Articles by Elizabeth Blosfield

New Hampshire Approves Elias as Insurance Commissioner to Succeed Sevigny

The New Hampshire Executive Council has unanimously approved John Elias as New Hampshire’s new commissioner for the Department of Insurance, succeeding Roger Sevigny who is set to retire June 11 after 16 years in the role. “John is a good …

Mass. SJC Rules Independent Contractor Statute Doesn’t Apply in Workers’ Comp Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled the state’s independent contractor statute does not determine whether a claimant is an employee eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in a case that has led to questions about worker misclassification. “Worker misclassification …

Password Stolen; Create a New One. What If Your Retina Scan or Fingerprint Is Stolen?

A retail store’s ability to authenticate customers by scanning their unique ear or retinal patterns may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this type of identification technology isn’t fictional. It’s called biometric authentication, and it has grown …

Chubb Subsidiary Fined $1.3M for Underwriting NRA-Branded Insurance

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has fined Chubb Ltd. and its subsidiary, Illinois Union Insurance Company, $1.3 million for underwriting the National Rifle Association (NRA)-branded Carry Guard insurance program in violation of New York insurance law. Through …

Pennsylvania Court Awards Summary Judgment to Insurer Accused of Bad Faith

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania awarded summary judgment to an insurer accused of bad faith after denying a man’s claim for losses exceeding $1 million. The court found that evidence suggested the …

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Vetoes Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed Senate Bill 936, which sought to amend the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act by establishing a formulary, or a list of prescription medications that could be prescribed to injured workers. “The formulary proposed in this …

Pennsylvania Court Awards Summary Judgment to Insurer Accused of Bad Faith

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania awarded summary judgment to an insurer accused of bad faith after denying a man’s claim for losses exceeding $1 million when a fire destroyed his home. The …

Plymouth Rock Assurance Entering N.Y. Insurance Market With Latest Acquisition

Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation (PRAC) is entering the New York insurance market with its acquisition of 21st Century National Insurance Company (National). PRAC previously brought its insurance portfolio to Pennsylvania in August of last year. This comes after the New …

New York Court Affirms Gas Company on the Hook for Environmental Cleanup Costs

The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that KeySpan Gas East Corporation is responsible for costs to clean up environmental contamination caused by manufactured gas plants owned by its predecessor during years when there was no pollution property damage …

Retiring Commissioner Sevigny Talks State Regulation, Being a Good Leader

New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny is planning to retire this summer after 16 years with the New Hampshire Insurance Department. His current term ends on June 11. Prior to his 16 years working as a regulator in the state …