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Kansas City Restaurant Explosion Lawsuit Goes to Jury

After five weeks of testimony, lawyers presented closing arguments in the civil trial involving a fatal explosion more than two years ago at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant. The civil lawsuit stems from the February 2013 natural-gas explosion and fire …

Ohio Licenses First Captive Insurance Company

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced that Imprise Financial PCC Inc. is now licensed as Ohio’s first ‘protected cell’ captive insurance company. Through its protected cells, Imprise Financial will allow businesses to insure some of their own commercial risks, realize greater …

BNSF Seeks Delay in Lawsuit over North Dakota Derailment

A lawyer for BNSF says a civil lawsuit against the railway over a derailment near Casselton, N.D., nearly two years ago should be put on hold until it can be determined whether a broken axel was the cause of the …

Kansas Man Sentenced for Iowa for Insurance Scam

A 38-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for mail fraud connected to an insurance commissions scam in Iowa. Brian Henton, of Olathe, Kansas, was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in …

Treend Named Executive VP at Britton Gallagher

Privately owned insurance brokerage Britton Gallagher, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has tapped Eric Treend to serve as executive vice president of its expanding Recreation & Attractions Division. To support the expansion, Britton Gallagher has added staff to the division including …

Target Corp. to Pay $2.8M to Settle Hiring Discrimination Case

Target Corp. has agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle a hiring discrimination claim filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC says three employment assessments formerly used by the Minneapolis-based retailer disproportionately screened out applicants for professional …

Michigan’s New ‘Smart’ Roads May ‘Talk’ to Vehicles

Highway officials are beginning to install sensors and cameras on roads near Detroit that will be able to provide construction, traffic and weather updates to motorists. The Michigan Department of Transportation recently installed the system along 20 miles of Interstate …

Geologist: Kansas Earthquakes Linked to Injection Wells

Kansas Geological Survey believes an increase in earthquakes in two southern Kansas counties is linked to saltwater injection after oil and natural gas drilling, according to an agency scientist. The agency had said in the past that there was a …

Ohio Chiropractor to Plead Guilty to $696K Insurance Fraud

A suburban Columbus, Ohio, chiropractor has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to defrauding health insurance companies for nearly $700,000. The Columbus Dispatch reports 44-year-old Jeffrey Shope is charged with overbilling health insurance companies by $696,373 from 2009 through …

Jury Sides with Jordan in Name Value Case, Awards $8.9M

Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan’s identity have handed him a major win, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission. …

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