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

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 6:17 AM
Texas Supreme Court Closes ‘Trapdoor’ of Pretrial Negligence Admission Requests
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 …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 6:14 AM
Southern Fidelity Insurance Expands into Mississippi
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 …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 6:13 AM
Nearly 3 Dozen Injured in Scooter Crashes in North Carolina Cities Since 2018
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 …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 6:02 AM
Risk Placement Services Expands Lawyers Liability Program to New York, Texas
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 …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:41 AM
Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires DPI Benefits in Kansas
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 …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:38 AM
Chair Maker Blamed in Michigan Fire That Killed Record-Setting Cats
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 …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:33 AM
Environmentalists Lose Bid to Restore EPA Ban on Chlorpyrifos Pesticide
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 …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:00 AM
Consumer Group Gives California Insurance Commissioner to Month’s End for Contributions Records
A watchdog group has given California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara until July 31 to produce public records related to meetings with insurance industry representatives who reportedly gave him $54,300 in campaign contributions. Santa Monica, Calif.-based Consumer Watchdog on Thursday issued …

POSTED JULY 18, 2019 9:44 PM
Report: California Wildfires Will Get Worse, Blame Climate Change
Hot, dry weather in California has resulted in a dramatic increase in wildfires. It will get worse – and you can blame climate change, according to a new report out. The report, Observed impacts of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire …

POSTED JULY 18, 2019 8:20 PM

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