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Federal Judge Says RICO Lawsuit vs. United P&C Must be Revised

A federal judge in Tampa has ordered a roofing contractor to revise its lawsuit complaint, which alleges racketeering law violations against United Property & Casualty Co., after the original complaint failed to meet federal court rules. “Upon review, the Court …

Georgia Governor Wants to Pay off $150 Million State Workers’ Comp Backlog

Thanks to an unexpectedly large state budget surplus for 2021, Georgia’s governor wants to pay off a $150 million backlog of workers’ compensation benefits due to state employees. Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget director said last week that the surplus, partly …

West Virginia Aims To Launch Mutual Insurance Company for Mine Reclamation

The West Virginia Senate appears poised to pass a bill that would create a mutual insurance company dedicated to coal mine reclamation costs. Senate Bill 1, backed by Senate President Craig Blair, would help the state avoid what Blair has …

Florida Rate Hearing Highlights Southern Fidelity’s Dire Position, Lack of Action on Senate Bill

The head of one of the larger property insurance companies in Florida said Friday that without a doubling of some of its rates, it will be forced to seek more capital from investment firms, a prospect that may not be …

Mississippi Moves Closer to Medical Marijuana

Mississippi is moving closer to joining most other states in allowing people to use marijuana to relieve medical conditions. The state House voted 104-14 Wednesday to pass a bill that would create a medical marijuana program. The bill passed the …

Mississippi Supreme Court Finds Assault at Job Covered by Workers’ Comp

A man gets assaulted at work by two co-workers. Is the man’s recourse for his injuries limited only to the exclusive remedy of the workers’ compensation system? The Mississippi Supreme Court this month said, “yes,” despite the employee’s claims of …

People Moves: Wright Flood Names LaTour VP; Two Elevated at Skyward

Wright Flood, which offers a number of flood insurance products, announced that Angie LaTour has been hired as vice president of sales and marketing. LaTour has 27 years’ experience in property and casualty insurance, including flood, auto, home and commercial …

Florida Senate Votes to Keep Insurers’ Fraud Reports Exempt from Open Records

The 2022 Florida Senate has passed its first bill that affects insurance companies, but the measure has little to do with losses, rates or litigation costs. On Wednesday, by a vote of 35-0, the chamber approved Senate Bill 7016, which …

Appeals Court Clears The Hartford on Most BP Oil Spill Cleanup Workers’ Injury Claims

Navigators Insurance, part of The Hartford, does not have to cover most medical and injury claims from 2,000 workers who cleaned beaches after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal appeals court decided Wednesday. In …

Tennessee Jury Awards $9 Million to Man Who Sipped Cleaning Fluid at Restaurant

A Tennessee jury has awarded damages far above what the plaintiff asked for, after finding the Cracker Barrell restaurant company at fault for allowing a customer to accidentally drink a cleaning compound. The customer, William Cronnon, was having lunch in …

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