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Ratings of Illinois-Based Specialty Risk of America Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to B+ (Good) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “bbb-” from “bbb+” of Specialty Risk of America (SPRISKA) in Springfield, Ill. The outlook for the ICR remains negative, while the …

Insurance Department Recovers $4.4M for North Dakotans

The North Dakota Insurance Department says it helped residents recover or save nearly $4.4 million last year. The department says the money was recovered on behalf of North Dakota residents through its hotline, complaints filed by consumers against insurance companies …

Michigan Auto Insurance Reform Legislation Advances

A legislative panel has approved changes to Michigan’s auto insurance law, voting to reduce how much insurers pay for medical care, establish an anti-fraud authority and create a new entity to cover expenses for people catastrophically hurt in car crashes. …

$26.2M Flood Mitigation Grant Approved for Burlington, Iowa

City officials in Burlington, Iowa, announced it will be able to build flood walls and other barriers to keep the Mississippi River at bay during flood events. The city has been awarded a $26.2 million grant from the state Homeland …

Missouri High Court Upholds Agricultural Liability Limit in Hog Farm Case

Missouri’s highest court has upheld limits to the damages property owners can recover in nuisance lawsuits against agricultural operations. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in favor of a hog farm in a case where neighbors challenged the constitutionality of a …

South Dakota Sees Uptick in Un-Belted Driver Deaths

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says there has been a significant bump in the number of drivers who die because they crash while not wearing a seat belt this year. Public Safety Department Secretary Trevor Jones said that …

Missouri Lawsuit Targets Anthem Insurance Subsidiaries

A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance subsidiaries of failing to safeguard sensitive consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem Inc.’s computer networks. A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf …

Feds: Ohio Flood-Control Project Would Cost $66M

A plan to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River in northwestern Ohio, which includes building a 10-mile channel to divert water away from downtown Findlay, would cost nearly $66 million, according to the federal agency overseeing the project. The price …

Illinois Prep Sports Group: Concussions Lawsuit ‘Threatens’ Football

The nation’s first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide. In its 16-page motion filed in Cook …

Nebraska Gov. Signs Law Boosting Protections for Pregnant Workers

Pregnant workers will have the right to easier workloads and modified schedules under a new Nebraska law. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill to create better employment protections for expectant mothers. The law requires employers to acknowledge physical limitations of …

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