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350538 Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre has ordered a full review of all licensing documents for school bus drivers after questions arose about the qualifications of a driver involved in a fatal crash. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the action …

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North Carolina Driver Charged with DWI Twice in Same Day http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/18/350536.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:08:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350536 Officials in Asheville, North Carolina said a woman was charged with driving while impaired twice in the same day by the same sheriff’s deputy. Area media outlets report warrants at the Buncombe County magistrate’s office show 24-year-old Brittney Lashaun Box …

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Third Worker This Year Dies at Kentucky Patriot Mine http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/17/350400.htm Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:29:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350400 A worker was killed Tuesday in a Kentucky mine owned by Patriot Coal Co., the company’s third such fatality this year. Eli Eldridge, 34, of Sturgis, Kentucky died after he was struck by a vehicle shuttling coal to the feeder …

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Nursing Home Liabilities Transfer Could Be Fraud: Judge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/17/350391.htm Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:40:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350391 The owners of a multistate chain of nursing homes may have committed fraud by transferring liabilities to a shell company that later lost more than $2 billion in jury verdicts to families who claimed relatives died of neglect, a federal …

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Canal Insurance Adds Hall, Lewis to Leadership Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/16/350325.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:14:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350325 Greenville, South Carolina-based Canal Insurance has named Jarrell Hall, assistant vice president for marketing and business development, and Linda Lewis, assistant vice president for casualty claims, to the company’s leadership team. Hall assumes the responsibility for overseeing all marketing activities and …

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West Virginia Meatloaf Deaths Lawsuit Goes to Federal Court http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/16/350293.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:50:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350293 A lawsuit blaming a restaurant’s meatloaf for the deaths of a former West Virginia state lawmaker and her husband is moving to federal court. In October, former Delegate Virginia Starcher’s family filed the lawsuit against New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans …

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IFG Cos. Hires Fann as Excess & Umbrella Division VP in Atlanta http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/16/350245.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:32:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350245 IFG Cos. in Burlington, North Carolina, has hired Tiffany Riggins Fann as vice president in its Excess and Umbrella Division. Fann will be based in IFG’s Atlanta office. Fann brings 15 years of specialty casualty underwriting, marketing and management experience. …

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BusinesFirst Enters Workers’ Compensation Market in Georgia http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/16/350093.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:08:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350093 BusinessFirst Insurance Co., a monoline workers’ compensation company, is now offering coverage to employers in Georgia. BusinessFirst and affiliate RetailFirst Insurance Co. comprise the RetailFirst Insurance Group. During 2013, the companies reported more than $108 million in combined direct written …

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Florida’s Universal Insurance Raises $19M in Stock Deal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/15/350080.htm Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:50:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350080 Florida’s largest private insurer has raised $19 million through a privately negotiated stock deal with an investment firm that specializes in natural catastrophe reinsurance and weather risk. Universal Holdings Inc announced the deal that called for the sale of one …

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South Carolina Court Blocks Kiawah Island Walls to Slow Erosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/12/349914.htm Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:08:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349914 A divided South Carolina Supreme Court has denied developers permission to build a half-mile of coastal walls on Kiawah Island, a ruling that Chief Justice Jean Toal warned undermines checks on state agency decisions involving private property. The developers sought …

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FEMA Provides $3.9M Funds for Tornado Debris Removal in Mississippi http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/11/349848.htm Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:09:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349848 The city of Louisville and Winston County in Mississippi are being given $3.9 million in federal funds to assist with removal of debris from an April tornado. The money has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The announcement …

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Mississippi Commissioner Chaney Offers Holiday Fire Safety Tips http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/11/349845.htm Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:07:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349845 Mississippi Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney recommends that everyone decorate for the holidays with fire safety in mind. “More than any other time of year, this is when people need to be the most fire safety conscious …

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Bouknight Joins Hub International Southeast as Sales Executive http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/11/349786.htm Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:14:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349786 Hub International Southeast, a division of Hub International Limited, has hired Kip Bouknight as a sales executive. Bouknight will be responsible for developing new business opportunities for property/casualty and employee benefits. He is based in Hub’s Columbia, South Carolina, office. …

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AssuredPartners Acquires First Palmetto Insurance in South Carolina http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/11/349777.htm Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:55:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349777 AssuredPartners Inc., through its subsidiary Assured Neace Lukens, has acquired First Palmetto Insurance Agency in South Carolina. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. First Palmetto Insurance Agency offers personal lines insurance, including homeowners and auto, and coverage for businesses …

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Citizens’ Takeout Program Undergoing Changes; Says Assessments Unlikely http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/11/349765.htm Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:33:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349765 Faced with a rising number of consumer complaints, Florida’s state-backed property insurer has announced a series of changes to its takeout program. The news comes as the insurer said it is highly unlikely to need policyholder assessments next year. Citizens …

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South Carolina Insurance Chief Farmer to Stay http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/11/349757.htm Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:42:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349757 Raymond Farmer is staying on to lead South Carolina’s Department of Insurance. Farmer said Tuesday he was honored to be asked by Gov. Nikki Haley to stay on in the position he’s held since 2012. Farmer took over nearly a …

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3 Mississippi Groups Share $99K in Housing Preservation Funds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/10/349671.htm Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:56:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349671 Three Mississippi organizations will share in $99,000 housing preservation program funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., announced the grants on Dec. 3. Thompson says the Warren Washington Issaquena Sharkey Community Action Agency Inc. is …

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Exec in West Virginia Chemical Spill Charged with Lying About Role http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/10/349560.htm Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:52:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349560 A West Virginia executive faces charges of lying to protect his personal wealth from lawsuits after his company spilled chemicals into 300,000 people’s water supply in January, according to a criminal complaint Monday. The complaint unsealed this week in U.S. …

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Kentucky Speeds Up Commercial Vehicle Inspection System http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/10/349551.htm Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:45:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349551 A regional organization has given an award to Kentucky’s technological screening program for large commercial trucks. The Intelligent Transportation Society of the Midwest gave the 2014 Project of the Year award to Kentucky Automated Truck Screening, or KATS. The Transportation …

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West Virginia Fire Marshal Resigns http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/10/349541.htm Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:40:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349541 West Virginia State Fire Marshal Anthony Wayne Carrico will be leaving his post at the end of the year. The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said Carrico has accepted a position as a corrections program manager …

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Florida Approves Another Round of Citizens Takeouts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/09/349348.htm Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:29:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349348 The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved the removal of up to 132,441 personal residential policies and 500 commercial residential polices from Citizens Property Insurance Corp. as part of the state’s ongoing effort to move Citizens’ policies to …

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In Florida, 3 Dead After Vehicle Strikes, Kills Black Bear http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/09/349318.htm Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:26:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349318 After a woman’s vehicle struck and killed a black bear on a road in the Florida Everglades, three others from another vehicle who tried to help the woman were then killed by a third vehicle. Several others were reported injured …

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Benson Joins JLT Re as Senior VP for Southeast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/09/349307.htm Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:47:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349307 JLT Re (North America) has appointed Judy Benson as senior vice president. She will be part of the Southeast region led by David Johnson and JJ Johnson. JLT Re said she will focus on account management and new business development. …

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North Carolina Triad Reports 14 Car Deaths in 9 Days http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/08/349175.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:32:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349175 Law enforcement officials in the Triad area of North Carolina are urging motorists to drive safely after 14 people were killed in traffic accidents during a nine-day stretch in November. The Winston-Salem Journal reported members of local police departments held …

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North Carolina Authorities Investigating Fires at Beach Condos http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/08/349171.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:25:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349171 Authorities said two condominiums units and a car have been set on fire in suspicious blazes in Carolina Beach. New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David told local media outlets that crews are still checking to make sure no one …

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Uber Pays Fine Imposed on South Carolina Driver http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/12/08/349166.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:08:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349166 Editor’s Note: This is a corrected version of this story. In a story Dec. 6 about a driver for the Internet ride-sharing company Uber being fined, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the driver had been arrested. The driver received …

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