Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:27:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Iowa Man: City Should Pay for Tear Gas Damage at Rental Home http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/26/362186.htm Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:34:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362186 A Marshalltown, Iowa, man says the city should pay for damage to his rental property caused by a police department SWAT team during its search for a murder suspect. Ron Iole told the Marshalltown City Council that he filed a …

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Joyce Joins Holborn as Senior VP in Minneapolis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/26/362173.htm Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:24:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362173 Independent reinsurance broker Holborn Corp. announced that Michael S. Joyce has joined the firm as a senior vice president in its Minneapolis office. His areas of expertise in reinsurance include workers’ compensation, commercial automobile, surety and Florida homeowners’ property business. …

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Michigan Workers’ Comp Costs Drop, Employment Rises http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/25/362105.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:52:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362105 Michigan has had some positive developments on the employment and workers’ compensation fronts lately and state officials are eager to share the news. Workers’ comp costs for employers in Michigan have dropped by nearly 28 percent since 2011 and the …

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Iowa Lawmakers Back Measure Protecting Cities from Sledding Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/25/362084.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:39:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362084 Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate. It passed in the House last week. …

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Wisconsin-Based SECURA Celebrates 115th Anniversary http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/25/362080.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:37:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362080 SECURA Insurance, based in Appleton, Wis., is celebrating the fact that it has been in operation for 115 years as of March 2015. The company was founded by Julius Bubolz in the town of Cicero after a devastating windstorm struck a …

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Another Truck Crashes into Problematic South Dakota Bridge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/25/362078.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:32:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362078 A low-clearance railroad bridge in Pierre, S.D., continues to win battles with semitrailers that seem drawn to it like a magnet. The latest truck to crash into the problematic bridge over South Pierre Street didn’t hurt the structure, but an …

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CNA Names Kubursi Senior VP – Financial Institutions, Management Liability http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/24/361886.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:44:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361886 Chicago-based insurance CNA has appointed Ziad Kubursi to senior vice president, Financial Institutions and Management Liability, effective April 6, 2015. Ziad brings more than 18 years of insurance industry experience to this role, most recently serving as senior vice president, head of the Management …

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Medical Malpractice Claims in Wisconsin Fall to Record Low http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/24/361884.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:40:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361884 Medical malpractice claims hit a record low last year in Wisconsin, according to the Director of State Courts. The number of medical malpractice lawsuits fell to 84 last year from 140 in 2013. There were 294 suits filed in 1999. …

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Lawmakers Likely to Try Again to Reform Michigan’s No-Fault System http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/23/361801.htm Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:19:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361801 Michigan has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country and auto insurance rate hikes there were higher than those in any other state over the past two years, according to the insurance consulting firm, Perr&Knight. Some see …

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Damage at Michigan Ski Resort Leads to Charges for Fraternity Members http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/23/361729.htm Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:34:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361729 A northern Michigan prosecutor filed charges against three University of Michigan students after their fraternity was blamed for widespread vandalism at a ski resort during a wild weekend party. Only one member of Sigma Alpha Mu was charged with a …

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Iowa High Court: Insurer not on Hook for Leak at Shopping Center http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/23/361719.htm Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:22:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361719 The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance company is not on the hook for a 2010 leak at Waterloo shopping center that damaged a store. In a split decision on March 20, the high court sided with State …

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Nebraska Lawmakers to Vote on Helmet Law Repeal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/23/361712.htm Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:22:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361712 A push to repeal Nebraska’s motorcycle helmet law is going to a vote in the Legislature despite opposition from senators who say the requirement saves lives. The repeal measure would lift Nebraska’s restriction on motorcycle helmets for riders who are at …

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Electronic Proof of Insurance Accepted in Ohio Beginning March 23 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/20/361433.htm Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:46:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361433 Effective March 23, 2015, Ohio motorists will now be able to show proof of financial responsibility to traffic violations bureaus, courts, Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and/or law enforcement through use of an electronic wireless communications device, the insurance department …

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FEMA to South Dakota County: Submit Flood Insurance Records http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/20/361431.htm Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:45:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361431 More than 400 homeowners whose property lies along the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota could end up paying a $50 surcharge on their flood insurance if officials in Union County do not meet a federal deadline to submit flood …

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Top Donors to Iowa Governor Complained About Gay Ex-Workers’ Comp Official http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/20/361429.htm Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:43:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361429 The founders of a beef company who were major donors to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s campaign were among the business leaders who raised concerns about a gay state official the governor later tried to force out, according to court documents …

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Dozens of Drivers Ticketed after Michigan Freeway Pileup http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/20/361421.htm Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:39:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361421 Dozens of drivers are being ticketed following January’s massive pileup on snowy Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan that killed a 57-year-old trucker and closed a stretch of the roadway for two days, police announced. Traffic citations for 63 drivers, mostly …

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Cincinnati-Based American Financial Group Promotes Weiss to VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/20/361414.htm Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:35:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361414 Insurance holding company American Financial Group Inc., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has promoted Mark A. Weiss to vice president. Weiss joined AFG in 2010 and most recently served as assistant vice president and assistant general counsel. In addition, he serves …

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Chicago-Based Alper Services Partners with Germany’s unisonBrokers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/19/361225.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:03:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361225 Alper Services LLC, an independent insurance brokerage in Chicago, Ill., announced it recently signed an agreement with unisonBrokers, a global broker network with multinational insurance and risk management services, who partners with select growth-oriented regional brokers. The agreement allows Alper …

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Willis to Keep Name on Chicago Tower http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/19/361004.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:43:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361004 Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings Plc plans to keep its name on the Chicago tower that is being sold to Blackstone Group LP. The broker “is involved in a long-term contract for its naming rights for Willis Tower,” Colleen McCarthy, …

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Licenses of Michigan Pair Selling ‘One-Day’ Auto Policies Revoked http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/361144.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:14:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361144 Michigan insurance regulators have permanently revoked the insurance licenses of father and son insurance agents and their agencies for selling fraudulent insurance certificates. The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) in January suspended the licenses agents of Dearborn-based …

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Union Pacific Ordered to Pay Nebraska-Based Injured Worker $350K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/361136.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:59:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361136 Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to pay $350,000 to a long-time employee who was disciplined after reporting an injury, but the railroad plans to appeal. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …

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A.M. Best Upgrades Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Ratings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/361010.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:35:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361010 A.M. Best has removed from under review with positive implications and upgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating to “a-” from “bbb” of Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co. (Michigan Millers) in Lansing, Mich. The …

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Iowa House Panel OKs Car Insurance Tracking Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/360998.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:18:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360998 People in Iowa with outdated car insurance would be monitored by a private company for compliance under a bill approved by a House panel. Members of a Ways and Means subcommittee approved the bill before sending it to a full …

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Missouri Man Admits Role in Arson-for-Insurance Schemes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/360995.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:15:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360995 A man implicated in an arson-and-insurance fraud scheme when his clothes caught fire during a house blaze he helped set has pleaded guilty in Missouri to federal conspiracy and other charges. John S. Wayne, of Kansas City, entered the pleas …

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Steel, Not Plywood, Protecting Vacant Homes in Detroit Enclave http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/17/360821.htm Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:55:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360821 Detroit enclave of Highland Park is using steel instead of plywood to cover doors and windows of vacant homes as part of an effort to better prevent drug activity, arson, squatting and other crimes. Fire Chief Derek Hillman told The …

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Illinois County Fairs Losing State Money for Insurance, Other Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/17/360817.htm Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:26:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360817 County fairs across Illinois are reassessing their finances as the state reduces its support in a cost-saving measure. A recent letter from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration instructed county fairs to stop spending state money on rehabilitation, which includes some …

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Changes to Kansas Workers’ Comp System Raise Lawsuit Fears http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360716.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:13:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360716 A change to the state system for paying medical bills and lost wages for injured workers in Kansas has some fearing big lawsuits and others looking forward to cost savings. Starting Jan. 1, the state began rating injuries using an …

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South Dakota Trucking Company Ordered Off the Road http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360648.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:46:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360648 Federal transportation regulators have ordered a South Dakota trucking company and its owner to stop all commercial operations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has deemed commercial driver Lonnie Roth and his namesake company imminent public safety hazards. The agency …

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90% of Parents Waive Teen Driving Restriction in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360634.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:26:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360634 An effort to improve some teen drivers’ road safety by limiting their number of passengers is having little impact in Iowa, because the majority of parents are signing waivers to opt their kids out of the requirement. According to data …

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Contractor Sentenced to Prison in Michigan Asbestos Removal Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360629.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:19:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360629 A contractor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for failing to properly remove asbestos from an old church in Bay City, Mich. The church was converted into a charter school, Bay City Academy. Roy Bradley Sr. was …

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