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Vermont Police Investigating After One Injured in Explosion of ‘Homemade Device’

Vermont police are investigating after one person was injured by the explosion of what’s described as a “small homemade destructive device.” Brattleboro police say there is no known concern for the safety of the public. Police and rescue crews were …

Union Mutual of Vermont Companies Hires Campbell

Sean P. Campbell recently joined Union Mutual of Vermont Companies as assistant vice president of Personal Lines Underwriting and Business Development, President and CEO Michael Nobles announced. Campbell will be based in Central New York in his new role. He …

Risk Strategies Appoints Grant as Employee Benefits Practice Leader in New York

Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, has appointed 25-year industry veteran Michael S. Grant as employee benefits practice leader for the firm’s Greater New York region. Prior to joining Risk Strategies, Grant was senior …

AM Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for Pennsylvania’s Farmers

AM Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of B+ (good) and the long-term issuer credit rating of “bbb-” of Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company of McCandless Township (Farmers), based in Wexford, …

Alera Group Acquires Pennsylvania’s Capital Region Benefits

Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Capital Region Benefits, effective November 1, 2019. Capital Region Benefits, an independent insurance agency located in Camp Hill, Penn., has provided group benefit …

Connecticut’s Electric Boat Fined $10K After Worker Falls 20 Feet into Submarine

Connecticut submarine maker Electric Boat has been fined by federal officials after an employee fell more than 20 feet while working earlier this year. The Day reports the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently fined Electric Boat $10,000 for …

The Hilb Group Acquires Massachusetts’ Gould & Naimoli Partners

The Hilb Group LLC (THG) has acquired Massachusetts-based Gould & Naimoli Partners LLC/G&N Insurance (G&N). The transaction became effective November 1, 2019. G&N is a property and casualty insurance agency primarily providing personal lines insurance to real estate owners in …

Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Families’ Liability Lawsuit Against Gunmaker

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the gun industry, refusing to block a lawsuit against Remington Arms Co. by family members of nine people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The lawsuit blames the gunmaker’s …

New Jersey Man Sentenced in Slip and Fall Insurance Scam

A New Jersey man is not going to prison for orchestrating a slip and fall insurance scam. Under terms of a plea agreement, a judge on Monday instead sentenced 58-year-old Alexander Goldinsky to probation, community service and ordered him to …

NYPD Employees Charged in Car Insurance Scam

A uniformed New York Police Department officer and five dispatchers are among those charged in a car insurance scam that authorities say compromised the personal information of 60,000 vehicle accident victims and tried to exploit people from low-income neighborhoods, authorities …

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