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Report Finds Florida Rarely Punishes Doctors Sued for Malpractice

Florida doctors are rarely punished by state regulators even after they are sued for malpractice according to a newspaper report. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Sunday that the Florida Department of Health reviewed nearly 24,000 resolved state and federal …

Insurer Says it Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Mississippi Building Collapse

An insurer says it shouldn’t have to pay for the collapse of a building in a southwest Mississippi city. Hudson Specialty Insurance has sued in federal court in Natchez to nullify its policy, saying the policy was voided after the …

Federal Utility Says $900M to Move Power Plant Ash to Landfill

A federal utility’s top executive estimated Thursday that it would cost $900 million and take 24 years to comply with a court order to move coal ash from unlined and leaking pits and ponds to a lined landfill on the …

Crosswalk Art Poses Safety Hazard

A rainbow-colored crosswalk honoring the LGBT community in Lexington, Kentucky, is a distracting safety hazard and should be removed, a federal official says. Officials painted the crosswalk at a busy intersection across from the county courthouse earlier this year to …

Puerto Rico Seeks $94B Federal Aid After Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion as the island struggles to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria, with much of the U.S. territory without power and thousands still homeless. Ricardo Rosello also …

S.C. State Sen. Campbell Disputes DUI, Lawyer Calls for Resignation

Troopers say a South Carolina state senator charged with driving under the influence had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit, but Sen. Paul Campbell said that doesn’t matter because he wasn’t driving. Campbell’s blood-alcohol level was 0.09 percent on …

Prepare for the Storm of Construction Claims From the 2017 Hurricane Season

The aftermath of this year’s hurricanes includes massive reconstruction across the impacted areas, which in turn creates an increased possibility for construction defect claims that would affect the liability insurance market. When Hurricane Harvey swept over large portions of Texas, …

CoreLogic Estimates Up to $1.35B in Damage From Hurricane Nate

Preliminary loss estimates for Hurricane Nate, including insured and uninsured loss for both residential and commercial properties, and damage from both flood and wind, is estimated to be between $650 million and $1.35 billion, according to global property analytics provider …

NICB: Record Number of Vehicles Damaged by Recent Hurricanes

Flooded vehicles have finally stopped arriving at the Royal Purple Raceway east of Houston. Some 23,000 now await processing and retitling to be auctioned off for parts or to be scrapped. That is just one of several insurance industry salvage …

Decisions Still Pending on 3 Florida FEMA Appeals

Florida communities cleaning up and making repairs after Hurricane Irma may expect the U.S. government to reimburse their costs, but an analysis by The Associated Press shows the Federal Emergency Management Agency make take years to pay those bills – …

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