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Iowa Agency, Two Rivers Insurance, to Repay Cities, Counties

State regulators say an Iowa insurance agency accused of a deceptive practice has agreed to repay more than $1.3 million to local governments. The Des Moines Register reports that Two Rivers Insurance Co., which is based in Burlington, was accused …

Leaks Discovered in Dakota Access Pipeline System

The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation. Two barrels, or 84 gallons (320 liters), …

ISMIE Mutual Insurance Leader, Harold Jensen, Passes

 Chicago-based medical professional liability insurer, ISMIE Mutual, is mourning the the loss of its late chairman, Harold L. Jensen, M.D. Jensen died unexpectedly on Monday, May 22, 2017. A strong and visionary leader, Dr. Jensen transformed ISMIE into a medical …

Indiana Couple Awarded $744K for Son’s Unnecessary Shoulder Surgery

A northern Indiana jury has awarded $744,000 to a couple who claimed a now-deceased doctor performed unnecessary surgery on their teenage son. Dean and Tracy Dixon’s medical malpractice suit alleged that Dr. Willard G. Yergler performed unneeded shoulder surgery in …

State Auto’s Clark Named CEO of GuideOne Insurance

West Des Moines, Iowa-based GuideOne Insurance has named Jessica E. Clark as the company’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Bringing nearly 20 years of leadership experience in property and casualty insurance, Clark assumes her new role on June 12. She succeeds …

Vanessa Kinney, Hylant VP in Columbus, Ohio, Among ’40 Under 40′

Insurance brokerage firm, Hylant, announced that Vanessa Kinney, vice president, employee benefits team leader, is a Columbus Business First “40 Under 40” recipient. Now in its 25th year, the 40 Under 40 award program honors the best and brightest leaders in Central …

Top Iowa Court Upholds $85K Award in Workplace Discrimination Case

The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld an $85,000 discrimination judgment against a company whose owner repeatedly called a black worker “chocolate” and other racial epithets. Justices upheld the Dubuque Human Rights Commission’s order that Simon Seeding pay Jermaine Stapleton $49,500 …

O’Brien Promoted to Controller at Wisconsin’s SECURA Insurance

Appleton, Wisconsin-based SECURA Insurance recently promoted Tim O’Brien to controller from assistant controller. O’Brien has been with the company for 15 years. He joined SECURA in 2002 as the accounting manager. He has held various roles within the Finance Division including …

University of Iowa to Settle Sports Bias Lawsuits for $6.5M

The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle high-profile discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements released on May 19. Iowa will pay …

Ohio Bill Would Limit Access to Workers’ Comp for Workers Here Illegally

The Ohio House has approved a workers’ compensation budget that blocks workers living in the country illegally who get hurt on the job from accessing compensation benefits. The Columbus Dispatch reports the bill was approved after a strong debate. Democratic …

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