Amy O'Connor

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19 06, 2019

10 Arrests Made in Florida Unlicensed Contractor, Workers’ Comp Fraud Sting

By | June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 10 Arrests Made in Florida Unlicensed Contractor, Workers’ Comp Fraud Sting

Ten individuals have been arrested in a three-day unlicensed contracting and workers’ compensation fraud sting in Pinellas County, Fla., according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. The joint operation between fraud detectives with the Florida Department of Financial …

18 06, 2019

What to Expect from Florida’s AOB Reform Law Taking Effect July 1

By | June 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What to Expect from Florida’s AOB Reform Law Taking Effect July 1

The countdown is on for Florida assignment of benefits (AOB) reform that will take effect July 1, and the insurance industry is getting ready to respond to new requirements as a result of the law as well as evaluating how …

7 06, 2019

Deck Collapse at Alabama Home Kills Child, Injures 2 Others

By | June 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Deck Collapse at Alabama Home Kills Child, Injures 2 Others

A 2-year-old child is dead after a deck full of people collapsed at a home near Birmingham. News outlets quote fire officials as saying about 10 people were on a deck behind a home when the structure collapsed late Tuesday. …

5 06, 2019

How Daubert Standard Could Impact Florida Industry, Judicial Climate

By | June 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Daubert Standard Could Impact Florida Industry, Judicial Climate

The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a prior court’s decision to use a nearly 100-year-old standard on expert witness testimony and instead adopted stricter federal standards currently used by a majority of states. The court, which turned over in January …

17 05, 2019

Update: Georgia Gov Suspends Insurance Commissioner Beck Over Indictment

By | May 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Update: Georgia Gov Suspends Insurance Commissioner Beck Over Indictment

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has suspended Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck from his position while he faces a 38-count indictment from a federal grand jury. On May 16, Kemp issued an executive order suspending Beck, effective immediately. The order came in …

13 05, 2019

Florida Passes ‘Catch All’ Insurance Bill Impacting Surplus Lines, Catastrophe Fund

By | May 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Florida Passes ‘Catch All’ Insurance Bill Impacting Surplus Lines, Catastrophe Fund

A Florida bill that the insurance industry says will help modernize the state’s surplus lines system, as well as impact property insurer contracts under the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and reduce “bad faith” lawsuits, is now awaiting the governor’s signature …

24 04, 2019

Florida Legislature Passes Industry-Backed AOB Reform Bill, Gov Expected to Sign

By | April 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Florida Legislature Passes Industry-Backed AOB Reform Bill, Gov Expected to Sign

After seven years of failed attempts, Florida legislators have passed property insurance reform to address the abuse of a policyholder benefit known as assignment of benefits (AOB). The insurance industry and consumers advocates say the abuse has caused higher insurance …

18 04, 2019

Florida AOB Reform Bill Passes Final Committee, Heads to Full Senate

By | April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Florida AOB Reform Bill Passes Final Committee, Heads to Full Senate

A bill the Florida insurance industry says will help reign in assignment of benefits abuse that is plaguing the state and raising insurance costs has passed its final committee in the Florida Senate and is now headed to the full …

10 01, 2019

Brightway Goes ‘All In’ on Independent Agents, Unveils No-Cost Path to Agency Ownership

By | January 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Brightway Goes ‘All In’ on Independent Agents, Unveils No-Cost Path to Agency Ownership

On the heels of celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Brightway Insurance, a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies, has unveiled a no-upfront cost program for independent insurance agents that offers a path to …

6 12, 2018

2 Tornadoes Cause Damage in Alabama

By | December 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2 Tornadoes Cause Damage in Alabama

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Alabama last weekend. The emergency management director for Dothan and Houston County, Chris Judah, says a weak twister hit Dothan early Sunday. Judah tells the Dothan …