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Iowa Lawmakers Back Measure Protecting Cities from Sledding Claims

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate. It passed in the House last week. …

Wisconsin-Based SECURA Celebrates 115th Anniversary

SECURA Insurance, based in Appleton, Wis., is celebrating the fact that it has been in operation for 115 years as of March 2015. The company was founded by Julius Bubolz in the town of Cicero after a devastating windstorm struck a …

Another Truck Crashes into Problematic South Dakota Bridge

A low-clearance railroad bridge in Pierre, S.D., continues to win battles with semitrailers that seem drawn to it like a magnet. The latest truck to crash into the problematic bridge over South Pierre Street didn’t hurt the structure, but an …

CNA Names Kubursi Senior VP – Financial Institutions, Management Liability

Chicago-based insurance CNA has appointed Ziad Kubursi to senior vice president, Financial Institutions and Management Liability, effective April 6, 2015. Ziad brings more than 18 years of insurance industry experience to this role, most recently serving as senior vice president, head of the Management …

Medical Malpractice Claims in Wisconsin Fall to Record Low

Medical malpractice claims hit a record low last year in Wisconsin, according to the Director of State Courts. The number of medical malpractice lawsuits fell to 84 last year from 140 in 2013. There were 294 suits filed in 1999. …

Lawmakers Likely to Try Again to Reform Michigan’s No-Fault System

Michigan has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country and auto insurance rate hikes there were higher than those in any other state over the past two years, according to the insurance consulting firm, Perr&Knight. Some see …

Damage at Michigan Ski Resort Leads to Charges for Fraternity Members

A northern Michigan prosecutor filed charges against three University of Michigan students after their fraternity was blamed for widespread vandalism at a ski resort during a wild weekend party. Only one member of Sigma Alpha Mu was charged with a …

Iowa High Court: Insurer not on Hook for Leak at Shopping Center

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance company is not on the hook for a 2010 leak at Waterloo shopping center that damaged a store. In a split decision on March 20, the high court sided with State …

Nebraska Lawmakers to Vote on Helmet Law Repeal

A push to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law is going to a vote in the Legislature despite opposition from senators who say the requirement saves lives. The repeal measure would lift Nebraska’s restriction on motorcycle helmets for riders who are at …

Electronic Proof of Insurance Accepted in Ohio Beginning March 23

Effective March 23, 2015, Ohio motorists will now be able to show proof of financial responsibility to traffic violations bureaus, courts, Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and/or law enforcement through use of an electronic wireless communications device, the insurance department …

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