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Jessica Looman appointed Minnesota Insurance Commissioner

Mike Rothman has announced that he will be stepping down as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce effective November 17, 2017. Jessica Looman has been appointed as the new Commissioner. Serving as the Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry at the time of this appointment, her role with the DLI […]

Gary Anderson has been appointed Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance

Gary Anderson has been appointed the Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance.  He has served as the acting Commissioner of the Division of Insurance since February 24, 2017, and previously served in this role from January 2015 to April 2015.  The Division of Insurance is responsible for regulation of the insurance industry and protection of consumers. Gary […]

Scott White is new Virginia Insurance Commissioner

The Virginia State Corporation Commission has appointed Scott White Commissioner of the Virginia Bureau of Insurance effective January 1, 2018.  He succeeds the retiring Jacqueline Cunningham.  The bureau licenses, regulates, investigates and examines insurance companies, agencies and agents on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia with a staff of about 195 state […]

Jessica Altman appointed as Acting Insurance Commissioner by Pennsylvania Governor Wolf

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Appoints Altman as Acting Insurance Commissioner Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced that Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller has been appointed as the new Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Jessica Altman has been appointed the Acting Insurance Commissioner. Jessica Altman has been Commissioner Miller’s Chief of Staff since June 2015. […]

Ohio allows combo Auto Insurance Cancel Notice & Bill

Ohio’s House Bill 49, has been enacted with an effective date of September 29, 2017, and includes provisions that allow insurance companies to send notices of cancellation for nonpayment of premium with a billing notice. This bill adds to ORC Section 3937.25 and Section 3937.32: “An insurer may include a notice of cancellation of a […]

Mopeds covered by Uninsured & Underinsured Insurance in South Carolina

South Carolina Auto Insurance must cover moped use under the uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage. On June 21, 2017, South Carolina Director of Insurance Ray Farmer issued Bulletin Number 2017-03.  Mopeds are now included in the definition of a motor vehicle for the purposes of uninsured and underinsured motor vehicle insurance coverages (only) pursuant […]

Nancy Atkins appointed Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance on May 1

Nancy G. Atkins was appointed commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance on May 1.  Formerly the Deputy Commissioner, she has worked in the insurance industry for 33 years, both as an agent and employee benefit manager. Before joining the Department of Insurance, she was director of sales and marketing at Bluegrass Family Health Inc.  […]

Chlora Lindley-Myers, new Director of the Missouri Department of Insurance

Chlora Lindley-Myers, has been appointed the Director of the Missouri Department of Insurance by Governor Greitens.   She most recently served as Deputy Commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Deputy Commissioner.  Early in her career she had a 10 year stint in underwriting and claims administration for Aetna Life, and her career has […]

Big Win for Florida Auto Insurers

The Florida Personal Injury Protection System, the bane of private passenger insurers who have deployed large amounts of capital to combat persistent fraud, took a turn in favor of the insurance industry.  This development did not come from a Florida Legislature striving to make the system work or trying to create an environment where insurance […]

Pennsylvania Sovereign Immunity

Sovereign immunity limiting the liability of governmental entities is not commonly understood.  An insurance carrier recently asked me to opine on the appropriate reserve on an underinsured motorist  claim where the insured sustained serious injury in a vehicle accident caused by a PennDOT employee who swerved left of the center line.  I explained that the reserve […]