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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Illinois Decision on $10.1B Tobacco Judgement

The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place the top Illinois court’s ruling throwing out a huge $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA, rejecting an appeal focusing on accusations that a judge in the case was biased in favor of …

Despite Losses, North Dakota Political Subdivision Insurance Fund Pays Off

A 30-year-old self-insurance pool has been paying off well for North Dakota political subdivisions, despite large claim losses in 2015. “It’s worked extremely well,” said Steve Spilde, chief executive officer of the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund. “We instituted a …

American Family Insurance Seeks Change in Corporate Structure

American Family Mutual Insurance Co., headquartered in Madison, Wis., announced the filing of a plan to create a mutual holding company that it says would provide more flexibility to pursue customer-driven initiatives while preserving the company’s founding principle of policyholder ownership. …

Church Mutual, Insight Worldwide Partner on Pre-Employment Screening

Merrill, Wis.-based Church Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has partnered with Insight Worldwide to offer access to pre-employment screening for those who hire employees at senior living communities. Pre-screening applicants before engaging in an employment agreement helps ensure that new …

South Dakota Tornado Had Estimated Wind Speeds Up to 125 MPH

A tornado that damaged homes and other buildings near the southwestern South Dakota community of Hermosa had estimated wind speeds of up to 125 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The agency has rated the twister an EF2 on …

Michigan Updates P/C Guaranty Association Maximum Refund Amount

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced that the insured’s maximum refund of unearned premiums available from the state’s Property and Casualty Guaranty Association has been changed. The adjustment is made annually to reflect changes in the cost …

Burns & Wilcox Chicago Hires Former Willis Towers Watson VP, Mullen

Wholesale insurance broker, Burns & Wilcox, has added Mary Mullen as manager, Personal Insurance, in its Chicago office. Mullen, who most recently served as vice president, regional operations officer at Willis Towers Watson, will lead the Personal Lines practice within …

Court: Wisconsin Prosecutors Can’t Alter Drunk Driving Charges Without OK

Prosecutors can’t change drunken driving charges once they’re filed without a judge’s permission, a state appeals court ruled in upholding a judge’s decision to order a felony charge against a suspected drunken driver. The case began in 2014 when prosecutors …

Appeals Court Sides with Boeing in Kansas Whistleblower Lawsuit

A federal appeals court sided with Boeing and one of its suppliers in the whistleblower lawsuit brought by three ex-workers at the aircraft manufacturer’s former plant in Wichita, Kan.. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal …

Lockton Adds Trade Credit Expert Paulson as Producer, VP in Chicago

Insurance broker Lockton has added Jerry Paulson in its Chicago office as producer and senior vice president. He will work with Lockton’s clients to deliver the company’s full suite of products, as well as evaluate political risks, credit risks, and the risks associated …

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