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Kentucky Medical Malpractice Panel Backlogged by Hundreds of Claims

A Kentucky panel established to review medical malpractice claims before lawsuits can be filed is severely backlogged. The Courier Journal obtained records through the Kentucky Open Records act that show only 11 percent of 531 claims had been assigned in …

Brightway Marketing Manager Mathewson Opens New Agency in Florida

After four years of building Brightway Insurance into a national brand as the company’s marketing manager, Nassau County resident, Lauren Mathewson, has teamed up with her family to open their own Brightway Agency, Brightway, The Coastal Agency in Yulee, Fla. …

EEOC, N.C. Golden Corral Restaurant Settle Harassment, Disability Suit for $85K

Jax, LLC, which operates a Golden Corral restaurant in Matthews, N.C., has agreed to pay $85,000 and provide other relief to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a statement from the federal …

Kentucky City Settles Police Shooting Lawsuit for $1.8M

Louisville officials have settled a lawsuit over a 2017 police shooting for $1.8 million. The Louisville Courier Journal reports the city’s chief financial officer, Daniel Frockt, announced that the lawsuit filed by Bruce Warrick is settled. Warrick was shot by …

West Virginia to Eliminate Workers’ Compensation Defense Division

The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office is eliminating its Division of Employment Programs and Workers’ Compensation Defense, resulting in the loss of 10 jobs. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the division shut down Aug. 6 in response to the state Insurance …

First Month of Georgia Cellphone Ban Nets 900 Driver Citations

A Georgia agency says more than 900 drivers were cited for violating the state’s new law prohibiting handling cellphones behind the wheel during its first month. Georgia on July 1 joined more than a dozen states that make it illegal …

Insurance Agent, Former WWE Wrestler Wins Mayor’s Race in Tennessee

A former WWE wrestler known as Kane has won a “no-holds-barred, last-man-standing” round, this time in the political ring. Glenn Jacobs went by Kane in the WWE. Now the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Republican has the title of Knox County Mayor. Jacobs …

Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty Acquires JEM Insurance of Florida

Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty, Inc. is has acquired JEM Insurance Services, Inc, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. JEM Insurance Services has been serving the South Florida area for over 13 years. The agency offers personal lines business services including …

North Carolina Insurance Fraud Round-Up: July

The North Carolina Department of Insurance announced multiple fraud enforcement actions during the month of July. Insurance fraud costs American consumers approximately $80 billion dollars a year. According to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, fraud costs North Carolinians between …

Wells in Florida Town Test Positive for Chemicals

Low levels of cancer-causing chemicals have been found in three wells of a Florida town. Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker said Wednesday that the chemicals are similar to ones used in fire extinguishing foams, Teflon and other consumer products. …

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