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Citing Flint Water, Detroit-Area Sinkhole, Snyder Calls for Addressing Infrastructure

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 17 called for addressing Michigan’s aging infrastructure over the next several decades, citing the Flint water crisis that has roiled his administration and a football field-sized sinkhole that formed recently in suburban Detroit. In …

Century-Old Michigan Inn Can Be Sued for Girl’s Burns, Appeals Court Says

The Michigan appeals court says an inn near Lake Michigan can be sued for injuries suffered by a girl who burned her foot in the hidden leftovers of a beach bonfire. The court overturned a decision by a Benzie County …

Trade Group: Workers’ Comp Reform Among Key Issues for Illinois Insurers

Workers’ compensation, commercial insurance purchasing rules and auto insurance verification are among key challenges for insurers in Illinois legislative session, a national insurance trade organization says. American Insurance Association (AIA), which identified legislative and regulatory issues for property/casualty insurers in Illinois, …

Ratings Outlook for GuideOne Insurance Revised to Negative: A.M. Best

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” of the members of the GuideOne Insurance Companies (GuideOne). The outlook changes reflect …

Ohio-Based Central Insurance Names Nationwide’s Goad as CFO

Keith Goad has been hired as chief financial officer for both Central Mutual Insurance Company and All America Insurance Company. The companies are based in Van Wert, Ohio. As CFO, Goad holds overall accountability for the company’s finance, investments, accounting, …

USI Acquires Ohio’s Diversified Insurance Service

USI Insurance Services (USI) has acquired Diversified Insurance Service, a risk management and employee benefits firm headquartered in Elmore, Ohio. Founded in 1948, Diversified Insurance Service provides personal risk, commercial and employee benefits products for clients throughout Ohio. Terms of …

Majority of Workers at Wisconsin Shipyard Test Positive for Lead

Health officials say the majority of more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior, Wis., shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Wisconsin and Minnesota health departments began a joint investigation last spring after workers …

NFP Acquires City Securities Insurance in Indiana

New York-based insurance broker and consultant, NFP, has acquired City Securities Insurance LLC in Indianapolis. The transaction closed on Dec. 30, 2016. City Securities Insurance is a full service property/casualty and benefits insurance consultant with a special focus on the …

Block Sworn in as Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Judge

Dirk V. Block is the newest judge to serve on the bench of the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court. He was sworn in on Jan. 13. Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed Judge Block on Dec. 8, 2016. Block fills a vacancy left …

Arthur J. Gallagher Promotes Two Execs in Employee Benefits Division

International insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., based in Itasca, Ill., promoted James W. Durkin Jr. and William F. Ziebell in its employee benefit division. Durkin, currently president of Gallagher’s employee benefits division, will …

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