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Report: Missouri Recovered $15M-Plus for Insurance Consumers in 2015

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration has released its 2015 Annual Report highlighting insurance industry data and department accomplishments, including the recovery of more than $15 million for insurance consumers in the state. “This report illustrates …

Flood Mapping Tools to Help Residents in South Dakota’s Big Sioux River Basin

The state of South Dakota is working on new online flood mapping tools for the Big Sioux River Basin. The Google maps-style program should allow cities, counties, developers and emergency managers to test the flooding potential of increased flows in …

Insurer Among Parties Arguing over Cause of Flooded Homes in Nebraska

The city of Bellevue, Neb., the Metropolitan Utilities District, a plumbing contractor and its insurance company disagree about who’s to blame for a ruptured water line that flooded about 12 homes in February. The Omaha World-Herald reported that Gearhart Plumbing, …

Safety Specialty Insurance Co. Assigned A+ Rating by A.M. Best

A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A+ (Superior) and an issuer credit rating of “aa-” to Safety Specialty Insurance Co., based in St. Louis, Mo. The outlook assigned to each rating is stable. According to A.M. Best, …

OSHA Fines Storage Tank Company $95K for Missouri Workplace Hazards

A federal agency has found that a storage tank manufacturer is continuing to expose workers in Missouri to hazardous levels of a chemical than can cause lung cancer and other health problems. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that …

New Trial Granted for South Dakota Woman in Arson-for-Insurance Case

A woman convicted of setting fire to a bar and grill she co-owned in the South Dakota town of Herreid to get insurance money has been granted a new trial. A jury in February found 42-year-old Lori Brandner guilty of …

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Limits Upheld in Missouri

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that caps on how much money someone can win in a wrongful death lawsuit do not violate the constitution. The decision says a person’s right to a jury trial in those cases is not …

Guilty Plea Expected for Fire at North Dakota Somali Restaurant

An attorney for a Minnesota man accused of firebombing a Somali restaurant across the North Dakota border in Grand Forks said that any racial overtones were overblown by people who aren’t familiar with the case. Defense attorney Ted Sandberg made …

USI Acquires Brooks Insurance in Ohio

USI Insurance Services has acquired Toledo, Ohio-based Brooks Insurance. Brooks employees will remain at their Toledo and Bowling Green locations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Brooks provides property/casualty, employee benefits, bonds and surety, homeowners, renters, automobile, watercraft and personal …

Outlook for Columbia Insurance Revised to Stable: A.M. Best

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to stable for Columbia Insurance Group (Columbia) and its subsidiaries. Additionally, the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings of “a-” are reaffirmed. According to A.M. Best, the outlook revisions to …

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