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Reliance Partners Adds Copeland to Leadership Team in Tennessee
Reliance Partners has expanded its leadership team with the addition of veteran insurance professional Stephen Copeland as senior director of Customer Service. Copeland has more than 20 years of industry experience, which includes independent agency management as the commercial lines …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 4:31 AM
UNC Health Warns Prenatal Patients of Possible Medical Info Leak
University of North Carolina Health Care System has sent out a letter alerting its prenatal patients that their confidential medical information may have been shared with their home county by mistake. On Monday, the UNC Health Care System sent letters …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 4:23 AM
Chubb Introduces Online Workers’ Comp Policy System for Small Business Agents
Chubb has introduced a new online system for independent agents that will quote and issue a comprehensive workers’ compensation policy for small businesses. Chubb’s workers’ compensation policy for small business owners targets a range of industries, with coverage features such …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 4:20 AM
Florida Man Arrested for Setting Car on Fire to Collect Insurance Payout
A resident in Orange County, Florida, is alleged to have committed an insurance scheme that included having his car stolen and destroyed to collect an insurance payout. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the recent arrest of Michael Abrams on …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 4:09 AM
Alabama Confirms Bird Flu in 2 Poultry Flocks
Alabama officials have confirmed bird flu in two poultry flocks, just a week after three commercial breeders had to kill their chickens across the state line in Tennessee. The state veterinarian announced that chickens are under quarantine after testing positive …

POSTED MARCH 23, 2017 3:42 AM
California Congressmen Introduce Earthquake Mitigation Tax Incentives
A pair of Congressmen from California today introduced the Earthquake Mitigation Incentive and Tax Parity Act of 2017 to exclude incentives for residential seismic retrofits from federal taxation. The act was introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and Paul …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 8:32 PM
Washington Commissioner Supporting Strict Distracted Driving Bills
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is advocating for two distracted driving bills that the state Legislature is considering. House Bill 1371, sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, and Senate Bill 5289, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, would make the law about …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 7:26 PM
Supreme Court Rules Garment Design Elements Copyrightable
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that basic elements in cheerleader uniform designs merit copyright protection, handing a victory to the top American maker of the garments in a decision with serious implications for the fashion industry. The justices ruled 6-2 to …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 7:24 PM
California Workers’ Comp Report Looks at Spinal Fusion Claims
A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 7:18 PM
Bickmore in California Names Sharma Finance Manager
Sacramento, Calif.-based Bickmore has named Ritesh Sharma a manager in its finance and accounting services department. Sharma will act as the finance manager for three joint power authorities. He will direct accounting and financial activities and serve as the primary …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 7:06 PM
Insurance Information Institute Names Palmer as Head of Communications
Kristin S. Palmer has been named senior vice president and head of Communications at the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Palmer was previously vice president, Media Relations, for the AARP, a nonprofit organization for retirees with nearly 38 million members. During her time at AARP, …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 4:47 PM
10 More Facts on How Employee Substance Misuse Impacts Businesses
More than 70 percent  of U.S. employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, according to a recent survey by the National Safety Council. The survey also found that although 71 percent of employers agree that prescription …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:45 PM
Fatal Allergic Reaction Leads to Suit Against Louisiana Doughnut Shop
A Georgia man is suing a Louisiana doughnut shop over claims that his father died of an allergic reaction after eating an apple fritter. The son’s attorneys on filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dynasty Donuts LLC, a Lafayette company …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:31 PM
T-Mobile 911 Disruptions in Dallas Offer Cautionary Tale
Dallas has been experiencing disruptions in its 911 service that began in October and at one point last week resulted in 360 calls being placed on hold. More dispatchers have been assigned to field 911 calls and technological glitches have …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:28 PM
California City Seeks to Improve Safety by Scaning License Plates
A California city plans to scan the license plates of all incoming cars by placing stationary cameras at key intersections in a bid to boost public safety. The seaside city of Carlsbad will spend $1 million to add cameras at …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:17 PM
9 Homes Destroyed in Oklahoma Wildfire
Fire officials are suggesting a blaze that has destroyed at least nine homes in eastern Oklahoma and forced the evacuation of more than 100 others may have been intentionally set. Highway 9 Volunteer Fire Department chief Danny Choate told KOKI-TV …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:17 PM
Former County Commissioner in Oregon Counter Sues in Marijuana Case
A former Jackson County commissioner accused in a lawsuit of bilking investors to finance a pot shop has filed a counterclaim. Doug Breidenthal filed the lawsuit contending his professional reputation has been damaged, the Mail Tribune reported. “As a result …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:14 PM
Overland Park, Kansas, Apartment Building Fire Ignites Houses
A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The eight-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. on March 20 at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park, …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:14 PM
Travel Businesses in California’s Big Sur Community Reeling After Bridge Closure
Almost all the hotels, restaurants and state parks cut off when a bridge on the Central California coast crumbled last month remain closed, but Kurt Mayer chose to keep his deli and taproom open — even though it’s costing him. …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:10 PM
Illinois Places Public Service Insurance Co. into Rehabilitation
The Illinois Department of Insurance reported that Public Service Insurance Co. (Public Service) and its parent corporation Public Service Mutual Holding Co. have been placed into rehabilitation. Policies will continue in force and policyholder claims will continue to be paid …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 3:09 PM
Pinnacol Issues $50M in Workers’ Comp Dividends to Colorado Employers
Colorado workers’ compensation insurer Pinnacol Assurance is distributing $50 million in dividend checks this month to its policyholders. More than 53,000 employers throughout the state — roughly 94.2 percent of the company’s policyholders — will receive a dividend in recognition …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 2:52 PM
Swiss Re Names Mitchell as Head of Property & Specialty Reinsurance
Swiss Re announced that Mike Mitchell, currently head Property Underwriting and Property & Casualty Facultative, Asia, will succeed Edouard Schmid as Swiss Re’s head Property & Specialty Reinsurance, effective July 1, 2017. He will also serve as a member of …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 2:47 PM
R&Q Acquires Captive Insurer from Fortune 500 Engine Manufacturer
Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd. (R&Q) announced the acquisition of ICDC Ltd., a captive insurer of an American Fortune 500 company, for an undisclosed sum. The name of the former parent of the captive was not released. The company, …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 2:25 PM
Supreme Court OK with Delay in Bringing Patent Infringement Suits
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday in a lawsuit over adult diapers will make it more difficult for companies accused of patent infringement to shoot down lawsuits because the plaintiffs waited too long to bring them. In a 7-1 decision, the justices …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 2:03 PM
RSA Begins Trading on London Market Placing Platform, PPL
International insurer RSA has begun trading on the London insurance market’s electronic placing platform, PPL (Placing Platform Ltd.), which enables brokers and underwriters to quote, negotiate, bind and endorse business using one market-wide system. RSA’s Profin underwriting team is now …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 1:48 PM
Backers of Legal Pot Urge Massachusetts Panel to Hold Off on Changing Law
Backers of legalized recreational marijuana urged Massachusetts legislators Monday to hold off, at least for now, on making any significant changes to a law voters approved in November. The appeal came during the first public hearing held by a special …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 1:40 PM
From Fiduciary Rule to Overtime: What to Expect from Trump Labor Nominee Acosta
By the time President Donald Trump’s first nominee for labor secretary withdrew from consideration, there was little doubt where he stood on the big issues facing the department. In contrast, his replacement, Alexander Acosta, heads into his hearing Wednesday with …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 1:29 PM
Virginia Governor Signs Bill Giving $1.55M to Exonerated Man
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill to provide $1.55 million to a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Keith Allen Harward was released from prison in April 2016 at …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 1:13 PM
Technology Being Blamed for Driving Up Massachusetts Car Insurance Rates
Auto insurance rates in Massachusetts are on the rise and technology is to blame. Industry experts tell The Boston Globe that drivers distracted by smartphones are crashing more often and those cars are now more expensive to repair because they’re loaded …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 1:07 PM
Thunderstorms Just as Costly to Insurers as Hurricanes: Study
Risk to U.S. property from thunderstorms is as high as from hurricanes, according to new research finding that for the past decade, severe convective storms have been the largest annual aggregated risk peril to the U.S. insurance industry. The average annual …

POSTED MARCH 22, 2017 12:55 PM

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