Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:23:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurers Seek Bigger Rate Cut http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/10/02/342476.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:29:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342476 Florida’s workers’ compensation insurers, already on record recommending an average 2.5 percent cut in rates, now say that a 3.3 percent cut is justified. The modification in the industry’s rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) rating …

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South Carolina DUI Locking Device Law Now in Effect http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/10/02/342451.htm Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:31:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342451 A law requiring more people convicted of drunken driving in South Carolina to use a locking device that won’t let their car start if they have been drinking is now in effect. The state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon …

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West Virginia’s Small City Balks at Restriction on Radar Use http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/10/01/342135.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:39:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342135 Benwood, West Virginia Police Chief Frank Longwell is calling for changes to a state law regarding radar after his city lost state funding for speed enforcement. The law doesn’t allow police in Class IV municipalities, those with populations of 2,000 …

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West Virginia Names Fire Marshal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/10/01/342133.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:34:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342133 Anthony Carrico has been appointed as West Virginia’s state fire marshal. The West Virginia Fire Commission selected Carrico to succeed Sterling Lewis Jr. Carrico has been serving as acting state fire marshal since Lewis retired in April 2013. His appointment …

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Mississippi’s New DUI Law Goes Into Effect With Mixed Reaction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/10/01/342129.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:18:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342129 Changes in Mississippi’s DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system. The Mississippi Legislature drafted the new laws in 2013, with the stipulation that the changes would take …

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Mississippi Police Departments Revise Policies on Suspect Chases http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/30/342002.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342002 Columbus Police Chief Tony Carleton has rewritten the department’s pursuit policy to allow shift supervisors to decide if officers are to chase a suspect if he flees. Previously, officers were instructed not to chase a suspect if he fled. Whether …

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North Carolina Big ‘I’ Names Georgia’s Knight As CEO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/30/341964.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:59:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341964 The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IANC) has named Aubie W. Knight as  its new chief executive officer. Knight, currently CEO of a neighboring Big “I” association, the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia (IIAG), will join the IIANC staff …

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Coastal Carolina University Suspends 3 Fraternities http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/29/341860.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:39:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341860 Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. has suspended three fraternities after administrators received hazing complaints. Coastal spokeswoman Martha Hunn told local reporters the chapters of Kappa Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi have been placed on suspension while …

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Alabama Gas Explosion Heightens Concern Over Cast-Iron Pipe Corrosion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/29/341854.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:25:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341854 When Darryle Brown woke up in the dark hours of an early December morning, he heard an explosion. Suddenly, Brown was on fire and trapped underneath an eight-inch-thick concrete slab – the floor of his fiancée’s two-story apartment unit in …

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Liberty Mutual Names Sellers As Southeast Manager for National Property http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/26/341730.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:58:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341730 Liberty Mutual Insurance’s National Accounts Property operation has appointed C. Wesley Sellers as Southeast division manager. Sellers, who is based in Atlanta, has 25 years of experience in the property insurance industry, most recently as vice president, Southeast property underwriting, …

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A Day In Nation’s Busiest Fire Station in Ft. Lauderdale http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/26/341720.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:44:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341720 It’s 8:15 p.m. and the four-member crew of Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Engine 8 has just made its way back to the firehouse after two back-to-back calls — one where an SUV plowed into a store and another where a …

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Florida’s Citizens Pays Off Bond, Drops Surcharge 2 Years Early http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/26/341688.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:24:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341688 Florida’s state-backed property insurer will stop collecting a one-percent assessment that had been used to retire a bond issued following the 2004-2005 hurricane season. The Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board of directors decided the insurer will have the necessary funds …

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PCI Lobbyist Brown to Join Florida Law Firm Colodny, Fass http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/25/341634.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:57:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341634 Attorney G. Donovan Brown, Southeast state government relations counsel for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), is joining the well-connected Tallahassee law firm of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb as a partner, the firm announced today. …

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Kentucky Family Sues Over Transylvania University Drowning http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/25/341578.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:45:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341578 The family of a teenager who drowned while attending a summer academic camp at Transylvania University has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Thirteen-year-old Ricky Harris III, a seventh-grader at Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort, lost consciousness during a recreational swim …

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Settlement in Mississippi Damages Cap Case Avoids Supreme Court Test http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/25/341575.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:33:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341575 The parties in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a legislatively imposed cap on how much juries can award in non-economic damages say they have settled the case. Oral arguments had been set for Wednesday in Jackson before the Mississippi …

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Mississippi, Alabama Homes Recognized As Storm Fortified http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/24/341493.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:31:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341493 The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has recognized three South Mississippi home builders for building homes that are more disaster-resistant. IBHS also recognized three homes in south Alabama. In January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented the …

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Court Upholds Mississippi Board’s Right to Discipline Silicosis Doctor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/24/341491.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:24:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341491 Mississippi’s Court of Appeals says the state Board of Medical Licensure can discipline a radiologist for making what a federal judge found to be thousands of “manufactured” lung disease diagnoses. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower court …

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Coal States’ Senators File Black Lung Benefits Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/24/341376.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:30:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341376 Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania unveiled legislation last week aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims. The bill by the two Democratic senators from …

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Hub Southeast Names Love President for Employee benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/23/341444.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:38:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341444 Insurance broker Hub International Southeast has named Tim Love as president, Employee Benefits, responsible for overseeing employee benefits product and service offerings for Carolina and Florida. Love will be based in the Clearwater, Florida office. Love has 20 years of …

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Judge Keeps Alabama Newspaper from Publishing Utility’s Safety Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/23/341374.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:30:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341374 A state court judge sided with Alabama Gas Corp. and blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information about the utility’s plan for gas line safety, which the Alabama Public Service Commission released through an open records request. Jefferson County Circuit …

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Mississippi District Attorneys Create Coastal DUI Task Force http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/23/341380.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:26:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341380 Mississippi Gulf Coast law enforcement officials and prosecutors say they’re increasing efforts to get drunken drivers off the roads to improve public safety. District Attorneys Tony Lawrence and Joel Smith announced the creation of a DUI task force last week …

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EPIC Adds Shepherd in Southeast for Multinational Accounts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/22/341273.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:49:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341273 Retail insurance broker EPIC has added Annette Shepherd as a multinational placement specialist and account executive on its risk management team in the Southeast. Shepherd brings 30 years of insurance and risk management experience, including 10 years as a multinational …

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Miami Hopes Storm Pumps, Seawall Will Protect Against Rising Seas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/22/341140.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:00:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341140 Climate change is not only already visible in iconic South Beach, but so is climate change adaptation, in the form of new storm water pumps meant to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets, city officials said Wednesday. Extreme …

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Commercial Rates in Florida’s Citizens Going Up 3.3% http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/21/341225.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:18:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341225 Rates for the almost 100,000 commercial property risks insured by Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will rise an average 3.3 percent next February. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved the increase, which is less that the average …

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Alabama City Employs Sting Operation on Uber Drivers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/19/341132.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:49:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341132 Tuscaloosa, Alabama police are using undercover operations to nab drivers with the Uber ride-sharing service. Police said Wednesday a two-night sting last week resulted in a 50-year-old Mississippi woman getting tickets for charges that include operating a cab without a …

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How South Carolina Has Changed Disaster Plans in 25 Years Since Hurricane Hugo http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/19/341129.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:41:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341129 This weekend’s 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo offers South Carolina residents the chance to remember the devastation wrought by their worst storm in the past century – and to be ready in case another such tempest comes. Hugo made landfall …

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Judge Approves $2.9 Million West Virginia Chemical Spill Deal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/19/341125.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:29:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341125 A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a $2.9 million settlement that would benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill. Judge Ronald Pearson filed the order this past Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. Pearson’s …

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North Carolina Claims Rep, Wife Accused of Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/18/340989.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:52:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340989 North Carolina insurance officials have accused a Charlotte man of issuing what is described as unauthorized claim checks and funneling the money into his wife’s bank account. The N.C. Department of Insurance says 36-year-old Claymonte Rashawn McNeill and 39-year-old Michelle …

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Building Stronger, Other Lessons from Hurricane Ivan at 10th Anniversary http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/18/340985.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:28:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340985 This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan, one of the costliest tropical storms to ever hit the U.S. Ivan came ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Sept. 16, 2004, as a Category 3 storm. The storm also battered …

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West Virginia Spill Lawsuit Scheduled for Next September http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/17/340830.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:09:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340830 A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won’t get a hearing for another year. The consolidated lawsuit that targets West Virginia American Water, Eastman Chemical, Yeager Airport and others has a …

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