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Chubb Adds Small Business Coverage for Food Service Industry to Digital Platform
July 16, 2019
Chubb has added small business insurance to cover risks faced by the food service industry to its digital platform – the Chubb Marketplace, which features a suite of products for businesses with up to $30 million in revenue. According to …

Court Rules Florida Medical Marijuana Regulations are Unconstitutional
July 16, 2019
A Florida appellate court ruled that the state’s approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country’s most lucrative. If the ruling stands, it could for …

‘Operation Southern Shield’ Speeding Crackdown Underway in 5 Southeast States
July 16, 2019
Law enforcement officers in five southern states are planning a crackdown on speeding motorists next week. State troopers and local officers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee are participating in a speed enforcement campaign …

Study Links Stricter Gun Laws to Lower Risk of Kids’ Deaths by Firearms
July 16, 2019
Children living in states with strict firearm laws are less likely to die from gun violence than those in states with more lax restrictions, according to a study in Pediatrics published Monday. The more rigorous the rules, the lower the …

Dunlap to Head Willis Towers Watson’s Construction Broking in North America
July 16, 2019
Global broker Willis Towers Watson announced the appointment of Jim Dunlap as head of Construction Broking in North America. The portfolio of construction clients includes contractors, project owners, developers, architects and engineers. Dunlap join …

Bayer Vows Appeal After Judge Cuts Roundup Jury Award to $25M from $80M
July 16, 2019
A federal judge on Monday slashed a damages award Bayer AG owed a California man who blamed Roundup weed killer for his cancer, to $25.27 million from $80.27 million, while rejecting the company’s bid for a new trial. U.S. District …

Causey: More Time Needed to Review Proposed North Carolina Homeowners’ Rate Increase
July 16, 2019
North Carolina’s Insurance Commissioner has extended the hearing scheduled for the proposed statewide average 17.4% homeowners’ insurance rate increase by one month from Sept. 4, 2019, to Oct. 2, 2019, saying he needs the additional time to review th …

Harden Expands into South Florida; Taps Beller as Market Leader
July 16, 2019
Harden, an insurance, risk management and employee benefits firm in the Southeast, has formally expanded into the South Florida market with the opening of an office in Fort Lauderdale. The firm currently serves many clients in South Florida, national …

Ripley Entertainment Settles Some Missouri Duck Boat Lawsuits
July 15, 2019
A company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, said that it has settled or is in the process of settling more than half of the lawsuits it faces. KYTV reports …

Virtus Acquires Cobbs Allen’s Kansas City Employee Benefits Unit
July 15, 2019
Insurance brokerage, Virtus, has acquired Cobbs Allen’s Kansas City employee benefits practice. This acquisition supplements Virtus’ Kansas City presence and adds depth and expertise to its employee benefits practice group. Virtus was founded in Kans …

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