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ER Docs Are Independent Contractors, But Hospital Still Controls, Florida Court Finds

 - 08/16/2022
As in many business and commercial liability disputes, it’s all about the wording of the contract, a Florida appeals court decided in a medical malpractice case that could affect hospitals’ relationships with their doctors. The Latisha Gradia vs. Baptist Hospital …

FBI: Firm Chaired by Former Florida House Speaker Billed County for Hurricane Cleanup

 - 08/16/2022
A Florida company with a former House speaker as a top executive allegedly charged local government millions of dollars for Hurricane Michael cleanup that it never performed, according to an FBI affidavit that was released last week as part of …

Kentucky Governor Says FEMA Denying Too Many Requests for Assistance

 - 08/16/2022
Gov. Andy Beshear complained Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying too many requests for assistance in flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky, and urged those getting turned down to take their cases directly to agency representatives in the region. Offering …

Insurance for Georgia Saltmarshes? Research is Underway

 - 08/16/2022
Conservationists and academics are researching ways to insure sensitive salt marshes in Georgia against degradation and loss, perhaps with parametric policies similar to those used to cover some coral reefs. Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that The Nature Conservancy has teamed …

$16 Million Part of Federal Funding to Aide Florida with Affordable Housing

 - 08/15/2022
The U.S. government is providing almost $12 million to help residents pay rent and mortgages in south Florida, a place that has been called the epicenter of the nation’s affordable housing crisis. The South Florida Times news site reported that …

South Carolina Woman Dies After Being Impaled by Beach Umbrella

 - 08/15/2022
A beachgoer was killed Wednesday after a loose beach umbrella impaled her in the chest, authorities said. The umbrella was blown from its anchoring by the wind around 12:40 p.m. and hit Tammy Perreault while she was at a Garden …

Georgia Dairy Farm Fined After Food Waste Causes Fish Kill

 - 08/15/2022
A Georgia dairy farm has been fined after a release of food waste caused a fish kill, a rare instance of government getting involved with a practice that counties can’t regulate despite chronic complaints from residents. WAGA-TV reports the Georgia …

Southern Baptists Facing Federal Investigation on Alleged Clergy Sex Abuse

 - 08/15/2022
Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention said Friday that several of the denomination’s major entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in the wake of its multiple problems related to clergy sex abuse. The SBC’s Executive Committee …

Two More Appeals Courts Rule Against Businesses in COVID-Interruption Suits

 - 08/12/2022
Federal and state appeals courts in two Southeastern states have ruled against pandemic-affected businesses, adding to the list of decisions that have found that insurance policies cover only physical damages. In South Carolina, the state Supreme Court this week became …

Florida’s Citizens Tops 1 Million Policies, Making it Largest in State by a Third

 - 08/12/2022
Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp., created by lawmakers as a last-resort option, has become the largest property insurer in the state with more than 1 million policies in force – and growing. Stakeholders did not celebrate the milestone and some …

Officers Exempt from Workers’ Comp But Some Carriers Charging Anyway?

 - 08/12/2022
Tradespeople who call themselves and their workers “independent contractors” have long been an issue for the workers’ compensation industry, often cutting carriers out of premium and leaving injured workers without coverage. Some in the industry now worry, though, that at …

Assistance Also Available for Renters in Flooded Eastern Kentucky

 - 08/11/2022
Federal assistance is available not just for homeowners, but also for renters whose homes and property were damaged by recent floods in eastern Kentucky. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said individual assistance is available to renters as well as homeowners …

Florida Claims Litigation Dropped in July, but AOB Share Continues to Rise

 - 08/11/2022
The volume of claims litigation in Florida rose in June then declined in July by almost the same amount. But the share of cases that are assignment-of-benefits claims rose to the highest level since early 2021, a litigation management software …

Alabama Deputy Shoots Man Who Pointed Modified Flare Gun After Traffic Stop

 - 08/11/2022
An Alabama deputy shot and killed a man who pointed a modified flare gun at him after fleeing a traffic stop, law enforcement officials said. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s office said Marty Hutto, 50, was shot and killed Saturday after …

Higginbotham Adds Another with Acquisition of Holman in Georgia

 - 08/11/2022
Higginbotham, an independent insurance and human resources firm, has kept up its pace of steady growth with the recent acquisition of Georgia-based Holman and Co., a broker of commercial and personal lines property and casualty insurance and benefits. Employee-owned Higginbotham, …