Flexpoint Ford makes insurance news with acquisition of GeoVera

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The private equity firm has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase the insurer. Flexpoint Ford has just announced that it will be acquiring the California insurance company, GeoVera from the affiliates of Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, LLC, and Hellman & Friedman LLC. The financial details have not yet been disclosed, and the transaction is dependent on the completion of certain typical regulatory approvals and closing conditions, which should be finished by this summer. The private equity firm of Flexpoint Ford has a special focus on the healthcare…

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California insurance regulators target GeoVera Insurance, imposing fines and requiring the company to make changes to underwriting

California insurance regulators have taken action against GeoVera Insurance Co., providers of residential earthquake insurance, this week. Regulators took notice of the company after having received a multitude of complaints from policyholders. According to these complaints, the insurer’s underwriting procedures are not as adequate as they are supposed to be. Regulators have investigated the matter and found that the insurer’s practices were indeed falling short of the state’s standards. GeoVera will be facing major changes as regulators look to make the company more compliant with state laws. The insurer will…

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Colorado continues to be rocked by aftershocks from last week’s quake, insurers highlighting the importance of protection

Last week, Colorado was rocked by a magnitude-5.3 earthquake that went largely unnoticed as it was a mere two hours before the now infamous Virginia earthquake. Both events triggered mild panic and dismay due to their rarity. While Virginia and its neighboring states have been rattled by a handful of weak aftershocks, Colorado has been shaken by a total of 13 so far. Insurance companies are taking this opportunity to promote earthquake coverage in the hopes of bolstering the meager number of such policies nationwide. Colorado’s quake was the largest…

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Should you have additional earthquake insurance?

The August 23, 2011 earthquake on the East Coast seems to have opened the eyes of the country to show them that California isn’t the only state that can experience a quake. This is making an increasing number of people wonder if earthquake insurance should be added to their coverage, even if they’re not living in a zone that they’d previously considered to be seismically active. Reports poured in from Georgia, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, and other areas, saying that they also felt the tremors. Though there has not been…

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Earthquake authority proposes new law to make insurance coverage more affordable

The East Coast was rattled by an unexpected and rare earthquake this week. The seismic event sowed worry amongst a populace that has never experience such a thing before. The manner in which residents of the East Coast reacted to the quake drew criticisms from Californians, most of whom are accustomed to such events. Despite earthquakes being common in the state, the California Earthquake Authority is taking this opportunity to spread awareness of earthquake insurance. Given the frequency of earthquakes on the West Coast, one would think that earthquake insurance…

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California fault line research reveals how far away earthquakes effect us

  A United States Geological Survey (USGS) team has been working with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) to study what effect a large quake has in triggering smaller, slow moving tremors, deep along the San Andreas Fault line. It is possible that a sizeable quake far away could trigger episodes deep in the San Andreas Fault line.   An earthquake is a vibration that travels through the earth’s crust. This is usually the result of movement in pieces of the earth’s surface, called tectonic plates. Other things can…

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