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Connecticut Insurance Department Partnering with RiskGenius in Tech Pilot Program

The Connecticut Insurance Department is one of nine state insurance regulators participating in a pilot program to test a web-based platform that uses machine learning. The pilot states are partnering with RiskGenius, a Kansas-based tech company that has developed software …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Grill Natural Gas Execs After September Explosions

Natural gas companies in Massachusetts are compromising safety by increasingly turning to outside contractors for pipeline work while cutting back on staff that would oversee these projects, state lawmakers said Tuesday at a hearing following September’s natural gas explosions in …

New York Contractor Convicted of Hiring Hit Men for Killing

A Schenectady, N.Y., contractor has been convicted of first-degree murder in a scheme to kill a man for life insurance money. A jury convicted 54-year-old Tarchand Lall on Wednesday for hiring hit men from Delaware to kill Charles Dembrosky, who …

Schumer Says Farm Bill Will Help New York Dairy Farmers

Sen. Chuck Schumer says the sweeping farm bill approved by Congress will help New York dairy farmers. The Senate’s Democratic leader says the bill invests $100 million in the federal dairy insurance program to help make it work better for …

The Hilb Group Acquires Massachusetts’ Mackintire Insurance Agency

The Hilb Group LLC (THG) has acquired Massachusetts-based Mackintire Insurance Agency Inc. The transaction became effective December 1, 2018. Mackintire is a commercial and personal lines retail insurance agency founded in 1991. Located in Westborough, Mass., the company serves clients …

Rhode Island Equine Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty in $1.3M Fraud Scheme

A Rhode Island insurance agent and agency owner who specializes in providing equine insurance coverage has admitted to operating schemes which defrauded customers, insurance companies and finance companies of approximately $1.3 million. Randall N. Levesque, 57, of Middletown, R.I., is …

Hub Acquires Assets of Pennsylvania’s Nolen Associates, Massachusetts’ Dadgar Insurance

Hub International Limited (Hub), a global insurance brokerage, has acquired the assets of Nolen Associates Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Located in Springfield, Penn., Nolen Associates is a full-service medical malpractice insurance agency representing more than 1,000 …

New York Lawmakers Pledge to Change Laws That Enable Predatory Lending

New York legislators are pledging to change laws that have allowed predatory lenders to use the state court system to seize the assets of thousands of small businesses across the country. Brad Hoylman, incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, …

The Insurance Library Association of Boston Names Tetrault Executive Director

The Insurance Library Association of Boston has named Paul Tetrault as its executive director. Tetrault, an attorney and former editor of The Standard, New England’s Insurance Weekly, has more than 25 years of experience serving the insurance industry in various …

Kaplansky Insurance Acquires Massachusetts’ Burak Insurance

Kaplansky Insurance, an independent, Needham, Mass.-based agency, has acquired Burak Insurance, located in Canton, Mass. The addition of Burak marks Kaplansky Insurance’s 31st overall acquisition and its fourth for 2018. The agency currently operates 12 locations throughout Massachusetts. Founded in …

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