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Ohio Bill Targets Abusive Practices of Tow Truck Operators

An Ohio insurer trade groups says a bill introduced into the General Assembly would help rein in the predatory practices of some towing business operators in the state. The primary focus of House Bill 341, introduced by Reps. Ron Young …

June 17 North Dakota Storm Damages Adding Up, Regulators Say

The North Dakota Department of Insurance reported that the Bismarck/Mandan-area storm that occurred on June 17 is developing into one of the largest claim events for 2016 in state, which has experienced several severe weather events this spring. So far, …

AFG Rebranding to Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting

Greenbay, Wis.-based Associated Bank announced that it will rebrand its Associated Financial Group (AFG) subsidiary to Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting (ABRC). The move follows the February 2015 acquisition and subsequent integration of Ahmann & Martin Co., a risk and …

OSHA: Crane Accident Kills North Dakota Oil Worker

A worker was killed in a crane accident at an oil well site in western North Dakota, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. The incident, which happened late on June 20 near Ross in Mountrail County, was the second …

Michigan AG Sues 2 Engineering Companies over Flint Water Problems

Michigan’s attorney general filed a civil lawsuit on June 22 against two water engineering companies, saying they caused and exacerbated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis and demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Attorney General Bill Schuette sued Veolia North …

Missouri Woman Ordered to Pay $243K in Arson-for-Insurance Scheme

An Independence, Mo., woman was sentenced to 31/2 years in prison without parole for an arson and insurance fraud scheme. Tina Shonk was also ordered to pay $242,717 in restitution to her victims and $62,364 to the government. Shonk pleaded …

For Alper Services, Insurance Is Just the Beginning

Though insurance is a major component of what it does, Chicago-based Alper Services doesn’t have the word “insurance” in its name for a reason. That’s because from the very beginning the company has aimed to be more than simply an …

Wisconsin Commissioner Approved for IAIS Leadership Role

Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel was approved as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was elected vice-chair of the Executive Committee. Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax …

Ohio Insurance Agent’s License Revoked after $800K in Client Losses

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has revoked the license of insurance agent Brian Willms, of Dublin, for misrepresenting life insurance policies as an investment. The misrepresentations contributed to two clients losing a combined $800,000. The Ohio Department of Insurance found Willms, …

Minnesota Company Recalls 27 Tons of Chicken

Minnesota-based GNP Company is recalling more than 27 tons of chicken after contaminants were detected. The company sells products under the Just BARE and Gold’n Plump brands. But it says the only affected product in grocery stores is the Just …

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