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Contractor Charged in $140,000 AOB Fraud Scheme Across 8 Florida Counties

Timothy Matthew Cox, owner of Nationwide Catastrophe Services, Inc. and Restoration Response Services, Inc., was arrested for an alleged Assignment of Benefits (AOB) fraud scheme that impacted 19 homeowners in eight Florida counties and one Texas county, according to an …

Rise in Deadly Crashes Involving Pedestrians Seen in Georgia

So far this year, 111 pedestrians have been killed on state roads – an increase of 16 percent from this time last year, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. In 2017, 260 pedestrians were struck and killed in the …

Mississippi High Court: Pilot Waited too Long to File Lawsuit Over Crash

The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a 2009 helicopter accident that left its pilot partially paralyzed. Justices ruled 6-2 last week that a proper complaint was not filed by Rob Hammons of Greenwood …

WCRI: Tenn. Workers’ Comp Claim Costs Lower After 2013 Reforms

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Tennessee decreased 6 percent in 2015, reflecting in part the impact of reforms enacted in 2013, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study. “Most of the 6 percent …

Florida State Attorney Earns CAIF’s Top Prosecutor National Award

Igniting a statewide crackdown of large-scale corruption in Florida’s drug-rehab industry earned State Attorney Dave Aronberg a national award from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. Palm Beach County’s top elected prosecutor received the Apollo Award for distinction in combating insurance …

Florida Judge Considers Lifting Stay on Smokable Medical Pot

Floridians who are eligible to receive medical marijuana will still have to wait a long time to access smokable products if a judge lifts a stay. An attorney representing the state’s Department of Health said Monday that even if smokabe …

Most Florida Nursing Homes Still Without Backup Power

A government agency reports that most Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities do not have backup power despite new requirements enacted after a dozen people died in a sweltering center following Hurricane Irma. The state Agency for Health Care Administration …

S.C. Supreme Court Says Defense Counsel Can Be Sued for Malpractice by Insurer

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently opined that an insurer can sue an attorney it hired to defend its policyholder for malpractice. The high court in the case of Sentry Select Insurance Company v. Maybank Law Firm, LLC, and Roy …

Florida Makes Few Changes for Upcoming Hurricane Season

Florida’s governor and Legislature promised a dizzying array of fixes following the devastation of last year’s hurricanes. But heading into a new storm season, the state has enacted only a few changes – the largest aimed at protecting seniors in …

Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction Reduced

Subtropical Storm Alberto kicked off the Atlantic hurricane season a week early, but don’t take that as a harbinger of terrible weather. In fact, cooler ocean temperatures are already spurring researchers to scale back forecasts for this year. Expect six …

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