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Hurricane Hunter Plane to Investigate Tropical Storm Erika in Atlantic

A “Hurricane Hunter” reconnaissance plane headed out Tuesday to investigate Tropical Storm Erika, a disorganized system on a path yet to be pinned down. Erika touched off tropical storm watches on some of the Leeward Islands, which are about 730 …

Underwriters Say Hole-in-Ones at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Classic Too Short

Insurance underwriters claim they shouldn’t be responsible for payouts to golf fans for two holes-in-one made during the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic because the shots weren’t long enough. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the tournament’s underwriters filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday …

Man Says Siri Called 911 and Saved his Life

A Middle Tennessee teen is alive, thanks to Siri. Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray says the voice recognition service on his iPhone – famously named Siri – called emergency dispatchers after his truck fell on him while he tried to make repairs. …

Florida Laws Directed at Reducing Opioid Abuse Reveal Positive Impact

Two Florida laws, enacted to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse in that state, led to a small but significant decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed the first year the laws were in place, a new study by Johns …

Sinkhole-Wrecked Cars Rev up Tourism at Kentucky Corvette Museum

The car-swallowing hole has been fixed but not forgotten at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Yellow tape now marks the boundaries of the cavity that became a sensation and put the museum on the map. And instead of a …

Venue for Tough Mudder Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Dispute

The West Virginia Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether a Northern Panhandle court can hear a lawsuit filed over a man’s death at an endurance event held more than 200 miles away in the Eastern Panhandle. At issue …

Rehearing Request Denied in State Farm Katrina Fraud Case

A federal appeals court has decided that last month’s upholding of a jury’s insurance fraud ruling will stand, allowing whistleblowers who sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. to seek more evidence of fraud after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The Sun …

Sixth Circuit Court Predicts Kentucky Will Reject the Adoption of Reverse Bad Faith

Reverse bad faith refers to a cause of action which would allow the insurance company to assert a counterclaim for affirmative relief against an insured who brought a frivolous, bad faith action. Steven Plitt and Jordan R. Plitt, 1 Practical …

South Carolina Leads Nation in Child Swimming Pool Deaths

It’s been a deadly summer in swimming pools in South Carolina. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the number of children who drowned in pools and spas in the state during July was the highest per capita in …

Insurers Warned to ‘Think Before You Snap’ as Florida Drone Privacy Law Takes Flight

The new Florida drone privacy law could have some unintended consequences for insurers looking to use or insure unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act (FUSA), which took effect in Florida July 1, prohibits a person, …

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