Articles by Andrea Wells and Amy O'Connor

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

Today’s Hot Markets: Buyers Hungry For EPLI, Cyber and More

Insurance Journal examined industries experiencing changes, challenges, expansions and growth in the past year. Here are five industry sectors and insurance markets that could offer opportunities for agents and brokers in the property/casualty insurance industry in 2018. Employer Liability and …

Ex-AIG Execs Kick-Off New High Net Worth Insurer Vault in Florida

It was a no-brainer for former thought-leaders from AIG to set up shop for their new high net worth insurer in the Sunshine State, a state known for beautiful beaches, a growing economy and lots of wealthy individuals. A pull …

Ex-AIG Execs Kick-Off New High Net Worth Insurer Vault in Florida

It was a no-brainer for former thought-leaders from AIG to set up shop for their new high net worth insurer in the Sunshine State, a state known for beautiful beaches, a growing economy and lots of wealthy individuals. A pull …

Fraud, Lawsuit Abuse Earns Florida No. 1 Spot on ‘Judicial Hellhole’ List

Florida’s number one Judicial Hellhole ranking for 2017 from the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) is unlikely to be an achievement the state will celebrate any time soon. Quite the opposite, according to business groups like the Florida Chamber of …

Demotech Holds-Off on Affirming ‘A’ Ratings for 16 Florida Insurers

A company that rates many Florida property/casualty insurers believes hurricane losses and assignment of benefits litigation during 2017 could affect some insurers’ financial ratings. Ratings company Demotech says it will wait until it has analyzed year-end financial information, revised business …

Attorney, Vendor AOB Lawsuits Top Insurance Litigation in 2017: FJRI Report

Litigation from the abuse of assignment of benefits by third parties represented more than half of all Florida insurance litigation in 2017, and without a legislative fix those fueling the abuse will continue to get rich at the expense of …

South Carolina Notifies Insurers of Workers’ Comp Loss Cost Updates, Filing Requirements

South Carolina has alerted insurers of several changes to loss costs for the state’s voluntary and assigned risk workers’ compensation markets and has issued a requirement that updated loss cost multipliers be filed in response to the recent termination of …

Appalachian Underwriters Adds Workers’ Comp Underwriter Cohn in Florida

Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. is has hired workers’ compensation underwriter Alon Cohn to its Sanford, Fla., office. Cohn will focus on the production of new workers’ compensation business in the Southeast region, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Previously a …

South Carolina Notifies Insurers of Workers’ Comp Loss Cost Updates, Filing Requirements

South Carolina has alerted insurers of several changes to loss costs for the state’s voluntary and assigned risk workers’ compensation markets, and has issued a requirement that updated loss cost multipliers be filed in response to the recent termination of …

Florida Regulator Report Shows AOB Abuse Worsening Statewide

The epidemic of assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse that has been plaguing Florida for several years is only getting worse, says a new report from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). The most recent data call of water or …