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Maximum Adds E&S Sales Teams in Chicago, Florida

Maximum, an independent, Chicago, Ill.-based excess and surplus lines wholesale distributor, announced further expansion to its sales team. Chicago additions include Patrick O’Donoghue to the professional practice and Chrissy Fisher to the casualty practice. Heather Hudson, in the Daytona Beach, …

Methane Emissions Becoming an Issue for North Dakota Oil Industry

Methane emissions will likely be the next big environmental issue to face North Dakota’s booming oil industry according to a top official at the state’s Department of Health. Dave Glatt, chief of the Department of Health’s environmental health section, said …

RLI Adds New Healthcare Liability Division

Peoria, Ill.-based RLI Corp. has launched a new healthcare liability division, RLI Healthcare, and added Scott Ducey to lead the operation as vice president. RLI will provide liability insurance coverage for targeted risks that include, but are not limited to, …

New Crop Insurance Program to Benefit Small Ag Producers in North Dakota

Small farmers and ranchers in North Dakota who once were unable to insure their crops will get a chance to do so in 2015 under a new insurance program. Small and mid-size producers will be able to insure all of …

Illinois Landowners Suing State over Fracking Permit Delay

Southern Illinois landowners are suing the state for failing to implement hydraulic fracturing, calling the long-running process for adopting rules governing the oil and gas extraction method tantamount to illegal government seizure of property already leased to developers. The lawsuit, …

Minneapolis Businesses Heavily Damaged by Fire

A fire has caused severe damage to several businesses in north Minneapolis, Minn., and officials say at least three buildings are a total loss. The Minneapolis Fire Department says crews were called to a report of a fire in a …

EMC Insurance Office to Replace Downtown Des Moines Buildings

An insurance company plans to begin demolishing three downtown Des Moines, Iowa, structures to make room for a new office building. EMC Insurance spokeswoman Lisa Hamilton tells The Des Moines Register that crews will begin tearing down the three brick …

Bus Passengers File Suit over Crash Near Indianapolis

Four people who were on board a double-decker passenger bus that crashed near Indianapolis, Ind., are suing the bus company. The Chicago residents filed the lawsuit Oct. 15 in a Cook County, Ill., court, claiming negligence by the Megabus line …

Health Official: 7 Quarantined in Ohio for Ebola

A health official says at least seven people in northeast Ohio are quarantined and being monitored because they had contact with a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after visiting the area. The Summit County Public Health medical director …

Detroit Settles with Bond Insurer; Chance of Debt Plan Success Boosted

Detroit settled with one of its last major creditors, bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., bringing the city closer to ending the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy. The remaining holdout creditors, led by hedge fund managers including Aurelius Capital Management LP, …

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