Massachusetts News

Ads for Mass. Senate Hopeful Warren Defend Legal Work in Asbestos Case

Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren has launched two new television ads responding to criticism by Republican Sen. Scott Brown of her legal work in an asbestos-related case. Brown also released a new ad Monday, faulting Warren’s tax proposals. Warren’s ads …

WC Billing Company to Pay $1M for Alleged Overcharges in Massachusetts

A workers’ comp pharmacy billing company has agreed to pay restitution after allegedly overcharging Massachusetts and a number of cities and towns within the state for prescription drugs through the workers’ comp insurance system. StoneRiver Pharmacy Solutions Inc. has agreed …

Allstate Agents Returning to Massachusetts After 25 Years

Allstate Insurance Co. is reopening brick-and-mortar offices in Massachusetts after a quarter century of absence. Back in 1987, the Northbrook, Ill.-headquartered Allstate closed its offices in Massachusetts and pulled out of the market, citing the state’s strict regulation of auto …

The City of Northampton, Mass., Faces Steep Flood Control Bill

The city of Northampton, in Massachusetts, is facing an $800,000 bill to upgrade and maintain its storm water and flood control systems to comply with federal regulations. And that may just be the tip of the iceberg. City officials last …

Massachusetts Court Rules on Scope of Independent Contractor Exclusion

A Massachusetts court recently ruled in favor of insurer Lloyd’s in a dispute over a commercial property and general liability policy excluding coverage for independent contractors. The insured, a property development firm called Cable Mills LLC, and its insurance agency …

Met P&C to Pay $345K in Restitution to Massachusetts Consumers

An auto insurance company will pay close to $345,000 in restitution to Massachusetts consumers and an additional $50,000 to the state as the result of an investigation alleging that policyholders with clean driving records were subject to improper non-renewal. Massachusetts …

Liberty Mutual Inducted Into NAMIC’s ‘Century Club’

Liberty Mutual Insurance of Boston, Mass., which was founded in 1912, is joining the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies’ (NAMIC) “Century Club” in recognition of 100 years of serving their policyholders. Liberty Mutual got its start 100 years ago …

Mass. Woman Charged With 46 Counts of Motor Vehicle Insurance Fraud

A Rockland, Mass., woman has been indicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently collect insurance payments of more than $28,000. The Massachusetts attorney general’s office announced last Friday that Olga O’Connor Rich, 41, has been charged with motor vehicle …

New Massachusetts Fire Safety Rule Takes Effect

A new fire safety rule is taking effect in Massachusetts.State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says that, starting September, there’s a ban on wood landscaping mulch within 18 inches of the base of wood- or vinyl-sided buildings.

Massachusetts Strikes Down 18.8% Workers’ Comp Rate Hike Proposal

Massachusetts Division of Insurance announced Thursday that it has rejected a request to raise the state’s workers’ compensation rates by 18.8 percent.Massachusetts regulators’ decision to strike down the request and keep the rates unchanged came after a five-month public comment …