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Universal Holdings P/C Subsidiary Enters Indiana Homeowners Market

Florida-based Universal Insurance Holdings Inc. reported that the Indiana Department of Insurance has approved the homeowners insurance forms of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. (UPCIC), and that UPCIC has subsequently written its first homeowners insurance policy …

Study Finds New Predictors of Workers’ Comp Outcomes in Iowa

A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Iowa improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury ― leading …

Arson Trial Begins over 2008 Fire at Nebraska Plant

A federal trial has begun for an Omaha, Neb., businessman accused of paying someone more than six years ago to set fire to his manufacturing plant in eastern Nebraska. A prosecutor said in his opening statement on Jan. 20 that …

Company in Ohio Overpass Collapse Had Strong Safety Track Record

Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery in Ohio on Jan. 20 after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll …

White Appointed Director of Innovation at Accident Fund Holdings

Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has appointed Jeffrey Austin White as director of innovation. White will lead the newly created innovation team in identifying opportunities for the business to generate revenue and improve operations while leveraging solutions backed by research, …

Michigan Police Targeting Speeding, Distracted Driving After Pileup

Michigan authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving in eastern Kalamazoo County following a 193-vehicle pileup that killed one man and closed a stretch of Interstate 94 for two days. State police Lt. Dale Hinz tells the …

Associated Banc-Corp to Acquire Ahmann & Martin in Minnesota

Associated Banc-Corp (Associated) announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ahmann & Martin Co., a risk and benefits consulting firm in Minnesota, through Associated’s subsidiary, Associated Financial Group. The transaction is expected to close in February. Associated Financial Group …

J.M. Wilson Hires Hongisto as Branch Manager in Wisconsin

Managing general agency and surplus lines broker J.M. Wilson added Jayne Hongisto as branch manager of its Madison, Wis., office. She will plan the day-to-day operations of the Madison office, coordinate the staff, and work towards building relationships to foster …

Republican Lawmakers in Missouri Considering Lawsuit Caps Again

Nearly a decade after Missouri last limited some civil lawsuit awards, Republican lawmakers are organizing to reinstate caps overturned by the state’s highest court. Businesses can now face lawsuits with unlimited punitive damages in civil injury lawsuits after the Missouri …

Kansas State Official Links Quakes to Waste Water Disposal

A state group says a steep increase in earthquakes in south-central Kansas likely is caused by the disposal of waste water from an oil and gas extraction process often called fracking. The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, …

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