Insurance Journal » Pennsylvania http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:45:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 MAPFRE Insurance Enters Pennsylvania Auto, Home Insurance Market http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/07/03/333812.htm Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:52:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333812 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 …

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All Risks Taps Julien as California Workers’ Comp Underwriter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/30/333338.htm Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:58:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333338 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 …

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Small Business Online Insurer AssureStart Now Writing in Maryland, Pennsylvania http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/02/14/320541.htm Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:56:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320541 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 …

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Fatal Building Collapse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/07/11/298187.htm Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:04:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298187 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 …

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Penn. Mulls Tougher Demolition Rules in Wake of Fatal Building Collapse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/06/27/297022.htm Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:52:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=297022 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 …

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Philadelphia Building Inspector Kills Self After Deadly Collapse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/06/17/295713.htm Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:17:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=295713 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 …

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Philadelphia Fatal Building Collapse Brings Grand Jury Probe http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/06/11/294988.htm Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:59:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=294988 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 …

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Trident, McGowan Cos. to Offer Public Entity Coverage in Pennsylvania http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/05/22/292998.htm Wed, 22 May 2013 16:46:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=292998 Trident Insurance Services, LLC, a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., has formed an exclusive business relationship with The McGowan Cos. to offer access to its public entity insurance program in Pennsylvania. The public entity insurance program—underwritten by Trident …

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Penn. Man Drops Suit Over Mansion Fire, Will Split $18.5M Insurance Payout http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/04/22/289272.htm Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:15:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=289272 A suburban Philadelphia man has decided to drop his legal battle against a Canadian couple he claimed had schemed to buy, and then burn down, his historic 19-bedroom mansion in an insurance-fraud plot. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on April 18 …

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Gun Liability Insurance Measures Facing Uphill Battle in State Legislatures http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/04/12/287975.htm Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:10:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=287975 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 …

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Tyco: No Proof Eli Lilly Thieves Used Security Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/04/10/287899.htm Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:01:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=287899 A security company being sued over the 2010 theft of $60 million worth of pharmaceuticals from a warehouse in Connecticut owned by Indianapolis, Ind.-based Eli Lilly and Co. insists there is no proof the thieves used a report it prepared …

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From Ashes of Penn. Estate Rises a Lawsuit for $20M Insurance Proceeds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/12/04/272664.htm Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:43:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=272664 The 53-page document reads more like a screenplay than a lawsuit. If Jerald Batoff’s claim is true, that’s how it may end up. More than seven months after his historic Main Line home, a 24,000-square-foot estate designed by Horace Trumbauer, …

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Penn. Regulators, Public Adjuster Groups Discuss Post-Sandy Issues http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/11/07/269876.htm Thu, 08 Nov 2012 01:55:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=269876 Pennsylvania insurance department officials recently held a conference call with public insurance adjuster associations to discuss issues that have arisen in the aftermath of Sandy. The department has had a similar meeting with insurance company representatives to help address many …

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Hurricane Deductibles Won’t Apply for Sandy in Del. Penn., R.I., D.C. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/11/04/269317.htm Mon, 05 Nov 2012 04:35:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=269317 [Update: Maine also announced this week that hurricane deductibles would not apply for Sandy-related claims in the state. The Maine Bureau of Insurance told Insurance Journal Monday, Nov. 5, that hurricane deductibles will not apply since no hurricane warnings were …

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Penn. Woman Arrested for Allegedly Adding Coverage While in Ambulance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/10/22/267405.htm Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:34:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=267405 A Philadelphia woman was arrested last Friday on allegations that immediately following a car accident and while still in an ambulance, she called her insurer to add comprehensive collision coverage to her insurance policy. According to the criminal complaint, defendant …

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Pennsylvania’s Health Insurance Exchange Plan Stalls http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/10/19/267307.htm Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:50:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=267307 A state-run health insurance exchange is unlikely to be ready for a scheduled January 2014 rollout, Pennsylvania’s top insurance regulator said Wednesday. Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine said development of the online exchange — a key element of the federal Affordable …

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Trick or Treat: Penn. Regulators Offer Tips to Avoid Halloween Hazards http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/10/17/266925.htm Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:31:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=266925 Things that go bump in the night could get bumpier on Halloween — so the Pennsylvania Insurance Department is reminding homeowners to use common sense on trick-or-treat night.Regulators caution that with so many unpredictable elements at play, the chances of …

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‘DUI Hotel’ in Allegheny County, Penn., Offers Offenders 2nd Choice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/10/04/265587.htm Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:59:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=265587 Nearly 30 years after state legislators imposed stricter punishments for drunken drivers, an Allegheny County program allows them to serve mandatory jail terms in a hotel. The county’s DUI Alternative Jail Program, known to some as “DUI Hotel,” is a …

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9 Accused of Faking Injuries in Philadelphia Trolley Mishap http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/10/04/265579.htm Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:32:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=265579 Authorities in Philadelphia say nine people who allegedly faked injuries in a minor traffic mishap are being charged with insurance fraud. District Attorney Seth Williams says the defendants were riding a Sugarhouse Casino trolley in May when it grazed mirrors …

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For Elderly Drivers, Families Can Help Decide When to Give Up the Keys http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/10/03/265452.htm Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:06:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=265452 Ruth Lape of Somerset, Pennsylvania, decided to stop driving in 1999, but it wasn’t because of any limitations that she felt she had. “It was when we moved to Somerset (from Ohio),” she said. “I prefer not to drive because …

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Penn. Doc Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Overprescribing Drugs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/09/25/264280.htm Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:09:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=264280 A federal judge in Pittsburgh has sentenced a physician to more than 11 years in prison and ordered him to pay $700,000 to two insurance companies in connection with charges that he overprescribed painkillers to dozens of patients. Physician Oliver …

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Q&A: Valuing Sexual Abuse Claims Not Simple http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/09/20/263842.htm Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:59:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=263842 Penn State already faces four lawsuits over the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, and at least 20 people with potential claims have already surfaced. It’s unclear how many will press claims against Penn State or whether more will surface. …

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Penn. Commissioner: Washington Slow to Give Guidance on Healthcare Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/09/13/263032.htm Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:23:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=263032 Testifying before Congress this week, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine offered a blistering critique of the way the federal government is coordinating the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, Consedine said the U.S. Department of Health and Human …

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In Penn. Lawsuit, ACE Accuses OneBeacon of Poaching Employees http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/09/13/263003.htm Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:54:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=263003 ACE American Insurance Company recently filed a lawsuit against OneBeacon U.S. Holdings Inc. In its lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania, ACE alleges that OneBeacon poached the entire eight member-team that made up ACE’s East Coast Surety Department. What’s more, ACE charges …

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Hallmark Specialty Insurance Ordered to Pay Over Penn. Turnpike Spill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/09/12/262783.htm Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:19:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=262783 A federal judge says a trucking company’s insurer must cover some of the claims associated with the spill of a sticky goo over a 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike last year. U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti said last …

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Pennsylvania Banks, Homeowners Examine Oil and Gas Leases http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/09/05/261811.htm Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:03:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=261811 When Donald Yost tried to refinance his home about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh in January, he met a roadblock. It wasn’t his credit score — he had a solid rating — or the appraisal he’d paid almost $500 for …

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Police Prep for Labor Day Weekend Partiers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/08/31/261469.htm Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:59:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=261469 “A drunk driver killed someone I love,” reads a sign on the Interstate 80 East exit ramp onto Route 611 in Stroud Township. It’s the same area where Raymond Gelormini Jr., 49, of Hackettstown, N.J., was killed in March. Lester …

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Pennsylvania Hospital, Ohio Parents Settle Organ Donor Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/08/30/261305.htm Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:03:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=261305 An Ohio couple has settled their lawsuit against a northwestern Pennsylvania hospital they accused of killing their son to harvest his organs for transplant. The parents of 18-year-old Gregory Jacobs had claimed Hamot Medical Center was responsible for his March …

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Sandusky Victim Sues Penn State for Compensatory, Punitive Damages http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/08/27/260811.htm Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:52:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=260811 A young man who testified against Jerry Sandusky sued Penn State last Friday, blaming the university for how its top officials dealt with complaints that the former assistant football coach behaved inappropriately with boys. The lawsuit filed by the person …

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Penn. Regulator Advises College Students to Check Insurance Needs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2012/08/22/260362.htm Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:00:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=260362 As college students return to campus to begin the new academic year, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Mike Consedine reminds families to create a “dorm room inventory” for insurance purposes. “Many college students head to campus hauling a costly array of personal …

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