Citizens Insurance is still battling thousands of Hurricane Irma lawsuits

Citizens Insurance - Hurricane Irma - Home Destruction

The Florida insurer of last resort is still grappling with legal challenges from two years ago. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and state lawmakers recently approved a Citizens Insurance overhaul plan. The overhaul redesigned the controversial “assignment of benefits” practice. It also added new restrictions regarding lawsuits that can be filed against insurance companies. The state-backed insurance company will still need to deal with its thousands of existing lawsuits. Citizens Insurance is still attempting to work its way through thousands of existing lawsuits. These were filed well before the overhaul was…

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Health insurance for illegal immigrants to be a US first in California

Health insurance for illegal immigrants - Approval in California

The state is setting itself up to become the first in the country to cover undocumented residents. A new budget deal now has the nod from California lawmakers, setting the scene to make the state the first in the country to offer health insurance for illegal immigrants. This bill would make it possible for adults living illegally in the U.S. to purchase health plans. The health insurance for illegal immigrants benefits were a component of a broad-reaching plan for how the state will spend $213 billion of federal and state…

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Thousands of tornado insurance claims filed after Ohio devastation

Tornado Insurance Claims - Disaster left after Tornado

Local insurers and agents have been assisting policyholders with damaged homes, vehicles and businesses. Policyholders in Ohio are encouraged to begin filing their tornado insurance claims following the storms last week. The twisters hit on Monday night and damaged homes, cars and businesses. Insurance companies are expecting thousands of claims and agents are bracing to assist them all. Insurers such as Allstate, State Farm, and Farmers have been fielding ceaseless client calls. “When the devastation is this much, it’s like nothing any of us in our area has really seen,”…

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Missouri Attorney General issues insurance scam warning after natural disasters

Insurance scam warning - Tornado damage

AG Eric Schmitt has warned consumers about fraud and price gauging following tornadoes and flooding. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has issued an insurance scam warning following recent ongoing flooding in the state and the tornado in Jefferson City last week. Schmitt cautioned consumers to be vigilant of scammers when repairs are needed. Schmitt used his insurance scam warning to express his concern regarding price gauging and scammers on the heels of natural disasters in Missouri. He warned people across the state to be wary of construction fraud, price gauging,…

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Allstate made the most talkworthy insurance marketing campaign

Insurance marketing campaign - chalkboard - Services

The video game industry and the insurance industry portion of financial services marketed successfully. The most talkworthy insurance marketing campaign was created by Allstate, which beat out all other campaigns in the financial industry. At the same time, PlayStation accomplished the same thing within the video game industry. This, according to a recent analysis by Engagement Labs. These companies created the campaigns about which people were talking the most. The MIT Sloan Management Review published analytics demonstrating the way in which discussions with friends, family and coworkers are a driving…

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Mercury Insurance ordered to pay $27.5 million in fines

Mercury Insurance - Lawsuit - Gaval

A California appeals court has ruled in favor of reinstating the penalties against the insurer. In California, a state appeals court has reinstated a fine of $27.5 million in penalties against Mercury Insurance Co. The ruling from earlier this week was the outcome of a case accusing the insurer of charging illegal broker fees. The auto insurance company charged illegal broker fees in 180,000 transactions with its customers. The fees were charged to customers from 1999 through 2004. The fines against Mercury Insurance were originally imposed by the California Department…

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California watchdog group calls for tougher insurance industry rules

Insurance Industry Rules - Business Man

A consumer advocacy group is now petitioning state legislators to reconsider a privacy bill. A California consumer watchdog is petitioning legislators to tighten insurance industry rules. The advocacy group is asking lawmakers to rethink the pending California Consumer Privacy Act. According to the watchdog, the act has the potential to allow insurance companies to sidestep privacy laws. The California Consumer Privacy Act is slated to become effective in January 2020. It was written to provide regulations preventing the sale of consumer personal information from being sold to other companies. It…

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