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Conklin Named Ohio Insurance Department Legislative Liaison

Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor has named Allison Conklin as the Department’s legislative liaison. Conklin will work in the Executive Office’s Legislative Affairs Division. Conklin’s duties will include interfacing with legislators, government agencies and other …

Ohio: Man Must Sue State to Fix Damage from Falling Concrete

A man whose car was damaged by concrete falling from a bridge just blocks away from where Cincinnati Bengals fans were tailgating will have to sue to get any money out of the state of Ohio. No one was injured, …

Michigan Panel: Special Authority Needed to Target Car Insurance Fraud

Michigan should create a special authority devoted to targeting auto insurance fraud and require insurers to more frequently send electronic verification of drivers’ insurance to the state, a task force recommended. The panel, created a year ago by Secretary of …

Help Coming for Customers as PreferredOne Pulls Out of MNsure

Help will be available for consumers as PreferredOne, the largest provider of coverage for the first year of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, pulls out of the state-run online marketplace, MNsure’s chief executive said. CEO Scott Leitz told MNsure’s board of …

Minnesota Man Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $990K

A Minnesota man who alerted the U.S. Department of Defense to a Humvee manufacturing change that could potentially put soldiers at risk has won nearly $1 million after settling his whistleblower lawsuit. David McIntosh lost his job at M.K. Battery …

Lockton Adds Gabriel, Koslowski to Employee Benefits Team in Milwaukee

Independent insurance broker Lockton, has added Account Executive Tom Gabriel and Senior Account Manager Lori Koslowski to the employee benefits team in its Milwaukee office. Gabriel joins Lockton with more than 25 years of experience in the employee benefits’ arena. …

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Losing Low-Cost Carrier

The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials that it’s pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. …

Judge: Michigan City not Liable for Post-Flood Decline in Property Values

A judge has ruled that Traverse City isn’t responsible for declines in property values that could be linked to officials’ decision to remove a northern Michigan dam. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Circuit Court Judge Philip Rodgers effectively dismissed parts …

Update: Syncora, Detroit Settle; Judge Pauses Bankruptcy Trial Again

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ordered a week-long break in Detroit’s bankruptcy trial on Sept. 16, giving the last major objector to the city’s restructuring plan time to rework its case. The hearing will be adjourned from Friday and reconvene …

Workplace Deaths Increase in Indiana in 2013

State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years. The Indiana Department of Labor reports the state had 123 worker …

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