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Michigan AG Sues 2 Engineering Companies over Flint Water Problems

Michigan’s attorney general filed a civil lawsuit on June 22 against two water engineering companies, saying they caused and exacerbated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis and demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Attorney General Bill Schuette sued Veolia North …

Missouri Woman Ordered to Pay $243K in Arson-for-Insurance Scheme

An Independence, Mo., woman was sentenced to 31/2 years in prison without parole for an arson and insurance fraud scheme. Tina Shonk was also ordered to pay $242,717 in restitution to her victims and $62,364 to the government. Shonk pleaded …

For Alper Services, Insurance Is Just the Beginning

Though insurance is a major component of what it does, Chicago-based Alper Services doesn’t have the word “insurance” in its name for a reason. That’s because from the very beginning the company has aimed to be more than simply an …

Wisconsin Commissioner Approved for IAIS Leadership Role

Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel was approved as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was elected vice-chair of the Executive Committee. Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax …

Ohio Insurance Agent’s License Revoked after $800K in Client Losses

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has revoked the license of insurance agent Brian Willms, of Dublin, for misrepresenting life insurance policies as an investment. The misrepresentations contributed to two clients losing a combined $800,000. The Ohio Department of Insurance found Willms, …

Minnesota Company Recalls 27 Tons of Chicken

Minnesota-based GNP Company is recalling more than 27 tons of chicken after contaminants were detected. The company sells products under the Just BARE and Gold’n Plump brands. But it says the only affected product in grocery stores is the Just …

Ohio Bookstore Loses $1M in Inventory in Fire; 3 Injured

Authorities say an estimated $1 million in inventory was lost in a bookstore fire that broke out twice within a few hours and injured three people in southwestern Ohio. Firefighters say a firefighter and two people inside the building in …

Zielke Named Senior VP, General Counsel at Michigan’s AF Group

Lansing, Mich.-based insurance holding company, AF Group, has appointed Kevin Zielke as senior vice president and general counsel. Prior to joining AF Group, Zielke was a member of the litigation department in the Detroit office of Dykema Gossett. Founded in 1912, AF Group is …

Update: 1 Dead, 3 Hurt in North Dakota Oil Rig Blast

One worker was killed and two others were seriously injured in an explosion and fire at an oil well in western North Dakota, authorities said. The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department said 52-year-old Johnny Stassinos of Rock Springs, Wyoming, died Saturday …

More State Flood Protection Money Sought for Minot, N.D., Region

Minot, N.D.-area officials will ask the state for another $119 million in the next two-year budget period for work on a flood protection project. Officials say completing the first four phases of the project will protect 60 percent of the …

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