Related Links: Is Trouble at Surety First Sealord a Signal of Trouble Among Small Subcontractors? Before Pennsylvania determined that First Sealord Surety, the small surety shut down by the state on Feb. 8, was a financial wreck, the company fought costly legal battles in different states where it had provided bonds.The state Dept. of Insurance examines licensed companies in the state once every five years and First Sealord got a generally healthy report card from an examination in 2005. It isn't clear if that is the last time the Villanova, Pa.-based surety firm was examined.A.M. Best did not downgrade First
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