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Relation Insurance Services Acquire the Assets of Insurance Broker Services | Region

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 16, 2022--Relation Insurance Services (“Relation”), one of the largest and fastest-growing national insurance agencies, announced today it acquired the assets of California-based Innovative Broker Services. Terms [...]

Relation Insurance Services Acquire the Assets of Insurance Broker Services | Region

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 16, 2022–

Relation Insurance Services (“Relation”), one of the largest and fastest-growing national insurance agencies, announced today it acquired the assets of California-based Innovative Broker Services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Relation Insurance Acquires Innovative Broker Services (Graphic: Business Wire)

Innovative Broker Services offers full-services employee benefits solutions to clients in California and is headquartered in Folsom, CA. Tom Avery will continue to lead Innovative Broker Services under Relation going forward.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom Avery and his team to Relations,” said Tim Hall, Executive Vice President and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Relations. “Innovative Broker Services brings expertise and added depth to our existing footprint in the California marketplace and we are excited to have them.”

About Relation Insurance Services

Relation Insurance Services is an insurance brokerage that offers superior risk-management and benefits-consulting services across the United States. It is ranked by Insurance Journal within the top 35 largest agencies in the country by revenue and has approximately 1,200 employees across more than 125 locations nationwide. Relation is a privately held corporation backed by Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York and London investing in businesses globally across financial services and technology. Visitwww.relationinsurance.comfor more information.

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CONTACT: M&A CONTACT

Tim Hall, EVP & Head of M&A

Relation Insurance Services, Inc.

Q: 312-714-7279

E:[email protected]

Contact for Relation Insurance Services, Inc.

Georgia Williams

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(219) 741-9539

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Maryland Legal Aid honors 98 year-old Baltimore native for decades of service and activism in her community

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer,
Report for America Corps Member,
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When Baltimore native Gwendolyn Johnson was a little girl, the only thing she knew was that she wanted to be able to help people.

Her mother had given her up when she was six months old, and another family took her in.

“My family that I lived with has always been a family that helps other people, and I’ve been raised up like that. If somebody needs something you help them, you help a person [who has] less than you,” said Johnson.

The 98-year-old grew up in Cherry Hill in South Baltimore, and the neighborhood became the breeding ground for her life of activism and service.

She began by representing Cherry Hill on the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee, a position she held for 20 years. Voting was always important to Johnson, and she constantly encouraged community members to participate in elections.

She said she told them as United States citizens they had a responsibility to vote, and she’s continued her voting advocacy to today.

While serving on the committee, former Mayor of Baltimore William Donald Schaefer enlisted Johnson’s help to launch the Eating Together In Baltimore program, which brings seniors together to promote health, reduce social isolation and provide nutritious meals.

Johnson continued to oversee the program for several years after its establishment.

In Cherry Hill, Johnson also became the go-to person for youth searching for summer employment. She believed that idle time could lead to young people getting involved in criminal acts or substance use, so she worked with the Baltimore City Council and former Senator Barbara Mikulski to connect youth to summer jobs.

During her career, Johnson discovered Maryland Legal Aid (MLA), a Baltimore-based organization dedicated to protecting the basic needs and

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Donald Trump invokes Fifth Amendment rights but swipes at New York attorney general during deposition

“Under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution,” Trump said in a statement that was released to the public.

Trump was to be deposed by lawyers from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office as part of a more than three-year civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization misled lenders, insurers and tax authorities by providing them misleading financial statements.

In a separate two-page statement Trump read during the deposition that was obtained by CNN on Thursday, he criticized James, who was in the room, calling her a “renegade prosecutor” running a “vindictive and self-serving fishing expedition.”

A source familiar with the matter said Trump was angry at the start of the deposition and the mood was tense. But once the questioning began, with the state attorneys saying he could repeat the “same answer,” the atmosphere turned professional and cordial.

Trump said in a post on Truth Social earlier Wednesday morning that he would be “seeing” James “for a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in US history! My great company, and myself, are being attacked from all sides. Banana Republic!”

Here's what's next for Trump after the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago
The scheduled deposition comes during an extraordinary legal week for the former President. On Monday, the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his primary residence in Florida, in connection with an investigation into the handling of classified documents. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court denied his long-running effort to block a House committee from obtaining his tax returns.

Some Trump advisers had advocated that the former President answer questions since he previously tested about his financial statements under oath, while others were warned him against providing any answers because of the potential legal

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“TIDLOR Insurance Broker” wins Excellence in Innovation


“TIDLOR Insurance Broker” wins Excellence in Innovation – Insurance Broker Thailand 2022 from Global Banking & Finance Review Awards 2022.

Ngern Tid Lor Public Company Limited, Brokerage Insurance, Brand Owner of “TIDLOR Insurance Broker”, won Excellence in Innovation – Insurance Broker Thailand 2022 from Global Banking & Finance Review Awards 2022.

Athitaya Phoonwathu, Head of Insurance Broker Department, commented: “This award affirms our commitment to promoting convenient insurance protection access among the public by providing products responding to lower income customer needs and financial constraints. Our company’s foundation as an innovation-led organization has driven our products and services to make us an outstanding provider.”

Charnrit Sookplang, SVP Insurance Broker Analyst & Strategy, Ngern Tid Lor Public Company Limited, added: “Our innovation strengths and risk-taking qualities are the key-drivers for the development of the Areegator platform implemented by business expertise and experiences cultivated over the past years. The innovative platform reflects independent insurance broker limitations and obstacles when proposing sales to customers. Enhanced with the features embedded in the Areegator platform, brokerage agents registered as members gain fast and convenient access the insurance administrative systems via smartphone, tablet or computer. Registered agents are entitled to combine Ngern Tid Lor’s benefits to propose customers options to make payment installations with cash with 0% interest for a maximum of 10 months with instant protection once the first payment is made. Along with special privileges, our partnership with leading insurance brands offers agents opportunities to achieve sales and build stable income for registered members as well as offering suitable and affordable insurance for Thai customers in all levels.”

TIDLOR Insurance Broker has gained continuous growth of over 30% a year which is more than the overall Non-Life insurance sector’s average of 5% per year. The increasing revenue generated from brokerage business has contributed to

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US Attorneys General will take legal action against telecom providers enabling robocalls

The Attorneys General of all 50 states have joined forces in hopes of giving teeth to the seemingly never-ending fight against robocalls. North Carolina AG Josh Stein, Indiana AG Todd Rokita and Ohio AG Dave Yost are leading the formation of the new Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force. In Stein’s announcementshe said the group will focus on taking legal action against telecoms, particularly gateway providers, allowing or turning a blind eye to foreign robocalls made to US numbers.

He explained that gateway providers routing foreign phone calls into the US telephone network have the responsibility under the law to ensure the traffic they’re bringing in is legal. Stein said that they mostly aren’t taking any action to keep robocalls out of the US phone network, though, and they’re even intentionally allowing robocall traffic through in return for steady revenue in many cases.

Stein said in a statement:

“We’re… going to take action against phone companies that violate state and federal laws. I’m proud to create this nationwide task force to hold companies accountable when they turn a blind eye to the robocallers they’re letting on to their networks so they can make more money. I’ve already brought one pathbreaking lawsuit against an out-of-state gateway provider, and I won’t hesitate to take legal action against others who break our laws and bombard North Carolinians with these harmful , unlawful calls.”

The Attorney General referenced data from the National Consumer Law Center, which previously reported that American phone numbers get more than 33 million scam robocalls a day. Those include Social Security scams targeting seniors and gift card scams, wherein bad actors pretend they’re from the IRS. In that report, the center warned that consumers will keep on getting robocalls as long as phone providers are earning from them.

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Attorney general Garland personally approved search warrant for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he personally approved the decision to seek a warrant so that the FBI could search former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Mr Garland delivered a statement on Thursday afternoon regarding the FBI executing a search warrant on the former president’s estate. He said in his statement that the Department of Justice had filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to unseal the warrant.

Mr Garland said that the department does not make decisions like this lightly.

“Where possible it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken,” he said.

Mr Garland said that the search warrant was authorized upon the required finding of probable cause and said the Justice Department filed to make the warrant public given Mr Trump’s confirmation of the search and the public interest in the matter.

Mr Garland’s words come after the FBI’s search of his Palm Beach, Florida, home on Monday evening, which Mr Trump immediately criticized by saying that the bureau used the search of his property to plant unspecified evidence against him.

The attorney general also spoke out against criticisms of the professionalism of the FBI and the Justice Department.

“I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked the men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated patriotic public servants every day,” he said. “They protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their safety, while safeguarding our civil rights.”

Shortly after Mr Garland’s statement, the former president posted a statement on Truth Social.

“I continue to ask, what happened to the 33 million pages of documents taken to Chicago by President Obama?” he said. “The fake

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Aviso Group acquires North Queensland Insurance Brokers

Commenting on the agreement, Bellert said NQIB was attracted to the Aviso Group model and Invest independence in consolidating a market that offers fewer alternatives.

“We have professional and personal relationships within the group and were very comfortable with the direction and freedom offered,” he said. “We’re looking forward to growing together and leveraging the opportunities afforded by the size and strength of the group.”

Read more: Aviso Broking swoops for Macquarie Insurance Brokers

Invest is an independent and privately owned insurance investment and distribution business with interests in brokers, agencies, and insurtech. It now has interests in 15 agencies, nine brokers, and two insurance-related companies. Over the past two years, it has grown significantly and continues to invest in like-minded people and businesses. It has also started consolidating many existing members and taking more ownership positions.

Envest managing director Gregory Mullins said the latest acquisition was a milestone achievement for its broking arm, Aviso Group.

“The M&A space for brokers continues to be incredibly competitive, so we are pleased to be able to attract a deal of this nature. We are also delighted in the quality of the people we are investing in and confident it is a terrific cultural fit for both organisations,” he said.

NQIB has joined the Aviso Group after its business, Aviso Broking, swooped for Macquarie Insurance Brokers last month. Now, Aviso Group is composed of the following insurance brokers: Aviso WA Insurance Brokers, Fitzpatrick & Co. Insurance Brokers (VIC), Aviso Broking (QLD/NSW), Aviso Select (National), Acumen Insurance Brokers (NSW), Aviso TAS Insurance Brokers (TAS), Acumen Insurance Brokers (NSW), Western Insurance Brokers (VIC), Grange Insurance Solutions (WA), and North Queensland Insurance Brokers (QLD).

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Department of Justice asks to unseal search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s home Mar-A-Lago

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WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 06: US Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a press conference at the US Justice Department on April 06, 2022 in Washington, DC. Garland announced new measures the DOJ would be taking to prosecute criminal Russian activity. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Scrutiny and criticisms from every direction have been at the US Department of Justice ever since the FBI executed a search warrant of former President Donald Trump’s home.

On Thursday, however, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the DOJ has filed a motion in Florida to unseal the search warrant and property receipt. Trump’s home, Mar-A-Lago, is located in the Palm Beach area.

Trump and other Republicans have called the search warrant politically motivated and said lacked any evidence to move forward. The search itself surrounds documents and records Trump may have from his time in the White House. Those documents and records are said to contain classified national security information.

Garland said the law will be applied without fear to all Americans, and that he personally sought the search warrant.

The attorney general also pointed out that a member of Trump’s legal team was on-site at Mar-A-Lago while the FBI search took place. Several outlets also report a grand jury issued a subpoena in spring regarding the documents and records.

The upcoming midterm elections take place in November and that too is being identified by Trump supporters as the reasoning and timing of the search warrant. Trump only served one term as president and is expected to run again for a second term in 2024 election.

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D&D Insurance Brokers acquires Hollister’s Calvista Agency – SanBenito.com

DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers, LLC, one of the largest independent insurance agencies in California, has acquired Calvista Insurance Agency, which was founded in 2008 in Hollister, according to a press release.

D&D has more than 250 insurance professionals throughout California, and is a member of the Assurex Global network—the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance brokerage group, the press release says.

“We are excited to welcome the Calvista team and its clients to our company,” said Matt DeFendis, Principal of D&D. “This acquisition will undoubtedly strengthen our presence in San Benito County and throughout the great Golden State, and reflects our commitment to growing in our endeavor to better serve our clients as we work with every major insurance company and wholesale company in the country.”

Calvista Insurance Agency, located at 370 Fifth St., has served customers’ insurance needs in Hollister since 2008.

“We are looking forward to the new opportunities our team has by joining D&D and the ability to enhance our clients’ insurance opportunities and overall experience,” said Jayme Stewart, President of Calvista Insurance Agency.

Jayme Stewart, President of Calvista Insurance Agency

Established more than 60 years ago by Anthony J. DiBuduo and Leonard T. DeFendis, Leonard’s sons Matt and Mike DeFendis carry on the legacy as the Principals of D&D, says the press release. The company is based in Fresno.

The firm provides all lines of insurance to a diversified group of clients across the US, the release continues.

“D&D takes a partnership approach in working with businesses by helping them control their insurance costs and keeping their workers safe and productive, all while protecting their business against loss,” the press release continues.

D&D provides all lines of insurance to industries including agriculture, construction, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, professional service, real estate, retail, services business, transportation,

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Defense lawyers vote for job action over Legal Aid Alberta funding

Over a hundred lawyers from across Alberta voted Wednesday evening to take job action in August and September. This month — for a span of two weeks — lawyers will not provide bail services and select counsel services. (Cort Sloan/CBC – image credit)

Hundreds of defense lawyers from across Alberta are set to take job action in August and September after an unsatisfactory response from the province around legal aid funding.

A Thursday press release from the Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association of Calgary, the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association of Edmonton, and the Southern Alberta Defense Lawyers’ Association of Lethbridge states that through “escalating work stoppages, our members will make clear to the government that Legal Aid Alberta’s budget needs to be increased now.”

The three lawyer associations sent letters to Justice Minister Tyler Shandro in mid-July requesting a funding discussion before July 29. They released a statement the day after the deadline passed, signaling their intent to discuss next steps after receiving no response from the minister.

Ian Savage, president of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, said members of all three associations voted on Wednesday evening to take job action.

Savage did not provide a number for how many people voted but said “a substantial majority” from each association was in favour.

“It’s meant to bring some short-term pain to the situation of the court system, which is already at a breaking point, in order to have the government sit up and take notice that the defense lawyers are equally valid and beneficial components of the criminal justice system.”

From Aug. 9 to Aug. 18, association members will not accept any legal aid files that would require them to provide bail-related services, courtroom duty counsel, complainant counsel or cross-examination of complainant services.

“It was a balancing of deciding

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