Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:39:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Children’s Toys Covered with Lead Paint Seized at Georgia Port http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/30/355926.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:17:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355926 Department of Homeland Security officials say more than 1,300 toys that could have exposed children to lead were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Savannah, Ga. Federal officials said in a statement that 1,320 children’s …

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Local Regulations Prompt Uber to Stop Service in Alabama City http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/30/355934.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:16:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355934 The ridesharing service Uber has left Auburn, Ala. in its rearview mirror. The Opelika-Auburn News reported that the popular service that lets users book rides using a mobile app sent emails to drivers and customers last week announcing that it …

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USI Targets Southeast for Growth with Newly-Acquired Georgia Offices http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/30/355937.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:15:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355937 Following USI Insurance Services’ acquisition of two insurance brokerage offices in Savannah, Ga., from Wells Fargo Insurance and Willis North America, the USI Southeast region has announced it plans to aggressively grow this market through ongoing investment and future expansion. …

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Highway Deaths in Kentucky Increased in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/29/355767.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:06:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355767 State officials say highway fatalities in Kentucky increased last year after a record low in 2013. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety says preliminary figures show that 667 people died on Kentucky roadways last year, up from 638 the year …

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Water Being Restored in West Virginia Town Affected by Diesel Spill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/29/355773.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:05:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355773 Officials in southeastern West Virginia began turning the water back on Monday evening for about 12,000 Lewisburg area residents who lost service after a diesel fuel spill. The Bureau of Public Health notified the city it could restart its water …

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North Carolina Restarts Debate Over Moped Regulations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/29/355801.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:04:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355801 The debate over regulating mopeds in North Carolina resumed Tuesday as legislators heard new rule suggestions from the Division of Motor Vehicles just months after the General Assembly mandated owners register the vehicles. DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas said lawmakers also …

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Enstar Completes Acquisition of South Carolina-based Companion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/28/355696.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:17:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355696 A wholly owned subsidiariy of Enstar Group Ltd. has completed its acquisition of Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Co. from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina. Companion is a South Carolina-based insurance group writing property, casualty, specialty and …

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Diesel Fuel Spill in West Virginia Leaves 12,000 Residents, Businesses without Water http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/28/355633.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:36:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355633 Schools, restaurants and businesses in the Lewisburg, West Virginia area were closed Monday and about 12,000 people were without water following a diesel fuel spill that prompted a shutdown of the city’s treatment plant and intakes to avoid contamination. City …

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Court Rejects Royal Caribbean’s Appeal of Medical Malpractice Ruling http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/28/355637.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:35:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355637 A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision that opens the door for cruise ship passengers to sue for medical malpractice. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to revisit …

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Uber Drivers Fined After Series of Florida Stings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/28/355498.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355498 Palm Beach County officials have fined the ride-hailing service Uber and six of its drivers more than $44,000. The Palm Beach Post reports the county conducted stings last week in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, issuing citations to Uber and …

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Florida Governor Eyes Louisiana Official to Replace Insurance Chief McCarty http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/27/355570.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:42:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355570 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 …

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Insurers Sending ‘Consent to Rate’ Letters to North Carolina Homeowners http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/27/355495.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:13:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355495 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 …

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South Carolina Paid $5 Million in Claims for Bad Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/27/355506.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:12:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355506 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 …

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Uber Auto Policy Meets State Requirements, Says Florida Regulator http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/26/355344.htm Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:31:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355344 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 …

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Mississippi Supreme Court to Hear Katrina Case of Home Hit by Casino Barge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/26/355301.htm Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:37:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355301 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 …

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New Charge Filed for Ex-President of Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/26/355308.htm Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:34:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355308 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 …

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Florida Colleges Rushing to Offer Degrees in Cybersecurity http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/26/354794.htm Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:02:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354794 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. …

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Tennessee’s Crichton Group Makes Staff Changes, Names New Partner http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/23/355016.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:01:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355016 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 …

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Kentucky Doctor Accused of Prescribing Drugs that Led to 5 Patient Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/23/355013.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:58:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355013 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 …

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Mississippi Residents, Lawmakers Pushing Bill to Disclose Insurance Costs by Area http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/23/355009.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:53:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355009 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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Consumer Group Urges Florida to Keep McCarty as Commissioner http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/23/355006.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355006 A national consumer group is urging Florida to keep its current insurance regulator, a man the group says is one of the best regulators in the country but who is rumored to be under pressure to resign by the Scott …

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J.M. Wilson Opens Office in South Carolina http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/22/354954.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:35:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354954 J.M. Wilson, a managing general agency and surplus lines broker, has opened a new branch office in S.C. The office, located at 4130 Faber Place Drive, Suite 200A, in North Charleston will be led by Debbie Martinez, branch manager. It …

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Mississippi Attorney General Asks Court to Dismiss Google Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/22/354791.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:56:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354791 Mississippi’s attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed. In court papers filed Jan. 12, Democrat Jim Hood claims the Internet search giant’s assertion that it is protected by federal law fails to invalidate state laws …

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North Carolina to Pay $425,000 to Family of Man Mistakenly Declared Dead http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/22/354797.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:54:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354797 North Carolina officials have agreed to pay $425,000 to the family of a man who was mistakenly declared dead and shipped to a morgue in 2005. The Charlotte Observer reports the payment settles a lawsuit that alleges the mix-up by …

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Report: Storage Tanks Pose Risks to West Virginia Water http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/21/354395.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354395 Drinking water sources in West Virginia are at risk of contamination from more than 20,000 aboveground storage tanks that are located beyond an area where extra safeguards are required, according to a report released last week. These tanks include 19,133 …

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Kentucky Enters into Fracking Debate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/21/354381.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354381 The debate over hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to drill oil and natural gas wells, may be coming to Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports there’s been increased interest among oil and gas companies in areas of eastern and central Kentucky. …

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NFP Acquires Michelsen Benefits in North Carolina http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/21/354467.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354467 New York-based insurance brokerage and consultant NFP has expanded its corporate benefits practice with the acquisition of Charlotte, N.C.-based Michelsen Benefits Group Inc., or The Michelsen Group (TMG). The transaction closed November 1, 2014. TMG specializes in consulting services to …

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Florida Insurance Commissioner McCarty’s Reappointment in Doubt http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/20/354497.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:16:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354497 Florida’s insurance regulator’s tenure could be coming to an end after more than a decade as the newly re-elected governor looks to shake up his administration by replacing the heads of state agencies. Rumors have been circulating that Insurance Commissioner …

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Florida’s Gardner Group Merges with Hylant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/20/354435.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:40:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354435 Hylant, one of the largest privately-owned insurance brokers in the nation, said that The Gardner Group, an independent employee benefits agency based in Neptune Beach, Fla., will be merging into its Jacksonville operations. The newly-merged operation will led by industry …

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South Carolina Orders Uber to Halt Operations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/01/20/354384.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:31:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354384 South Carolina has ordered Uber to stop its ride-sharing service that operates in four cities. The Public Service Commission issued a cease-and-desist order on January 15. Uber launched its ride service in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Columbia and Greenville last year. …

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