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Stoplight Shooting Not Covered by Uninsured Motorist Policy, Carolina High Court Says

A fatal shooting by a disturbed driver is not covered by the victim’s uninsured motorist policy, the South Carolina Supreme Court decided this week in an opinion that shows how court rulings on the issue have evolved over the last …

Trial Lawyers Back Republican in Florida House Race, Insurers Favor Democrat

In a twist of fate and a sign of the times, some Florida business groups are backing the Democrat in a state House race in the Tampa area, while trial lawyers are putting their weight behind the Republican challenger. The …

Lender, Builder to Settle Wetlands Lawsuit over St. Simons Island in Georgia

A construction company and mortgage lender accused of damaging wetlands on a famous Georgia island have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit brought by landowners. The site of the controversy is on picturesque St. Simon’s Island, which gained attention when …

Former Florida Commissioner Warns Officials Not to Shoot the Demotech Messenger

Former Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is criticizing current state regulators over their recent digs at the Demotech financial rating firm, after Demotech warned it would downgrade more than a dozen property insurers in the state. “Demotech is merely the …

Florida Judge Dismisses Contractors’ Challenge to SB 2D’s Attorney Fee Limits

A Florida judge has thrown out a constitutional challenge to an insurance litigation reform law, noting that the state officials named in the lawsuit were not the correct defendants. Plaintiffs Restoration Association of Florida and Air Quality Assessors, headed by …

USAA Settles Mississippi Class Action Over Underpaid Auto Claims

Another national insurance company has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it underpaid hundreds of auto insurance claims. A federal court in Mississippi this month signed off on a confidential settlement in a suit brought by Mississippi drivers against …

Georgia Insurance Agent Charged with Keeping Premium Refund Checks

A Georgia insurance agent is facing additional charges after she was arrested in July for allegedly keeping premium refund checks that were intended for policyholders. Kerri Monroe, 48, of Lyons, Georgia, in late July was charged with five counts of …

Florida DWC Trying to Bring Two-Year Medical Reimbursement Debate to a Close

The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation will hold hearings on Aug. 30 to discuss changes to some medical reimbursement levels and procedures, the latest step in a sometimes contentious process that has lasted more than two years. Tuesday’s hearings probably …

Two More Appeals Courts Rule Against Businesses in COVID-Interruption Suits

Federal and state appeals courts in two Southeastern states have ruled against pandemic-affected businesses, adding to the list of decisions that have found that insurance policies cover only physical damages. In South Carolina, the state Supreme Court this week became …