August 21, 2019

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:28:24 +0000
The South Carolina Attorney General’s office has filed a lawsuit against major opioid distribution companies, claiming the businesses are partially responsible for the opioid crisis. News outlets report Attorney General Alan Wilson filed the lawsuit la...
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:18:23 +0000
Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. has sued an Alabama contractor over a spill that threatened gasoline supplies along the East Coast three years ago. The pipeline operator contends faulty work by the Birmingham-based Ceco Pipeline Services caused a c...
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:16:03 +0000
Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance, has appointed James Goodliffe to the role of senior underwriting officer within its Financial Risk Solutions (FRS) Multi-Buyer Trade Credit practice. He is based in Chicago. Goodliffe w...
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:13:49 +0000
An Iowa-based grocery store chain is warning customers about what it says is a security incident involving payment card systems. Hy-Vee said in a news release that it launched an investigation after it detected unauthorized activity on some of its …
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:06:17 +0000
In response to rising wildfire activity across the state, the Texas A&M Forest Service is opening the Austin Airtanker Base at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Significant fire activity has increased recently, particularly in northwest Texas, Ce...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 23:44:37 +0000
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California on Tuesday submitted its Jan. 1, 2020, pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance, proposing advisory pure premium rates that are an average of 5.4% less than the c...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:47:15 +0000
Everest Insurance said Kyle Adams has joined to lead the its Bermuda operations. In this role, Adams will focus on establishing and growing Everest’s Bermuda Insurance operations. Adams comes to Everest with 20 years of experience, including a decade o...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:31:46 +0000
The lightning strike that triggered Britain’s biggest blackout in more than a decade has also spawned a flurry of investigations by groups ranging from the government to railway operators. National Grid Plc’s preliminary report published by the regulat...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:22:53 +0000
RSA Insurance Group Plc is issuing sterling debt well ahead of an October 31 Brexit deadline, even though the U.K. insurer will likely fare better in a disorderly exit than many of its less-diversified peers. The company has reopened the …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:21:12 +0000
Louisiana U.S. Rep. Garret Graves says Livingston Parish will receive a $5.3 million federal grant to fund the elevation of 88 homes that were substantially damaged during the 2016 flood. Graves says the money is part of the $300 million …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:19:27 +0000
Three former table servers are suing owners and managers of an iconic Louisiana restaurant, claiming managers pressured them to work for no pay. The Advocate reported the lawsuit against The Chimes was filed last week in federal court in Baton …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:17:26 +0000
Illinois alleges that a company that provides water to a Chicago suburb made changes without permission from state regulators that caused lead to contaminate the village’s drinking water. Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a lawsuit against Aqua Illino...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:12:04 +0000
Germany’s TÜV SÜD has pulled out of conducting safety assessments of dams after the collapse of a Brazilian dam it had vetted killed almost 250 people in January, the industrial inspection firm’s chief executive told Reuters. The collapse of the …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:02:25 +0000
U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp is exploring a sale of its group benefits insurance business, which could be valued at as much as $6 billion, four people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The unit for sale offers disability …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:52:49 +0000
Victims of the second-most destructive fire in California history will get a chance to try and persuade a jury that PG&E Corp. should pay them as much as $18 billion in damages. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali on Friday lifted …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:43:47 +0000
Phoenix, Ariz.-based CopperPoint Insurance Cos. has named Barb Fuchs senior vice president of data management. Fuchs will serve as the business lead for CopperPoint’s enterprise data warehouse program. She was most recently vice president of informatio...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:27:10 +0000
How much did your agency grow last year? How about in the past five years? If your answer is anything less than 10%, then this article is for you. In it, I want to share with you three keys to …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:10:43 +0000
A civil trial that began on Tuesday will determine whether insurance companies must cover an $85,000 claim from a Vermont man for his boat, which sank nearly three years ago off the New England coast. Insurers are refusing to pay …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:07:10 +0000
The veteran insurance consultant who has overseen the rollout of an assistance program for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations says he’s stepping aside. Michael Maglaras, superintendent of the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Co...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:04:27 +0000
Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners), an insurance brokerage and risk management firm headquartered in Tampa, Fla., has appointed Rich Thompson to managing advisor. Thompson joined BKS-Partners in 2015 as an Employee Benefits advisor. He is ...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:03:34 +0000
After protesters disrupted construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota by chaining themselves to construction equipment and pitching tents along the route, oil and chemical companies found a way to keep it from happening again. They made it a …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:47:31 +0000
A federal judge has sentenced an Opelika, Alabama, woman to prison for embezzling more than $600,000 from volunteer fire departments in Alabama. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said Wednesday that a judge sentenced 63-year-old Andrea Payne to 42 months for …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:41:06 +0000
The Hilb Group LLC (THG) has acquired Tennessee-based Mackie Financial Group LLC (MFG). The transaction became effective August 1, 2019. MFG is a full-service agency primarily providing insurance for employee benefits, Medicare Supplemental/Advantage, ...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:37:14 +0000
Workers’ compensation specialist The MEMIC Group has appointed Kim Wilson to the role of senior production underwriter to support continued growth in the Georgia market. Wilson has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry working for ...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:33:31 +0000
Blank Rome LLP has announced that Partner Helen K. Michael has joined the firm’s Insurance Recovery group based in its Washington, D.C., office. Michael joins from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where she served as former co-chair of the firm’s …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:25:30 +0000
Liberty Mutual Surety has appointed Douglas Schrift and charged him with developing the company’s Subcontractor Default Insurance (SDI) offering. SDI is a two-party catastrophic insurance coverage that protects general contractors from losses due to a ...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:16:50 +0000
In the first half of 2019, the North American robotics market is up 7.2%. From January to June, North American companies ordered 16,488 robots, valued at $869 million. For all of 2018, orders totaled 28,478, which was 16 percent more …
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:57:32 +0000
The number of wildfires in Louisiana has dropped significantly over the past decade, agriculture and forestry officials say. According to records, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) firefighters battled and suppressed 1,638 wildfir...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:41:37 +0000
U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show Ohio farmers have been hit with the state’s worst weather-prevented planting season on record. The Columbus Dispatch reports the data released this week shows Ohio had the highest rate nationally of acreage o...
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:28:50 +0000
West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. in West Bend, Wisconsin, has promoted five company executives. Heather Dunn is now senior vice president, as well as chief financial officer, a position she’s held since 2017. Dunn joined West Bend in 2008 as …

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