Articles by Amy O'Connor

O'Connor is the Southeast editor for Insurance Journal and associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com.

West Virginia College Ordered to Pay $250K in Discrimination Suit

A judge has entered a $250,000 judgment against West Virginia Wesleyan College in a discrimination lawsuit. The Exponent Telegram reports a circuit judge in Upshur County made the ruling recently in a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the …

For Florida Insurer American Integrity, Giving Back is Part of Company Culture

American Integrity Insurance Group’s charitable efforts have become an integral part of the company’s culture, and not just during the holiday season. The Florida-based insurer, which formed in 2006, began asking employees four years ago what charities they would like …

Report Shows Florida AOB Abuse Worsening as Lawmakers Consider Reforms

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session is underway, and lawmakers have wasted no time taking up legislation to address the assignment of benefits crisis plaguing the state. While they debate which reform option to back, stakeholders say the Florida Legislature must …

Insurance Industry Bands Together to Make a Difference in North Carolina City

A group of insurance and risk management professionals are working together to make a difference in one of North Carolina’s largest cities. The group, Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte, started in 2012 to help raise funds to build a …

Florida Appeals Court, Regulator Reject Policy Language Aimed at Curbing AOB Abuse

A Florida appeals court has sided with the state’s insurance regulator in rejecting policy language filed by a Florida homeowners insurer to restrict the use of assignment of benefits. The decision could have a significant impact on the Florida insurance …

‘Super Underwriter’ Hoopingarner Wins Insurance Journal’s ‘Coolest Part of Your Job’ Contest

Insurance underwriter Aubrie Hoopingarner says she wound up working in insurance the same way many people in the industry start their careers, she “kind of stumbled into it!” Now, nearly a decade into a successful career with Portage, Michigan-based managing …

Florida’s Citizens Moves on From 2017, Expects Policy Count Growth in 2018

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the Florida state-run insurer of last resort, is anticipating its policyholder count will increase in 2018 for the first time since its efforts to shed policies through depopulation began several years ago. As it moves on …

Top Insurance Journal Southeast Stories of 2017

It was another busy year in the Southeast with storms, workers’ comp, and carrier insolvencies dominating the headlines. Here’s a look back at some of the stories that attracted the most readers in 2017. Hurricane Irma The first major hurricane …

Assignment of Benefits Abuse Tops Florida News for 2017

Florida’s ongoing battle with assignment of benefits (AOB) claims abuse was not a new topic in 2017, but it was certainly one of the hottest ones for Southeast readers. From threats of insurer ratings downgrades caused by the escalation in …

Florida’s Citizens Expects Policy Count Increase in 2018, Plans Claims System Upgrade

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the Florida state-run insurer of last resort, is anticipating its policyholder count will increase in 2018 for the first time since its efforts to shed policies through depopulation began several years ago. As it moves on …