Massachusetts News

State Auto Acquires Partners General Insurance Agency

Columbus, Ohio-based State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. (State Auto) has completed its purchase of Partners General Insurance Agency (PGIA), a managing general underwriter specializing in excess and surplus lines general liability and excess liability insurance. With offices in California, Illinois …

MAPFRE | Commerce Insurance Launches Telematics Program in Massachusetts

MAPFRE | Commerce Insurance has launched its DriveAdvisorProgram in Massachusetts. The new program will allow eligible Massachusetts drivers to receive comprehensive information on driving patterns and overall driving behavior through telematics technology. Participants in the program, which is offered at …

Plymouth Rock, Bunker Hill Offer Combined Home, Auto Coverage to Massachusetts AARP Members

The senior citizen organization American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has chosen Boston-based Plymouth Rock Assurance and its affiliated Bunker Hill Insurance to issue auto and home insurance products for AARP members in Massachusetts, starting this month. The new AARP …

PURE Introduces Auto Insurance Option to Massachusetts Drivers

Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE), the policyholder-owned property/casualty insurer that exclusively caters to high net worth individuals and families, will begin offering automobile insurance to its membership in Massachusetts. PURE began insuring fine homes, jewelry and art collections, excess liability …

D.C. Council Holds Hearing on Gun Owner Insurance Proposal

The Council of the District of Columbia held a public hearing Thursday that weighed in on a recent proposal to require liability insurance for all gun owners in Washington, D.C. The bill 20-170, “Firearm Insurance Amendment Act of 2013,” was …

Gun Liability Insurance Measures Facing Uphill Battle in State Legislatures

While lawmakers in most states have introduced measures in their current legislative sessions that address gun control and gun liability issues, their approaches vary widely, largely depending on the area of the country in which their states are located. Legislation …

Mass. Motorcyclists to Get $2.8M Refunds From Encompass, Amica Mutual

Massachusetts motorcycle owners will receive more than $2.8 million in insurance refunds as a result of settlements with two insurance companies that allegedly overcharged thousands of policyholders, according to authorities. The settlement was announced today by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha …

U.S. Judge Allows Civil Suits in Meningitis Outbreak to Proceed

A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday allowed civil suits against the pharmacy at the heart of the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak to proceed and noted that any criminal case would have priority in gathering evidence.U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor …

Mass. Independent Agents Have Over $1B Impact on State Economy: Report

Five years ago, Massachusetts introduced its “managed competition” program — and since then, there has been an influx of direct writing and direct response companies coming into Massachusetts and competing with independent insurance agencies. But despite the challenge, independent insurance …

How to Catch Texting Drivers? Conn., Mass. Get $550K Grant to Find Ways

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the U.S. Transportation Department, said this month it is providing $550,000 to Connecticut and Massachusetts to help them devise anti-texting enforcement techniques and programs. Each state will receive $275,000 to develop …