Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:45:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.2 North Carolina County Considers $500 Fine for Dog Bite http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/24/365451.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:10:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365451 Cumberland County commissioners are considering an ordinance to fine the owners of dogs who bite someone and causes them to need medical attention. The Fayetteville Observer reported that the proposal to impose a $500 fine received preliminary approval Monday night. …

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Former Alabama Police Chief Charged with Insurance Fraud for House Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/24/365447.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:00:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365447 A former Alabama police chief is one of two men charged with insurance fraud for an October house fire. Sixty-two-year-old Thomas Fuller and 47-year-old Glenn Fuller were arrested Saturday and taken to DeKalb County Jail, reported AL.com. Authorities said the …

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Mayor Sets Goal of Top Fire Rating for Vicksburg http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/24/365284.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:00:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365284 Mayor George Flaggs Jr. wants the Vicksburg Fire Department to reach a Class 1 fire rating — the top fire rating in the state that no other fire department in the state holds — within five years. According to the …

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Tornado Damages Dozens of Homes in Ocala http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/23/365445.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:13:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365445 Authorities say a tornado touched down in an area of north Florida where dozens of homes were damaged by wind and failing trees. The Ocala Star Banner reported that no one was injured but at least a half dozen homes …

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Mississippi Home Builder Fined $59K in Worker’s Death http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/23/365279.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365279 A company faces up to $58,700 in fines after a construction worker died while working on the second story of an Ocean Springs, Mississippi home. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday that it has cited Thomas Matthews …

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Florida Gov. Scott Agrees to Limit Drug Testing of State Employees http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/23/365282.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:00:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365282 Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s long running battle over whether the state could drug test state workers is finally coming to an end. Scott and the union that represents state workers have reached a settlement in the case that would result …

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Miami Pop Artist Britto Charges Apple with Copyright Infringement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/22/365272.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:03:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365272 Artist Romero Britto is suing Apple Inc. and a design firm in Miami federal court, accusing them of misusing his color-splashed images and distinctive style in marketing campaigns. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Cupertino, California-based Apple and the design …

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Cause of Fires at 3 Empty Homes in North Carolina Neighborhood Unknown http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/22/365270.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:34:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365270 Firefighters in North Carolina this week took on blazes at three empty homes in the same neighborhood in Fayetteville. Multiple media outlets reported that the first call came in shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday for fires at two homes in …

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Former Georgia Mayor Faces Insurance Fraud Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/22/365264.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:02:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365264 The former mayor of Milledgeville has turned himself in to face a dozen charges of insurance fraud. The Macon Telegraph reported that 52-year-old Richard Bentley was booked at Baldwin County Jail on Monday. Officers said Bentley is under arrest for …

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Mississippi AG Hood Sues State Farm, Alleges Katrina Claims Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/21/365231.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:28:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365231 Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. for allegedly shifting hundreds of millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina wind claims to the state by mislabeling them flood claims. The suit, filed in the Circuit …

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Florida’s Prepared Insurance Joins Write Your Own Flood Program http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/21/365016.htm Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:00:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365016 Prepared Insurance Company (PIC), a Florida property/casualty carrier, has been approved to participate in the Write Your Own Flood Program (WYO). The insurer is offering Florida consumers the ability to purchase flood and homeowners insurance through one carrier with one …

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Parents Sue Georgia Sperm Bank, Claiming It Misrepresented Donor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/20/365128.htm Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:42:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365128 He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That’s why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child. Then last June, almost seven years after …

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Georgia Supreme Court Sides with XL Specialty in Barring Bad Faith Claim http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/20/365121.htm Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:57:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365121 The Georgia Supreme Court denied an insured’s bad faith claim against its insurer for its refusal to pay a settlement because the insured settled on the amount without the consent of the insurer that was required by the policy. A …

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88-Year-Old Mississippi Doctor to Continue Practicing From His Car http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/20/364956.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:00:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364956 An 88-year-old Mississippi physician, who has faced scrutiny because he was practicing medicine from his car, said after a meeting with regulators that he now expects to be able to continue seeing patients. Dr. Frazier Landrum talked to reporters after …

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Georgia Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/20/364965.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:00:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364965 An emotional Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation April 16 that immediately legalizes the use of medical marijuana in Georgia to treat eight serious medical conditions. Sponsored by state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon, the new law makes it …

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Skaletsky Joins All Risks in Florida as Casualty Broker http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/20/364960.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:00:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364960 Nationwide independent wholesaler All Risks has added Steve Skaletsky to its Jupiter, Fla., office as a casualty broker. Skaletsky will target commercial risks in Florida and throughout the Gulf Coast, providing general liability, professional, liquor, pollution and excess liability coverages. …

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Deputies in Florida County Face Investigations If Guns Are Pointed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/20/364951.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:00:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364951 Deputies in Palm Beach County, Fla., are under new rules on the use of their weapons. WPTV reports the sheriff’s office has introduced a policy that mandates anytime a gun is pointed, the incident must be reported to a Palm …

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Judge Rules Against Mississippi Attorney General Over Google http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/17/364326.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:00:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364326 A federal judge has ruled against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in his effort to keep Google from getting its hands on correspondence between Hood and lobbyists for the movie industry. It’s the latest defeat for Hood in his effort …

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South Carolina Men Indicted for Train Wreck Insurance Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/17/364792.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:00:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364792 Two men face seven federal charges after authorities say they parked a car on train tracks in Allendale County, S.C., causing an Amtrak train to derail, then came back and claimed they were injured in the crash. Prosecutors said 33-year-old …

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Sheriff: Multiple Suspects May be Behind Stolen Kentucky Bourbon http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/17/364802.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:43:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364802 Whoever stole five heavy barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon from a Kentucky warehouse may have taken a lot more liquor than previously thought and the case could result in multiple indictments, according to the sheriff investigating the whodunit mystery in …

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Prosecutors Launch Website for West Virginia Spill Victims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/17/364798.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:27:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364798 Federal prosecutors have set up a website offering updates to victims about the criminal cases over last year’s massive chemical spill in West Virginia. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the new website about the Freedom Industries cases. In …

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NCCI Named Plan Administrator for Tennessee Workers Comp Insurance Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/17/364794.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:08:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364794 The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) has chosen the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) as the new plan administrator for the Tennessee Workers Compensation Insurance Plan (TWCIP). Beginning with policies effective July 1, 2015, NCCI will administer …

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$1B Bond Sale to Bolster Florida’s Citizens ‘Just In Case’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/16/364650.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:43:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364650 Florida hasn’t been hit by a hurricane since 2005, the longest stretch in more than a century. Its state-run property insurer isn’t taking any chances. Even though forecasters predict this year will produce the fewest named Atlantic storms since 1997, …

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Validus Reaseguros Promotes Salamanca in Miami Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/16/364565.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:00:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364565 Validus Reaseguros, Inc. (VRI), a part of Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. focused on the Latin American and Caribbean markets, has promoted Alejandro Salamanca in its Miami office. Salamanca, currently an underwriter in the Miami office working in the Treaty Department, has …

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Judge Approves Delay in Sentencing for Duke Energy Coal Ash Crimes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/16/364578.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:13:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364578 Duke Energy received a delay Tuesday in pleading guilty to environmental crimes after the company raised the specter that bureaucratic red tape could result in power being cut to military bases across North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard approved …

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Environmental Groups Sue Tennessee Valley Authority over Plant Pollution http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/16/364575.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:06:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364575 Two environmental groups claim toxic pollution from a Gallatin, Tenn., power plant is seeping into the Cumberland River and state regulators are not doing enough to stop it. The allegations are part of a lawsuit filed in federal court on …

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Alabama Lawmakers Dismiss Bill Barring Teens from Riding in Truck Beds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/16/364570.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:02:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364570 Alabama lawmakers won’t bar teens from riding in the back of pickup trucks after most acknowledged they’ve ridden back there too. The Alabama House of Representatives refused to debate a bill last week that would prohibit kids under 19 from …

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Trunk Joins Lighthouse Property Insurance in the Carolinas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/15/364329.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:00:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364329 Lighthouse Property Insurance Corp. has hired George Trunk as senior marketing representative of both North and South Carolina. Trunk comes to Lighthouse with more than 28 years of experience in the insurance industry having served in claims, corporate training, risk …

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Questions Arise Over Reporting of North Carolina Workplace Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/15/364346.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:37:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364346 North Carolina authorities have praised a sharp decline in workplace deaths over the past few years, but what Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry hasn’t said is the state changed the criteria for the deaths it reports. Berry reported just 23 deaths …

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Florida PIP Fraud Investigation Spanning Two Years Concludes with 7 Arrests http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/04/15/364341.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:25:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364341 A two-year PIP fraud (personal injury protection) investigation involving Integrated Healing Clinic in Tampa, Fla., has concluded with the arrests of 7 residents, according to a statement by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud. The Division’s …

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