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Insurance, Business Laws Keeping Uber, Lyft Out of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Conflicting insurance and business regulations passed by the South Dakota Legislature last year mean Sioux Falls won’t get Uber, Lyft or other ride-hailing services anytime soon, according to a state lawmaker. Rep. Greg Jamison told fellow lawmakers and Sioux Falls …

Everest Insurance Adds Pena, Twardowski, James to Midwest Property Team

Everest Insurance has expanded its Chicago-based Midwest property underwriting team with additions in the retail, wholesale and inland marine areas. Victor Pena has joined the Everest Retail Property team as vice president of the Central Region. Pena joins Everest from …

Wisconsin Shipyard to Pay $500K in Settlement Over Worker Safety

Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., says it’s reached an agreement with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve worker safety and reduce a proposed fine. Last summer, OSHA proposed a fine of nearly $1.4 million because Fraser employees …

17 Killed in Ohio Crashes During Christmas-to-New Year’s Period

The State Highway Patrol says 13 people died in Ohio crashes during the long Christmas weekend and four more died during the four-day period around the New Year’s holiday. The patrol has said preliminary data show the state had about …

Drilled Hole in Pipe May Have Caused Michigan Sinkhole, Officials Say

A hole drilled through a concrete sewer line nearly 40 years ago may have led to soil erosion beneath another section of the pipe and the football field-sized sinkhole that has forced 22 families from their suburban Detroit homes. Macomb …

Chicago State University to Pay $1.3M in Whistleblower Lawsuit

Chicago State University has agreed to pay $1.3 million to end a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former administrator. The university’s insurance carrier will pay $847,000 in back pay and other compensation to Glenn Meeks, the school’s former chief financial …

Reed Named General Counsel at Acrisure

Michigan-based Acrisure LLC has named Adam C. Reed as the company’s general counsel, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds John P. Iacono, who will retire later this year. Reed joined Acrisure in September 2016. He has 23 years of insurance industry …

Ohio Jury Orders DuPont to Pay $10.5M over Leaked Chemical

A U.S. jury in Ohio on Jan. 5 ordered DuPont to pay $10.5 million in punitive damages to a man who said he developed testicular cancer from exposure to a toxic chemical leaked from a Dupont plant, the plaintiff’s lawyer …

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Chicago’s Gruppo Marcucci

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired the Chicago-based consulting firm, Gruppo Marcucci LLC (GPM). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2005, Gruppo Marcucci specializes in human resources (HR) and benefits technology solutions for benefit brokers and consultants, …

Judge: Company May Reopen Ohio Brine Injection Well

The pumping of waste from hydraulic fracturing operations into a closed Ohio injection well is expected to resume after a judge’s ruling that the state’s oil-and-gas regulator failed to consider a new plan after shutting down the well in 2014 …

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