Claims Journal » News http://www.claimsjournal.com Insurance news and resources for the claims industry Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:16:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Report Blames Pilot for 2011 Hawaii Helicopter Crash http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/west/2014/07/29/252496.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:16:19 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252496 The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday. Pilot Nathan …

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Oklahoma County to Hold Wildfire Training Exericse http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/29/252494.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:13:30 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252494 A town and county in eastern Oklahoma are teaming up to prepare emergency responders for wildfire outbreaks. The McAlester News-Capital reports the McAlester Police Department and the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office will participate Saturday in a large scale exercise conducted …

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Louisiana Parish Audit Finds Most School Bus Drivers Not Drug-Tested http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/29/252492.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:10:42 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252492 An internal audit has found that the Caddo Parish school system has been testing far fewer bus drivers than it should for drugs and alcohol. Federal regulations require random testing each year of at least half the employees with a …

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Wave-Control Devices Tested at Louisiana’s Shark Island http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/29/252490.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:08:14 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252490 Shark Island in Iberia Parish is the testing ground for three unusual devices meant to help keep Louisiana shorelines from retreating under the relentless waves eating away at the state’s coast. If the devices being used in the project prove …

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Massachusetts Auto Insurance Rates Climbing 5 Years After Deregulation http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2014/07/29/252488.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:03:43 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252488 Auto insurance rates that fell sharply after deregulation in Massachusetts are climbing again. The Boston Globe reports that five years after the state began to allow insurers to set their own rates, the average premium was about the same as …

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Small New Jersey Town Sues Philadelphia Over Fire Boat Damage http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2014/07/29/252486.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:34 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252486 A small New Jersey town is asking a court to find Philadelphia responsible for an accident that caused damage to a fire boat. The suburban community of Westville is suiting over a September 2010 accident during which its fire boat …

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Pennsylvania Lumber Yard Open After $350K Fire http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2014/07/29/252484.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:56:46 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252484 A family-owned lumber yard in western Pennsylvania was open for business two days after a fire caused about $350,000 in a storage building. Officials at Schroth Industries in White Township, Indiana County confirmed they were back in business Monday. Indiana …

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California Senator Wants Criminal Probe Into New Bay Bridge http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/west/2014/07/29/252482.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:55:01 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252482 A California lawmaker is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said a Senate investigative report to be released this week will show …

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Insurer Donates to Tennessee Construction Safety Research Center http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2014/07/29/252480.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:51:58 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252480 A company that provides insurance for contractors has given a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, center dedicated to construction safety research $20,000 to continue its work. Executive Director Ed Taylor says the funds will help the center fund impromptu projects. He …

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Doctors’ Lawyers Say Claims of Botched Circumcision Untrue http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2014/07/29/252451.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:55:42 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252451 Two doctors deny claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision, one of their lawyers said Friday. Defense lawyer Will Axon said allegations in a lawsuit filed this …

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NICB Reports on Mid-Year Status Update on Anti-Fraud Measures http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2014/07/29/252393.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:33:28 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252393 New anti-fraud legislation was passed this year in Colorado, Georgia and Minnesota, according to Tim Lynch, government affairs director at the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Lynch discussed the status of anti-fraud legislation and other NICB efforts during a recent podcast …

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Indiana Family Charged With Arson, Fraud http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/29/252466.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:13:08 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252466 An Indiana mother and daughter have been charged with arson and fraud after family members told police they intentionally set their house on fire to collect insurance money. Police tell The Indianapolis Star that 53-year-old Deborah Willison and 35-year-old Lanna …

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NSU Researcher Part of Team Studying Hurricane Intensity Predictions http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2014/07/29/252457.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:01:29 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252457 They are something Floridians take very seriously– hurricanes. The names roll off the tongue like a list of villains – Andrew, Charlie, Frances and Wilma. In the past 25 years or so, experts have gradually been improving prediction of the …

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RPM International to Resolve Asbestos Claims for $797 Million http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2014/07/29/252455.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:59:37 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252455 RPM International Inc., whose bankrupt Bondex and Specialty Products units may have faced liabilities of more than $1 billion, said it tentatively settled asbestos claims for $797.5 million. The money, allocated over a four-year period, will go into a trust …

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Mississippi Woman Gets Six Months Prison Time for Oil Spill Fraud http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2014/07/29/252453.htm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:57:55 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=252453 A Mississippi woman has been sentenced to serve six months in federal prison for submitting false claims to get oil spill recovery money. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Katisha Lombardo Deroche of Bay St. Louis was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District …

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