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Tennessee Department Obtains $11.5M for Policyholders in Insurance Claims Disputes

The Tenneesse Department of Commerce and Insurance secured a record $11.5 million for policyholders in 2022, after mediating complaints about insurers. The department’s insurance services team mediated 3,249 complaints last year, resulting in numerous claims denials being overturned or additional …

Florida Approves New WC Rule: Carriers Must Verify Subcontractor Employees

The National Council on Compensation Insurance has laid down the law, requiring Florida workers’ compensation insurers to verify employees before arbitrarily charging premium for subcontractors’ exempt officers. The question now is, will insurers abide or will they choose to ignore …

25 Charged in Fake Nursing Diploma Scheme in South Florida

Federal authorities in Florida have charged 25 people with participating in a wire fraud scheme that created an illegal shortcut for aspiring nurses to get licensed and find employment. Recently unsealed federal grand jury indictments allege the defendants took part …

Residents Told Structure Had No Insurance After Fire Destroys Miami Apartment Complex

More than 100 people in Miami are looking for new homes after a fire destroyed dozens of units at an apartment complex this week. Residents said they were doubly incensed after learning that the complex had no property insurance. Local …

SC Workers’ Comp Commission Holds Hearing on New Medical Provider Fees

The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission will hold a hearing Feb. 13 on the proposed, 2023 medical service provider manual, which includes new fee schedules and an anesthesia conversion factor. FairHealth, consultants hired in several states to analyze workers’ compensation …

SC Supreme Court: Missed Deadline Not Reason to Dismiss Workers’ Comp Fee Appeal

Judges are often sticklers for court deadlines, but they have to at least give a reason for dismissing a case when a lawyer fails to file a brief on time, the South Carolina Supreme Court said this month in a …

Alabama City Starts $10M Upgrade to Failing Sewer System

Federal and state officials on Friday marked the start of a $10 million project aimed at repairing and upgrading an Alabama community’s failing sewer system that has left residents dealing with pools of raw sewage at their homes. The project …

Administrator Releases Financial Plan for Jackson’s Shaky Water System

The interim manager appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the troubled water system in Mississippi’s capital city released a new financial plan Friday to change the way Jackson bills for water and to spend hundreds of millions …

Video Evidence Questions Alex Murdaugh’s Claimed Timeline in SC Murder Trial

Alex Murdaugh’s comments to police about his whereabouts around the time his wife and son were fatally shot may not have been accurate, according to video evidence presented by prosecutors Friday at the South Carolina attorney’s murder trial. In cross …

Allstate’s Castle Key Plans to Drop 33,000 Condo Policies in Florida

At least one of Allstate Insurance group’s Florida subsidiaries plans to non-renew 33,000 Florida condominium policies, starting in June. In a notice sent to Florida agents this month, Allstate said its Castle Key subsidiary had sent a letter Jan. 11 …

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