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Michigan Businessmen Sue Enbridge over 2010 Oil Spill

A trial is underway in a lawsuit brought by two men who say a 2010 Michigan oil spill destroyed their business. Charles Blakeman Jr. of Bellevue and Robert Patterson of Mason say they were prevented from guiding disabled veterans on …

NFP Acquires Cincinnati, Ohio-Based Benefit Resources

National Financial Partners Corp. (NFP), a provider of benefits, property/casualty and life insurance, and wealth management services, announced it has acquired Benefit Resources Inc., a Cincinnati-based insurance consulting and brokerage firm that has been a member of NFP’s Benefits Partners …

Michigan Renters to Split $500K Settlement in Harassment Suit

At least 13 women will share a more than $500,000 settlement after a federal lawsuit said a Grand Rapids, Mich., apartment manager sexually harassed tenants. A judge approved the settlement with the entities that own and operate Alger Meadows Apartments …

Robber Shoots Employee at Missouri Insurance Office

Police in Independence, Mo., are looking for a man who shot an employee while robbing an insurance office. Police spokesman Tom Gentry says the shooting occurred in the afternoon on Aug. 20 at the Dingeldein Insurance Group building. He says …

J.M. Wilson Adds Barney as Transportation Underwriter in Illinois

Wholesale insurance provider J.M. Wilson has hired Erika Barney in its Arlington Heights, Ill., office as a transportation underwriter. Barney will be responsible for quoting new and renewal bobtail and transportation risks for Illinois agents. In addition, she will service new …

Meadowbrook Insurance Eyes Modest Growth in 2015

After two years of siphoning off unprofitable business, tightening underwriting and raising rates, Meadowbrook Insurance Group is looking forward to growing again, according to the company’s upper management. Even before ratings agency A.M. Best downgraded the Southfield, Mich.-based property/casualty insurer …

Flood Control Plan for North Dakota’s Souris River Valley in Limbo

Plans for an $823 million flood control project for the Souris River Valley in North Dakota are in limbo due to federal policy changes and disagreements in Congress. Corps of Engineers officials are studying new rules that impact changes to …

Medical Director at North Dakota’s Workers’ Comp Agency Resigns

The medical director at North Dakota’s workers’ compensation agency has resigned. KXMB-TV reports that Luis Vilella stepped down on Aug. 15 after eight years with Workforce Safety and Insurance. Vilella has complained in the past that his medical opinions take a …

Focus Is on Teens in Missouri Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign

Stressing the financial consequences resulting from an auto accident, the Missouri Department of Insurance is focusing on distracted driving and teens in its latest safety campaign. The department’s MO Eyes on the Road campaign PSA features a teen whose insurance rates …

J.M. Wilson Hires Mauk as Transportation Underwriter in Indiana

J.M. Wilson has added Josh Mauk as a transportation underwriter in its Carmel, Ind., office. Mauk is responsible for quoting new and renewal trucking, non-trucking, business auto and public auto risks for Indiana agents. Mauk graduated from Olivet College in …

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