Pennsylvania News

Agent Support, Ratings Added to Expanding Google Compare

The auto insurance comparison website Google Compare is expanding into Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as adding ratings and insurance agent support. That announcement was made Tuesday by Stephanie Cuthbertson, group product manager for Google Compare, at Google’s annual …

Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice

Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

Atlas General Insurance Services, LLC, Hires Clark Lawrence as Vice President of Marketing, Eastern Region

San Diego, CA, December 9, 2014– Atlas General Insurance Services, LLC, a national multi-line program manager, welcomes Clark Lawrence as the new vice president of marketing for the eastern region. In his new role, Lawrence will be responsible for developing …

MAPFRE Insurance Enters Pennsylvania Auto, Home Insurance Market

MAPFRE Insurance has entered the Pennsylvania insurance market. MAPFRE’s operations in Pennsylvania will be headquartered in King of Prussia and the company will offer private passenger automobile and homeowners insurance to customers through its network of independent agents. MAPFRE’s launch …

All Risks Taps Julien as California Workers’ Comp Underwriter

Danielle Julien has been hired by wholesaler All Risks Ltd. as a workers’ compensation brokerage underwriter located in San Diego, Calif. Julien will write workers’ compensation business with retail agents in California, Arizona and Nevada. Julien has eight years of …

Small Business Online Insurer AssureStart Now Writing in Maryland, Pennsylvania

AssureStart, a Seattle-based start-up direct company that sells small business insurance on the Internet, has opened for business in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Owned primarily by American Family Insurance, AssureStart opened in Texas in November 2013 and now is in three …

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Fatal Building Collapse

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering stricter regulations on demolition projects in the wake of a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia last month that killed six people. The House Labor & Industry and the Urban Affairs committees heard testimony Tuesday on proposed …

Penn. Mulls Tougher Demolition Rules in Wake of Fatal Building Collapse

Pennsylvania’s House Republican leaders recently agreed to hold a public hearing on legislation to better regulate the state’s demolition industry. The public hearing is expected to be held in July following passage of the state budget. The bill’s proposals include …

Philadelphia Building Inspector Kills Self After Deadly Collapse

A veteran Philadelphia building inspector who apparently committed suicide had inspected the site of a deadly building collapse twice in February and an adjacent, related project in mid-May. The June 5 collapse killed six people when a four-story building tumbled …

Philadelphia Fatal Building Collapse Brings Grand Jury Probe

Philadelphia authorities said they would empanel a grand jury to investigate possible charges in connection with the collapse of a building last week that killed six people. The June 5 accident, at 22nd and Market Streets, sent dozens of rescuers …