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Miss. candidates spar over public service records

The two men running for Mississippi insurance commissioner say encouraging competition is the key to reducing consumer’ costs as the state continues its recovery from Hurricane Katrina. But that’s about where the candidates’ similarities end. During a recent luncheon in …

Fired-up over safer cigarettes

Now 21 states require cigarettes to be self-extinguishing Cigarettes sold in 21 states will be self-extinguishing after a strikingly high 15 states passed new laws this year to combat smoking-related blazes, the No. 1 cause of home-fire deaths. “Fire-safe” cigarettes, …

Fla. high court affirms insurers need pay for covered perils only

Florida’s valued policy law means property insurance companies are only responsible for actual damages caused by perils that are specifically cited in the policy, the Florida Supreme Court has affirmed in a key decision. Plaintiffs in the case, who had …

Former franchisees challenge Brooke agent dealings

Overland Park, Kan.-based insurance agency franchisor Brooke Corp. has been hit with a number of lawsuits that raise questions about its business dealings with agents who bought into its nationwide operation, which now boasts some 800 locations. Brooke Corp. itself …

Fla. agents advise consumers of coverage gaps, likelihood of assessments with Citizens

Florida’s insurance agents are advising consumers seeking coverage from Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to proceed cautiously, especially for those making comparisons with the private market. Coverage in the state insurer of last resort may not always be the wisest choice …

State probe clears Brooke Corp. of wrongdoing

The Louisiana Department of Insurance investigated complaints against Brooke Corp. from former franchisees in that state and cleared the company of all wrongdoing except for a few minor licensing snafus. The allegations included charges Brooke does not fully disclose the …

Kentucky earns highway safety award

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher has won a national award for historic highway safety measures that have resulted in a decrease in traffic fatalities in Kentucky. Fletcher received the 2007 Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award, the highest award of the …

Mass. consumer groups say auto deregulation plan needs work

A Massachusetts consumer group and Attorney General Martha Coakley urged Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burnes to incorporate more consumer protections and ban the use of credit scores in her proposed auto insurance deregulation plan at a public hearing. “We all like …

Scruggs wants contempt charge dismissed

Mississippi trial lawyer Richard Scruggs has asked a federal judge to throw out a charge accusing him of criminal contempt in a dispute related to insurance claims after Hurricane Katrina. In court papers, attorneys for Scruggs and his law firm …

Maine cop hit by stolen police car covered

A sheriff’s deputy who was run over by his own police vehicle after it was stolen by a Jefferson man on Christmas five years ago is entitled to compensation from his personal car insurance company, Maine’s highest court ruled. The …

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