19 07, 2019

Catalina Holdings Appoints Ryland from Armour as Chief Executive of Catalina UK

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Legacy acquisition firm Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. announced the appointment of Steve Ryland as chief executive of Catalina UK. With over 30 years of insurance and reinsurance experience, Ryland joins the business from Armour where he was a member of …

19 07, 2019

Chair Maker Blamed in Michigan Fire That Killed Record-Setting Cats

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The suburban Detroit owners of two record-setting cats killed in a house fire have filed a lawsuit blaming the maker of a massage chair for the blaze. William and Lauren Powers of Farmington Hills seek more than $1 million in …

19 07, 2019

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires DPI Benefits in Kansas

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Manhattan, Kansas-based Darrell Phillips Inc., dba DPI Benefits. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Operating since 2008, DPI Benefits is an independent benefits broker and consultant offering qualified retirement plans and group …

19 07, 2019

Risk Placement Services Expands Lawyers Liability Program to New York, Texas

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois-based Risk Placement Services (RPS) has expanded its exclusive admitted lawyers professional liability program into New York and Texas, states considered to have the largest number of attorneys in the U.S. With the product expansion, independent agents and …

19 07, 2019

Nearly 3 Dozen Injured in Scooter Crashes in North Carolina Cities Since 2018

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State records show that nearly three dozen people have been injured in scooter crashes in two North Carolina cities since early 2018. Citing numbers from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, The Charlotte Observer reports 16 people were hurt in …

19 07, 2019

Southern Fidelity Insurance Expands into Mississippi

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Southern Fidelity Insurance Co. has expanded into Mississippi and will offer HO-3 homeowners coverage and customer service in the state. Southern Fidelity was founded in 2005 by Jimmy Graganella in Tallahassee, Fla. Since then, the company has grown its financial …

19 07, 2019

Texas Supreme Court Closes ‘Trapdoor’ of Pretrial Negligence Admission Requests

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Insurance companies should take note of a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Texas that closes a “trapdoor” pretrial discovery gambit by plaintiffs’ lawyers that exposed defendants to sanctions for denying negligence in pretrial requests for admissions and then …

19 07, 2019

Mississippi City Sues FEMA for $15M Over Post-Katrina Recovery Project

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A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is suing a federal agency that rejected expenses for a Hurricane Katrina recovery project. Biloxi is seeking $15.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for drainage, water and sewer systems, the Sun …

19 07, 2019

Calif.’s Top Comp Judge Urges Attorneys to be Civil

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ANAHEIM, California — The Division of Workers’ Compensation has assigned a California Highway Patrol officer to each of the state’s 22 Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board offices after a handful of violent attacks against lawyers. But sometimes it’s the lawyers themselves …

19 07, 2019

Environmentalists Lose Bid to Restore EPA Ban on Chlorpyrifos Pesticide

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will not ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to health issues in children, from use on U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables. The agency denied the petition by a …