Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:17:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Being Challenged in Upcoming Primary http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/31/377106.htm Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:57:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377106 Second-term Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is being challenged in the Republican primary by John Mosley, a body shop owner who says insurance companies have gotten away with paying for less-than-perfect replacement parts to repair damaged vehicles. Chaney supporters criticize …

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Olson to Lead the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia as CEO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/31/377165.htm Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:47:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377165 Betsy K. Olson was appointed chief executive officer of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia after a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors on July 29, 2015. Olson will take the reins on September 1. “Betsy is intimately familiar …

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Authorities: Thieves Targeting Personal Vehicles of Atlanta Firefighters http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/31/377101.htm Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:45:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377101 Atlanta firefighters have been warned to keep their vehicles free of valuables after authorities say thieves are targeting the vehicles while the firefighters are working. Multiple media outlets report that four pickup trucks at Fire Station No. 11 in the …

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South Florida a Haven for All Types of Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/31/377096.htm Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:26:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377096 Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you’re looking for. Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of the swampland, …

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Study: Kentucky Prescription Drug Law Successfully Curbing Abuse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/30/376899.htm Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:00:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376899 Prescriptions for painkillers and doctor-shopping by pill seekers have decreased since Kentucky passed legislation targeting prescription drug abuse, according to a University of Kentucky study. The law passed during a special session in 2012 expanded the state’s prescription drug monitoring …

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James Appointed Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/30/376901.htm Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:00:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376901 Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has appointed Sha’Ron James as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate effective August 3. The role of Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate is to independently and ardently represent the needs of policyholders when insurance decisions are made. …

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Fire Damage at West Virginia’s Historic Harper’s Ferry Estimated at $2M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/30/376897.htm Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:00:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376897 A state fire official says a fire in’s Harpers Ferry, W. Va.’s commercial area caused about $2 million in damage. Assistant state fire marshal George Harms tells The Herald-Mail that the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. The fire …

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Insurers Warned to ‘Think Before You Snap’ as Florida Drone Privacy Law Takes Flight http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/29/376560.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:00:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376560 The new Florida drone privacy law could have some unintended consequences for insurers looking to use or insure unmanned aircraft systems (UAM) technology. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act (FUSA), which took effect in Florida July 1, prohibits a person, …

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Alabama Police Department Granted Access to 2,000 Surveillance Cameras http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/29/376573.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:50:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376573 Mobile, Ala., officials have unveiled a new public safety initiative that will allow police access to more than 2,000 surveillance cameras. AL.com reports that as of July 23, the Mobile Police Department had access to over 2,000 live security camera …

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12 Injured in Kentucky Amusement Park Ride Accident http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/29/376571.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:45:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376571 Authorities say at least 12 people were injured when a swing ride at an amusement park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, tipped over. The Daily News reports emergency officials were dispatched to Beech Bend Amusement Park around 6 p.m. on July …

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Fewer Deer Equals Fewer Collisions Caused by Deer in South Carolina http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/29/376567.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:33:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376567 Records show that collisions between vehicles and deer in South Carolina are declining. The State in Columbia reports that a review by South Carolina public safety officials shows that vehicles and deer collided more than 2,200 times in 2014. That …

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West Virginia’s Historic Harpers Ferry Devastated by Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/28/376459.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376459 The commercial area in historic Harpers Ferry, W. Va., was devastated July 23 when a fire destroyed a building that housed at least a half dozen businesses, Mayor Gregory Vaughn said. He said a long building that extended from one …

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Ex-Massey CEO’s Lawyers: Keep West Virginia Mine Blast Out of Criminal Trial http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/28/376448.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376448 Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship want evidence about the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia kept out of his criminal trial this fall. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the attorneys filed a motion …

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South Carolina Requests Federal Evaluation on Day Care E.Coli Outbreak Response http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/28/376444.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376444 South Carolina’s public health department has asked federal officials to evaluate both the agency’s response to an E. coli outbreak that killed one child at a Greenwood day care facility and its infectious disease programs overall. Department of Health and …

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Miami Agent Arrested for Stealing More than $80K from Clients http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/28/376462.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:03:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376462 The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud has announced the arrest of Mandy Rodriguez, 35, on felony fraud and grand theft charges after an investigation revealed that Rodriguez, a licensed insurance agent, allegedly stole more than $80,000 …

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Ridesharing Rules Make it Through North Carolina Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/27/376317.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:48:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376317 A deal brokered between North Carolina lawmakers and ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to place regulations on the app-based companies has passed the Senate and will go to the House. The Senate passed a bill July 23 expanding …

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Cameras to be Placed on Atlanta School Buses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/27/376324.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:16:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376324 Atlanta Public Schools is planning to mount cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass while the buses are stopped. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions is planning to mount cameras on the side of APS …

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Transport Company Updates Public on West Virginia Oil Train Crash Cleanup http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/27/376321.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:00:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376321 CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said last week. The company held a public informational meeting that drew a sparse turnout July 21 at the Glen …

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The Doctors Co. Challenging Florida’s Order to Decrease Med Mal Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/27/376314.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:00:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376314 An order by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation for medical malpractice insurer The Doctors Co. (TDC) to decrease its rates by 15 percent is being contested by the California-based company. A hearing has been set for Oct. 7, 2015, …

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A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Tower Hill Prime Insurance Co. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/24/376098.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:54:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376098 A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a-” to Tower Hill Prime Insurance Company (Tower Hill Prime) in Gainesville, Fla. The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable. The ratings …

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Prosecutors Request Guilty Plea Hearing for Executive in West Virginia Spill Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/24/376202.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:42:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376202 Federal prosecutors want a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s biggest drinking water supply last year. In federal court in Charleston on July 22, prosecutors …

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North Carolina Lawmakers Approve School District Lawsuit Moratorium http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/24/376197.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:23:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376197 School districts in North Carolina may soon be barred for five years from suing their counties over the amount of funding they receive under a new provision approved by the state Senate. The Senate passed on July 22 a bill …

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Environmental Groups Ask North Carolina Judge to Dismiss Part of Duke Energy Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/24/376195.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:09:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376195 A coalition of environmental groups is supporting Duke Energy’s effort to dismiss part of long-running lawsuit over pollution leaking from the company’s coal ash dumps. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed July 22 in support of Duke’s motion to a …

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A.M. Best Special Report: Florida Property Insurers Remain Untested http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/23/376100.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:00:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376100 The property insurance market in Florida has significantly shifted in market share as Citizens Property Insurance Corp. (Citizens)—the state-run property insurance company—continues to depopulate and move policyholders to the private market, which has increasingly seen the emergence of newly formed, …

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North Carolina Settles Inmate Death Lawsuit for $2.5M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/23/376096.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:51:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376096 The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says its Division of Adult Correction has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the estate of a man with mental illness who died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement for 35 …

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Crawford Names Daniel VP of U.S. Property & Casualty Client Development http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/23/376091.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:47:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376091 Crawford & Company has named Dan Daniel as vice president, U.S. Property & Casualty client development. He formerly served as vice president of Catastrophe Services for U.S. Property & Casualty for the company. Daniel reports to Larry Thomas, CEO, U.S. …

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Tennessee High Court Upholds Dismissal of Health Care Liability Suit Without Prejudice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/22/376044.htm Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:28:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376044 The Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that, in health care liability lawsuits, the obligation to disclose the number of violations of the certificate of good faith requirement does not compel any disclosure if there are no previous violations. The court …

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Data of Nearly 2,000 Customers Stolen by Florida Vacation Firm Worker http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/22/375961.htm Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:35:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375961 An employee at a Florida company that offers promotional vacations has been charged with stealing reservation documents and then selling the credit card information of more than 1,855 customers to two other people, Orlando police detectives said July 20. Preferred …

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Uber to Open Miami Headquarters http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/22/375958.htm Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:58:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375958 The popular ridesharing service Uber has announced plans to set up a Miami headquarters. The company announced July 20 that it has signed a lease for about 9,300 square feet of office space at Brickell City Tower, located in Miami’s …

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South Carolina Health System Settles Infection Lawsuit for $600K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/22/375955.htm Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:12:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375955 South Carolina’s Greenville Health System has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of a surgical patient who died after contracting an infection. The Greenville News reported that court documents show the health care system offered $600,000 to settle …

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