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S.C. Supreme Court: Defense Counsel Can Be Sued for Malpractice by Insurer

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently opined that an insurer can sue an attorney it hired to defend its policyholder for malpractice. The high court in the case of Sentry Select Insurance Company v. Maybank Law Firm, LLC, and Roy …

Florida Restoration Contractor Arrested Over $140K AOB Fraud Scheme

A restoration contractor company owner has been arrested over an alleged assignment of benefits (AOB) fraud scheme that impacted 19 homeowners in eight Florida counties and one Texas county, according to a statement from Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy …

DUAL Commercial Adds Goldfarb to Professional Liability Team in Miami

DUAL Commercial LLC has hired Justin Goldfarb as an underwriter in the Professional Liability Program. Goldfarb has 10 years of experience working with carriers such as Chubb and AIG, as well as maintaining broker relationships, writing complex accounts, and implementing …

Mixed-Use Building in North Carolina City in Danger of Collapse

Officials in a North Carolina city have closed a city block because of the threat of a building collapse. News outlets reported a block was closed Thursday because of the threat of collapse of a three-story building housing a business …

Deadly Crashes Involving Pedestrians on the Rise in Georgia

So far this year, 111 pedestrians have been killed on state roads – an increase of 16 percent from this time last year, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. In 2017, 260 pedestrians were struck and killed in the …

Florida-Based SUNZ Holdings Acquires Ascential Care Partners

SUNZ Holdings, headquartered in Bradenton, Fla., has acquired Ascential Care Partners, LLC, a national URAC accredited case management and utilization review company. The purchase and associated capital contribution strengthen the financial position of Ascential and enhance the ability of Ascential …

West Virginia Coal Miner Killed on Job Site

West Virginia regulators say a 43-year-old coal miner has been killed on the job. The Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says shuttle car operator Ronald R. Taylor of Belington died of head injuries when he was struck by …

Mississippi Agent Accused of Not Forwarding Premiums to Insurers

A cease and desist order has been issued to a Mississippi insurance agent accused of failing to forward premiums to the respective insurance companies. The Mississippi Insurance Department said Friday that it had issued the order against James Michael Brand, …

Survivors of Nightclub Shooting in Orlando Sue City, Police

Almost two years after a massacre at an Orlando nightclub left 49 people dead and 53 injured, some of the surviving victims were filing a lawsuit in federal court Thursday saying the city and police didn’t do enough to try …

$151M West Virginia Chemical Spill Settlement Approved

A federal judge has given final approval of a $151 million settlement of a lawsuit stemming from a chemical spill into a West Virginia river. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver granted approval Friday of …

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