February 18, 2020

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:35:28 +0000
Insurance Office of America (IOA) has merged with New Jersey-based RDA Benefit Services, owned by Bob and Nancy Damato. The merger became effective Jan. 1, 2020, and further adds to IOA’s growing team in the Northeast region. RDA has served …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:28:23 +0000
A Massachusetts chemical manufacturing plant re-opened Friday, a day after at least six explosions at the facility forced workers to evacuate and blew a hole in the roof. Seqens North America, formerly PCI Synthesis, in Newburyport, in a statement Frid...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:25:16 +0000
A former Pennsylvania pharmacist is suing the medical marijuana dispensary where she worked on allegations she was fired after refusing to illegally sample the shop’s products. Carol Kopiak, of Wilkes-Barre, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against her former...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:11:26 +0000
The Boy Scouts of America said on Tuesday it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid a flood of lawsuits over allegations of child sexual abuse stretching back decades. The bankruptcy is not expected to affect the organization’s programs, which …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:34:04 +0000
QBE Insurance Group announced that Michael (Mike) Wilkins has been elected to succeed W. Marston (Marty) Becker as chairman of the group board. Wilkins will step into the role of group chairman on March 1, 2020, and Becker will retire …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:04:31 +0000
Swiss Re’s iptiQ and IKEA announced the launch of HEMSÄKER, home insurance that provides accessible protection at an affordable price, said Swiss Re in a statement. HEMSÄKER, which can be purchased online via the IKEA website, was created to extend …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:13:49 +0000
Storm Sabine caused insured losses of 675 million euros ($731 million) in Germany this month, the GDV Insurance Association said on Tuesday, making it the sixth most costly storm in Europe’s largest economy since 2002. Storm Sabine, which was known …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 10:45:07 +0000
Arch Reinsurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bermuda-based Arch Capital Group Ltd., announced it has entered into an agreement in principle to obtain a majority stake in Precision Marketing Asia Pacific (PMAP), subject to regulatory and other approva...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:47:03 +0000
China’s southern province of Hainan has launched the first specially designed insurance product to cover losses incurred by businesses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the banking and insurance regulator said. The scheme has set ...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:06:24 +0000
Singapore’s Great Eastern Holdings Ltd. and Assicurazioni Generali SpA are among potential bidders for the life and general insurance businesses in Malaysia that AXA SA and Affin Bank Bhd. own, according to people familiar with the matter. Great Easter...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:56:40 +0000
A Louisiana appeals court ruled that a former high school student who was hospitalized after being ordered to perform 200 pushups as punishment was rightfully awarded more than $180,000 in damages. Former McKinley High School student Tristen Rushing wa...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:53:17 +0000
A western Iowa school district will pay $4.8 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of 16-year-old girl who died in a 2017 school bus fire that also killed the bus driver. Riverside Community School District has reached …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:51:53 +0000
Two people suffered minor injuries in a fire that destroyed a Fort Dodge, Iowa, towing and auto business in northwestern Iowa, officials said. The fire broke out in the afternoon on Feb. 14 in Mid Iowa Towing, television station KCCI …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:44:56 +0000
The widow of a slain Chicago Police Department commander has filed a lawsuit against the website used to sell the gun tied to her husband’s death. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Erin Bauer and the nonprofit gun control group Brady filed …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:03:40 +0000
Houston’s lack of zoning restrictions has left many residents with neighbors they don’t want: petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous materials. That unease was laid bare again last month when a massive explosion leveled a metal f...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:00:37 +0000
United Valley Insurance Services Inc. has added as a new member Roseville, Calif.-based Peterson & Grantham Insurance Brokers. Curtis Peterson, the sole owner and agency principal, founded the agency in 2008 with Arrow Grantham. The agency has five emp...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:00:32 +0000
For years, Facebook Inc. lobbied governments against imposing tough regulations, warning in some cases that they could harm the company’s business model. Now, it’s pleading for new rules for the good of its business. In a white paper published Monday, …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:00:31 +0000
A Utah county agreed to pay more than $10,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two Idaho State University football players who said they were falsely arrested during a bank robbery investigation. Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoatasi Fox will receive $5,100 …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:00:12 +0000
California Department of Insurance detectives arrested Jonathan Quezada, 28, on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud and workers’ compensation insurance fraud after he allegedly falsified an insurance claim to receive unearned workers’ compensatio...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:59:17 +0000
Chubb has expanded access of its Incident Alert tool to its Excess Casualty clients during catastrophic events. The tool, which has previously been used by Chubb environmental and cyber customers, now can assist Excess Casualty clients during a catastr...
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:40:54 +0000
The trial of an insurance company magnate and two associates on charges they conspired to bribe an elected North Carolina regulator with up to $2 million in campaign money so scrutiny of his businesses would ease is getting started. U.S. …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:31:43 +0000
A large rock slide on a rain-saturated mountain caused a fiery train derailment Thursday morning in eastern Kentucky that briefly trapped two crew members and caused a chemical leak into a river, authorities said. Two crew members of the CSX …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:28:33 +0000
Part of a restaurant ceiling collapsed inside Atlanta’s airport Thursday, leaving a large chunk of it draped over countertops in the dining area. One person was taken to a hospital, and a second person was treated at the scene, airport …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:23:54 +0000
With the waters in the Pearl River continuing to rise in and around Mississippi’s capital city and more rain on the way this week, the governor warned residents that it would be days before flood waters start to recede. Gov. …
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:00:59 +0000
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved a plan for Homeowners Choice Property and Casualty Insurance Company, a subsidiary of HCI Group, to provide replacement policies for Anchor Property and Casualty Insurance Co. policyholders. The a...
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:06:12 +0000
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif./GENEVA, Feb 17 —More than 300 American cruise liner passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were flown home to military bases in the United States after two weeks under quarantine off Japan. The cru...
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:44:26 +0000
A Missouri jury’s $265 million award to peach grower Bill Bader in his lawsuit against herbicide providers Bayer and BASF has raised the stakes for the two companies as at least 140 similar cases head to U.S. courts later this …
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:59:20 +0000
Days of torrential rain across the Southeast left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides Thursday as storms finally subsided. An Alabama town asked residents to cut back on water usage after a pumping station …
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:57:43 +0000
Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednes...
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:33:43 +0000
A Kirkwood, Mo., man has been sentenced to 48 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $3.8 million in restitution after being convicted of stealing that amount from his former employer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern …