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South Dakota Farmer Charged With Filing False Insurance Claims

A South Dakota farmer is charged in federal court with three counts of filing false crop insurance claims. Fifty-two-year-old Nicholas Berbos has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Trial is scheduled May 13 in Aberdeen. The indictment accuses Berbos of …

State Farm Likely to Move Some Bloomington, Illinois Jobs

State Farm Insurance Co. says it will likely move at least some of its claims services employees out of Bloomington, Ill. State Farm spokeswoman Holly Anderson said that the company told employees that the potential move is being studied. The …

ACE Construction Practice Launches Catastrophe Services Through ESIS

ACE USA has launched catastrophe claims servicing capabilities specifically designed for the construction industry through ESIS Inc., a risk management services company owned by the ACE Group. The new offerings provide an additional layer of protection from losses that occur …

Arizona Forgery Ring Suspect Sentenced For Insurance Fraud

Frederick Farris pled guilty to attempted fraud schemes and artifices, which is a class 3 felony, and was sentenced to 6.5 years in Arizona State Prison. Ferris was found in possession of forged insurance claim checks. The fraudulent checks were …

Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #48

Notifying Umbrella Carriers of Potential Claims. Every reader likely knows the importance of notifying an excess/umbrella carrier of potential claims in a timely manner. When the excess/umbrella carrier is the same carrier providing underlying coverage, this is not an issue. …

Opinion: Insurance Industry Changes to Follow Wicked Colorado Weather

As the sun peaked out of the normally bright blue Colorado sky, homeowners and businesses began to assess the damage done by the 100-year flood, as weather experts have labeled the devastating rain that pummeled the state’s Front-Range for the …

Veto Sustained On Missouri Workers’ Comp Database

Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto has been sustained on legislation calling for the creation of an online database of workers’ compensation claims. Senators supported the override 25-9 on Wednesday. But the House vote of 90-71 fell well short of the two-thirds …

New Mexico, Chevron Settle Case Over Cleanup Costs

New Mexico officials say Chevron Corp. will pay $5.2 million to settle claims that the energy company improperly applied for money from an environmental cleanup fund. The state alleges Chevron falsely claimed it didn’t have and didn’t collect on insurance …

PG&E to Settle Remaining Pipeline Explosion Claims in Northern California

PG&E Corp., owner of California’s largest utility, said it will settle “substantially all” remaining personal injury and property damage claims from a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people. The utility announced the agreement today in a regulatory …

California Senate Oks Limits On Workers’ Comp For Pro Athletes

The state Senate has approved a bill to prevent professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams in other states from filing workers’ compensation claims in California. AB1309, by Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno, would block future …