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Body Shop Owner Challenges Mississippi Insurance Commissioner

Second-term Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is being challenged in the Republican primary by John Mosley, a body shop owner who says insurance companies have gotten away with paying for less-than-perfect replacement parts to repair damaged vehicles. Chaney supporters criticize …

South Florida Beloved by Retirees and Fraudsters

Psssst – Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you’re looking for. Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of …

Georgia Judge Cuts Jeep Fire Death Damages From $150M to $40M

A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million. Decatur County Superior Court Judge J. Kevin Chason also denied …

Florida College Gets Grant to Develop Unmanned Marine Vehicles for Bridge Inspections

The task of inspecting and maintaining Florida’s extensive network of approximately 11,450 bridges is arduous, especially since so many of the state’s bridges span rivers, canals and saltwater areas. Researchers in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida …

A Homeowner Policy’s Vacancy Exclusion Includes Arson in Florida

Homeowner policies contain a vacancy exclusion. Under the terms of the standard vacancy exclusion, damage caused by “vandalism and malicious mischief” are excluded from coverage. However, is arson encompassed within the phrase “vandalism and malicious mischief?” That issue was recently …

Florida Residents Failing Written Driving Test at Higher Rates

Officials for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are re-examining some test questions as more Floridians are failing the revamped written driver’s license test. Three out of every five have flunked through the first six months of …

Researchers Install New Tornado Panels Alabama Home

With the 2011 Alabama tornado catastrophe still lingering in the minds of many, University of Alabama at Birmingham research has led to the creation of new technology designed to help save lives in a natural disaster. In June, UAB’s tornado …

Does Policy Provision Stating the Insurer Will Not Withhold its Consent to Settle Unreasonably Vitiate the Consent to Settlement Requirement?

An interesting question recently came before the Georgia Supreme Court. In Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. v. XL Specialty Ins. Co., 771 S.E.2d 864 (Ga. 2015), the insured Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (Piedmont) had purchased and maintained two insurance …

The Ins and Outs of Bad Faith Claims in Florida

Coverage, liability and damages analyses are the three common themes of Florida third party bad faith cases, according to two southeast Cozen O’Connor defense attorneys. The attorneys presented on the subject during a two-part webinar offering claims handling tips in …

South Carolina Officials Target Heavy Equipment Theft Ring

One man has been jailed and another is being sought as county officials in Florence and Clarendon, South Carolina say they’ve discovered a heavy equipment theft ring that operated in six counties. The Morning News of Florence reported that 31-year-old …

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