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Michigan’s Auto Insurance Catastrophic Injury Fee to Drop to $150

The annual auto insurance fee that Michigan drivers pay toward caring for people catastrophically injured in crashes is dropping from $186 to $150. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced March 25 that the new per-car assessment for the 12 months …

Consultant: Self-Insurance for Wisconsin State Employees Premature

A consultant says it’s not feasible to move to a self-insurance model for Wisconsin state employees next year. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the consultant’s report found moving from a competitive HMO model to self-insurance could save the state …

J.M. Wilson Announces Staff Changes in Illinois

Insurance wholesaler J.M. Wilson has promoted Jenna Caschetta to property/casualty underwriter in its Arlington Heights, Ill., office and added Gerry McCabe as P/C underwriter. Caschetta is responsible for quoting new and renewal accounts for a wide variety of commercial property …

Regulators: Auto Insurance Rates Continue Downward Trend in Missouri

Auto insurance premiums have declined significantly since 2000, according to figures released by the Missouri Department of Insurance. The average annual cost for full coverage peaked in 2003 at $740 — it dipped to $726 in 2013. In inflation-adjusted dollars, premiums …

Iowa Man: City Should Pay for Tear Gas Damage at Rental Home

A Marshalltown, Iowa, man says the city should pay for damage to his rental property caused by a police department SWAT team during its search for a murder suspect. Ron Iole told the Marshalltown City Council that he filed a …

Joyce Joins Holborn as Senior VP in Minneapolis

Independent reinsurance broker Holborn Corp. announced that Michael S. Joyce has joined the firm as a senior vice president in its Minneapolis office. His areas of expertise in reinsurance include workers’ compensation, commercial automobile, surety and Florida homeowners’ property business. …

Michigan Workers’ Comp Costs Drop, Employment Rises

Michigan has had some positive developments on the employment and workers’ compensation fronts lately and state officials are eager to share the news. Workers’ comp costs for employers in Michigan have dropped by nearly 28 percent since 2011 and the …

Iowa Lawmakers Back Measure Protecting Cities from Sledding Claims

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate. It passed in the House last week. …

Wisconsin-Based SECURA Celebrates 115th Anniversary

SECURA Insurance, based in Appleton, Wis., is celebrating the fact that it has been in operation for 115 years as of March 2015. The company was founded by Julius Bubolz in the town of Cicero after a devastating windstorm struck a …

Another Truck Crashes into Problematic South Dakota Bridge

A low-clearance railroad bridge in Pierre, S.D., continues to win battles with semitrailers that seem drawn to it like a magnet. The latest truck to crash into the problematic bridge over South Pierre Street didn’t hurt the structure, but an …

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