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Utah Claims Settled by Phillips 66 for $2 Million

Oil refiner Phillips 66 has paid $2 million to settle allegations it helped itself to a state fund for cleaning up damage from leaking fuel storage tanks even though it had insurance to cover the cleanups. Phillips 66 is among …

Washington Commissioner: Prevented $250K In Insurance Fraud In 2013

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler reported that his special investigations unit sent 11 insurance fraud cases to the court system resulting in 32 felony charges and preventing more than $237,000 in loss in 2013. Charges ranged from filing false insurance …

Delaware Refinery Owners Win Insurance Lawsuit

A Delaware judge has ruled for owners of the Delaware City oil refinery in lawsuit over insurance coverage involving the deaths of two workers who suffocated inside a tank. The judge granted summary judgment this week to Premcor Refinery Group, …

Connecticut Regulator Revokes License of Broker Mired in Insurance Controversy

Connecticut’s insurance department last week revoked the insurance licenses of Earl O’Garro Jr. and his insurance brokerage firm, Hybrid Insurance Group. O’Garro has been mired in an ongoing insurance controversy in Hartford, Conn., that includes allegations of failing to send …

Brain-Damaged Inmate Settles With Penn. County; Insurer to Pay $65K

A northwestern Pennsylvania county’s insurance company is paying $65,000 to settle claims by a former inmate left brain-damaged after a jail guard allegedly slammed him into a wall. The Erie Times-News reports Erie County isn’t acknowledging any wrongdoing in approving …

N.J. Bill Seeks to Strengthen Homeowners’ Cases Against Insurers in Civil Court

New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) last week proposed a bill aimed at strengthening homeowners’ cases against their insurers in civil lawsuits. Assemblyman Gusciora said the bill (A-4382) would strengthen the cases of policyholders who sue their insurers in civil …

Mass. Diocese Agrees to $60M Settlement With Insurer Over 2011 Tornado Damages

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has agreed to a $60 million settlement with its insurer for damage done to a parochial high school and other church property by a tornado two years ago. The resolution with insurer Catholic Mutual …

Arbitrator: Mass. Diocese Needs Up to $49M From Insurer to Replace School

An arbitration panel has ruled that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Mass., should get as much as $49 million from its insurance company to replace Cathedral High School, which sustained such severe damage during a 2011 tornado that it’s …

West Virginia Man Convicted of Burning Duplex for Insurance

A federal jury in West Virginia has convicted a Logan County man of burning his duplex to collect insurance money. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said on that 58-year-old Michael L. White of Chapmanville, W. Va., was found guilty of conspiracy …

N.J. Commissioner: Residents With Unresolved Sandy Claims Can Turn to Mediation

New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski said on May 1 that New Jersey residents with unresolved non-flood insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy can have their cases mediated through the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Application forms …