Articles by Amy O'Connor

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

Florida’s Capitol Preferred to Shed Nearly 24K Policies; Regulator to Monitor Operations

Capitol Preferred Insurance Co., one of the top writers of homeowners insurance in Florida, has received approval from the state’s insurance regulator to shed 23,800 policies just weeks before the start of hurricane season. In a May 12 consent order, …

Applied Underwriters’ Centauri Files $30M ‘Poaching’ Suit Against Wellington Insurance

A Florida-based managing general agency has filed a $30 million poaching lawsuit against three former executives and the agency they jumped to while it was in the process of being acquired. Centauri Specialty Insurance Holdings (CSIH) and Centauri Specialty Managers …

Florida Extends Order Allowing Agency Reps to Work Remotely During Health Emergency

Customer service representatives holding a particular Florida insurance license will be able to continue conducting business remotely until at least July 7. A directive issued by Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis that allows remote work by Florida agency customer service representatives …

Florida Market Study Will Evaluate Exposures, Strategies for Citizens Property Insurance

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s insurer of last resort, has moved forward with an independent study that will evaluate the insurer’s potential exposures from the state’s troubled property insurance market. The Citizens’ Board of Governors voted at its last meeting …

COVID-19 Hits Already-Troubled Nursing Home Insurance Market; Brokers Try to Help

Nursing homes are right in the middle of the deadly coronavirus pandemic hitting the U.S, with more than 28%, or nearly 20,000, of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths happening in these long term care facilities, according to a recent report by …

Federal Aid Denied to Georgia County for Damage from April Tornado

A county in Georgia will not receive any federal relief funds after a tornado that swept through the South in April destroyed dozens of homes in the area, authorities said. Murray County Commissioner Greg Hogan told news outlets Tuesday that …

Students Sue Universities in North Carolina for Tuition Reimbursement

College students in North Carolina are suing universities in hopes of getting reimbursements for tuition and fees after campuses shut down and moved classes online during the coronavirus pandemic. The Raleigh News & Observer reported April 28 that the institutions …

Nursing Home Insurance Market In Need of Care

Nursing homes are right in the middle of the deadly coronavirus pandemic hitting the U.S, with more than 20%, or 11,000, of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths happening in these long term care facilities, according to a mid-April report by The …

Florida Dive Shop Alleges Insurer Breach of Contract, Bad Faith in BI Denial Suit

A dive shop in South Florida is one of the first businesses in the state to file suit against its insurer for the denial of a business interruption claim initiated because of the current coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, Mace Marine …

On the Front Lines: Georgia Insurance Commissioner Deployed by National Guard

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John F. King has been on the front lines during times of crisis for the United States for most of his career. A former Georgia police chief and current Major General in the U.S. Army National Guard, …