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Alberto, 2018’s First Named Storm, Heading for Florida, Southeast Coast

Meet Alberto, the first named storm of 2018. The sub-tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is expected to bring heavy rain to western Cuba and much of Florida early next week, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday. Alberto …

Florida Hurricane Fund in Good Shape for Storm Season

The Florida fund that helps private insurers pay out claims after a hurricane remains in good shape heading into a storm season. Despite losses from Hurricane Irma, estimates show the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund will have $17.3 billion available this …

Georgia Jury Hands Down $1B Verdict Against Security Company in Rape Suit

A Georgia jury has awarded an eye-popping $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl. Hope Cheston was outside by some picnic tables with her boyfriend during a party …

Bizet to Join JLT Re Property Treaty Team in Miami

JLT Re (North America) Inc., part of the global provider of reinsurance broking and consultancy, has appointed Alain Bizet as senior vice president in Miami. Alain will join the property treaty team in Miami and focus on the broking efforts …

North Carolina Judge Awards $4.7M to Family of Man Killed Outside Strip Club

The family of a man shot to death outside a strip club in North Carolina has been awarded nearly $5 million from the operators of the club. The Winston-Salem Journal reported a judge granted a default judgment Monday against John …

4 New Sinkholes Open in Central Florida Retirement Community

Four sinkholes have opened up in a fast-growing retirement community in Florida, including one in front of a home that was abandoned months ago because of an earlier sinkhole. A spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office says the new …

Georgia Business Owner Arrested for Insurance Fraud

A business owner in Gwinnett County, Ga., has been arrested and charged with one count of insurance fraud after presenting a fraudulent certificate of insurance coverage, according to a statement from Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. Maria Estela Castillo, 34, …

State Farm to Cut Personal Auto Rates by 3% in Alabama

Approximately 950,000 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. personal auto insurance customers in Alabama will see rate reductions starting next month, according to the nationwide insurance company. Thanks to the company’s current financial position and what it called strong business …

2 Killed, 11 Injured in Church Van Wreck in North Carolina

At least two people have died and 11 others were hurt in a wreck involving a church van in North Carolina. The wreck was reported about 5:30 p.m. Sunday near Rolesville, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of Raleigh. The …

Tennessee Halts Businesses of 2 Unlicensed Agents

Two former Tennessee insurance providers have been served cease and desist orders by the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) in response to fraudulent practices the department says they used to sell insurance and scam consumers. TDCI issued a …

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