Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:58:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Mississippi Withdrawing Lawsuit Over Flood Insurance Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/17/326698.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:57:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326698 Mississippi’s insurance regulator is withdrawing his lawsuit against the federal government after Congress voted to delay changes to the federal flood insurance program. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said he is withdrawing the suit aimed at stopping flood insurance premium …

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South Carolina Looks to Increase Home Mitigation Funding http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/17/326238.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326238 South Carolina lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase grants to homeowners who strengthen their homes against storm damage. The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved the “Competitive Insurance Act,” which will provide $1.6 million additional funding for …

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New South Carolina Law Requires Ignition Locks in More DUI Cases http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/16/326417.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:12:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326417 South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as signed into law a bill requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won’t let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking. The governor enacted what …

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Former Ballplayer Brooks Robinson Seeks $9.9M From Tribe Over Fall http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/16/326415.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:02:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326415 Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe’s South Florida casino. Attorney Jack Hickey is asking …

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West Virginia Mine Board Approves Detection System Rule http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/15/326322.htm Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:15:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326322 A new state mine safety rule will require coal operators to install detection systems that automatically shut down continuous mining machines when people get too close. The rule gives companies until July 1, 2017, to install proximity detection systems on …

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SeaWorld Loses Bid to Nix OSHA Limit on Contact with Killer Whales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/14/326176.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:50:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326176 SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. lost its bid to overturn U.S. limits on trainers’ contact with killer whales imposed after one of the animals drowned an amusement park employee during a 2010 show. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirement that trainers …

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Mississippi County, Atlantic Specialty in Claim Dispute on Burned Courthouse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/13/326152.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:35:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326152 A dispute over how much an insurance company owes Webster County for its burned courthouse has moved into federal court. The Webster County Board of Supervisors and Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. have sued each other, with two separate cases now …

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West Virginia Jury Awards $1 Million to Fired Whistlblower Nurse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/13/326148.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:33:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326148 A former West Virginia hospital nurse has been awarded more than $1 million in a lawsuit that claimed she was fired for expressing concerns of possible violations. A Kanawha County Circuit Court jury made the award after a nine-day trial …

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Florida Legislators Look to Expand, Regulate Telemedicine http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/11/326123.htm Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:03:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326123 The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren’t any neurologists on …

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Alabama Extends Statute of Limitations for Securities Fraud Cases http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/10/326063.htm Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:54:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326063 The director of the Alabama Securities Commission expects a new state law to make it easier to prosecute securities fraud cases that take years for the crime to emerge. Gov. Robert Bentley signed legislation this week sponsored by Republican Rep. …

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45 Years Later, Hurricane Camille Downgraded http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/10/326059.htm Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:46:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326059 The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Camille’s strength at its catastrophic landfall in 1969. The Category 5 hurricane came ashore along Mississippi’s coast. The storm was blamed for 256 deaths in the U.S. and $1.4 billion in damage at …

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North Carolina’s Teen Driving Log Results in Fewer Fatalities, More Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/10/326024.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:45:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326024 The numbers of teen driving deaths and injuries have fallen in North Carolina but moving violations are up since the state’s General Assembly imposed new requirements on young drivers and their parents before teens can drive fully on their own, …

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Former Georgia Agency Owner Charged With Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/10/325996.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:59:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325996 Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced this week that a former insurance agent from Franklin County has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud. Officials said James Travis Williams was arrested and charged with 15 counts of insurance fraud and …

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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of $93M Monsanto Settlement in West Virginia http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/10/325945.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:07:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325945 The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal of Monsanto Co.’s massive settlement with thousands of West Virginia residents. In an order Monday, justices said they would not review the $93 million settlement reached in the lawsuit. The Charleston …

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Alabama Riverboat Owners, Sorority Sued Over Student Drowning http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/10/325942.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:04:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325942 Relatives of a University of Alabama student who drowned after falling from the Bama Belle riverboat during a 2012 sorority party have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Tre’ Jones family is seeking at least $10 …

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Security First to Offer Ironshore’s Primary Flood for High-Value Properties in Florida http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/09/325892.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:32:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325892 Security First Managers, LLC, a Florida-based managing general agent for high value homeowners programs, is expanding the flood coverage it offers utilizing Ironshore insurance capacity. Security First Managers can now offer primary flood insurance of $500,000 to its customers, in …

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Tennessee Colleges Report Drop in Crime http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/09/325844.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:35:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325844 A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report says overall crime on college campuses has dropped by more than 11 percent. The Chattanooga Times Free Press cited the data in reporting that the number of assaults and thefts were down while the …

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Carriers Being Selective with Florida’s Citizens Clearinghouse Agency Appointments http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/09/325829.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:24:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325829 Florida’s state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. says the initial opening of its new web-based clearinghouse designed to make it easier for private insurers to write its policies has been promising, although the number of policies removed by insurers has been …

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Prisoner Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Mississippi High Court Rules http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/08/325775.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:00:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325775 A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie …

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Georgia Firefighters Say Their Cars Are Robbed During Calls http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/08/325773.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:07:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325773 Firefighters near Atlanta believe their personal cars are being targeted by thieves while they’re away fighting fires and responding to emergencies. Wayne Hines of the Fulton County Professional Firefighters’ Union said the cars, parked at fire stations just southwest of …

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Florida Lawmakers Eye Regulations for Unlicensed Health Clinics http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/08/325769.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:16:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325769 There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don’t accept insurance. A bill moving through the Legislature would close that loophole for so-called cash-only clinics, which can escape government …

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Anticipating Hurricane Season, Florida Insurer Cancels Policyholders http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/07/325717.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:41:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325717 A Florida insurer has decided to lessen its exposure in south Florida, cancelling thousands of policyholders in anticipation of the June 1 opening of hurricane season. People’s Trust Insurance Co. reported that it is cancelling about five percent of its …

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Freedom Industries Chief Drops Pay, Insurance Requests in West Virginia Spill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/07/325608.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:39:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325608 The president of Freedom Industries “bears no fault” for a West Virginia chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban for up to 10 days for 300,000 people, his lawyer said in a court filing. On Friday, Freedom President Gary Southern …

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Mississippi Man Jailed for Filing False Insurance Claim http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/07/325606.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:33:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325606 Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said a 28-year-old Pontotoc County man will serve at least a year in prison after filing an insurance claim for a nonexistent four-wheeler accident. He said in a news release that Eric Long of Randolph …

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Florida Senate Passes Parasailing Insurance Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/07/325604.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:31:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325604 Parasailing in Florida moved closer to becoming a regulated industry lat week, with the Senate approving a bill that would place safety guidelines on companies. The legislation details insurance, equipment and license requirements, along with weather conditions that would force …

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