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Mississippi AG Sues State Farm, Alleges Katrina Claims Fraud

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. for allegedly shifting hundreds of millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina wind claims to the state by mislabeling them flood claims. The suit, filed in the Circuit …

Former Georgia Mayor Charged With 12 Counts of Insurance Fraud

The former mayor of Milledgeville, Ga., has turned himself in to face a dozen charges of insurance fraud. The Macon Telegraph reports 52-year-old Richard Bentley was booked at Baldwin County Jail on Monday. Officers say Bentley is under arrest for …

Men Indicted for Causing Train Wreck in Insurance Fraud Scheme

Two men in South Carolina face seven federal charges after authorities say they parked a car on train tracks, causing an Amtrak train to derail, then came back and claimed they were injured in the crash. Prosecutors say 33-year-old James …

Florida’s Hurricane-Free Run Has Insurer Bracing for Storms

Florida hasn’t been hit by a hurricane since 2005, the longest stretch in more than a century. Its state-run property insurer isn’t taking any chances. Even though forecasters predict this year will produce the fewest named Atlantic storms since 1997, …

Georgia Patients Risk Fines When Returning to State With Medical Marijuana

Patients who have to go out of state to get cannabis oil say they will face risks and hurdles even after medical marijuana becomes legal in Georgia on Thursday. Gov. Nathan Deal will sign a law that makes it legal …

Former Massey CEO Feared 100 Deaths a Year Before Blast

Former Massey Energy Co. Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship, facing criminal trial over an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, said the year before that he feared a disaster with 100 deaths. “I don’t want to go to 100 …

Atlanta’s Roads Deadly Hotspot for Truck Rollovers

It was almost midnight when Walter Price eased his 18-wheeler into the right lane on Interstate 75 near Atlanta. As he began to bank onto the exit ramp he’d been taking for the past 10 years, Price had no idea …

Jury Orders Chrysler to Pay $150M in Georgia Jeep Fire Death

A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames three years ago after being rear-ended. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay …

Tennessee Receives Disaster Declaration for Winter Storms

President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for several counties that were hit hard by winter storms in February. A statement from the White House says the declaration releases federal aid to help with recovery efforts from severe winter weather …

Fatal North Carolina Scaffold Accident Probe Could Take Months

North Carolina’s workplace safety agency said Tuesday that it may be months before it finishes an investigation into why a scaffold with several men on it broke free from the facade of a high-rise construction project and killed three workers. …

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