Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:25:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Iowa Testing System to Determine Safer Speeds on Icy Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/30/355909.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355909 The Iowa Transportation Department is testing a new system that could help motorists drive more safely on icy roadways. Des Moines television station KCCI says the testing is underway on an 11-mile stretch of Interstate 35 north of Des Moines. …

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Roadway Bicycle Safety Bill Stalls in South Dakota House http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/30/355876.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355876 State lawmakers want to make bicycling safer in South Dakota, but they’re having trouble figuring out how exactly to do it. The House Transportation Committee on Jan. 27 for the second time was unable to reach a consensus over a …

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Ohio’s Westfield Insurance Expands Responsibilities of Leadership Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/30/355845.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:22:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355845 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier based in Westfield, Ohio, announced the following changes to its leadership team: Mike Prandi has been named to the new role of insurance operations leader. He is responsible for the delivery of sales …

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Chubb Sued for $60M by Owners of Ohio Mansion Destroyed by Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/29/355851.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:44:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355851 The owners of a southwest Ohio mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million for allegedly not honoring their claims. Court documents show homeowners Jeffrey and Maria Decker filed the lawsuit …

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Builders Association Sues over Minnesota’s Residential Sprinkler Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/29/355849.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:41:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355849 The Builders Association of the Twin Cities is suing the state over a new sprinkler mandate. The law which took effect requires a sprinkler system for all new homes that are 4,500 square feet or larger. The Builders Association says …

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Pro Athletes Durant, Watt to Endorse Wisconsin-Based American Family Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/29/355841.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:33:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355841 Oklahoma Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance, the company said. Durant, the NBA’s most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family …

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Zehr Appointed VP, Segment Underwriting at CNA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/29/355835.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:25:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355835 Chicago-based CNA Financial Corp. has appointed Jeff Zehr as vice president, segment underwriting. In this position, he will expand his responsibilities to include leadership and governance for the commercial lines products for both the financial institutions and the professional services customer segments. …

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FBI Case Log: The Stolen Stradivarius http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/28/355613.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:01:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355613 When a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin valued at more than $5 million was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond last year, investigators initially believed the theft may have been the work of sophisticated art thieves. The truth turned out …

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Kansas Geologists Seek More Funding for Earthquake Monitoring http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/28/355674.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:27:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355674 Kansas geologists say they need more funding to investigate an unprecedented spike in earthquakes in the state. Kansas Geological Survey Director Rex Buchanan told the House Energy and Environment Committee that about half a million dollars is needed to beef …

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Kansas Businesses Support State Takeover of OSHA Enforcement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/27/355571.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:37:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355571 A proposal that the state take over enforcement of workplace safety rules from the federal government seems unlikely to pass this year but still has some support in the Kansas House. Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee pulled back from …

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Nebraska to Consider Residential Carbon Monoxide Detector Mandate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/27/355575.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:36:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355575 An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in homes and apartments. A bill set for a legislative hearing on Jan.29 would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require …

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Indiana City Moves to Reduce Liability at Popular Sledding Spot http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/26/355487.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:35:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355487 A central Indiana city is taking steps to reduce its liability from a popular winter activity. Muncie’s parks department has placed bales of straw around trees at the bottom of a popular sledding hill in McCulloch Park. The department also …

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Nebraska School Faces $1M Lawsuit Over Boy’s Drowning http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/26/355476.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:21:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355476 The family of a 12-year-old boy who drowned at an Omaha, Neb., school last fall is seeking $1 million from the district. The Omaha World-Herald reports that James Martin Davis submitted a claim to Omaha Public Schools on behalf of …

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Jung Appointed Director of P/C Business Development at Oswald Cos. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/26/355472.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:15:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355472 Ohio-based Oswald Companies appointed Jessica Jung to the position of director of business development, property/casualty. Jung joins Oswald with more than 15 years of experience at Chubb Insurance, most recently serving as vice president and branch leader of Chubb’s Cleveland …

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After 17 Years, Florida-Nebraska Insurance Dispute Continues http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/26/355469.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:11:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355469 Seventeen years after it started, a multimillion-dollar insurance dispute between the state of Florida and a Nebraska company continues to meander through the courts. The Nebraska Supreme Court has already ruled on aspects of the case four times, and the …

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FEMA Agrees to Fargo, North Dakota, Flood Insurance Basement Exemption http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/25/355276.htm Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:41:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355276 Fargo, N.D’s acting mayor says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has moved to continue to allow homeowners to have basements in the city’s new floodplain. FEMA is responsible for the National Home Insurance Program and does not always allow basements …

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Iowa, Nebraska Officials Seek to Close Insurance Co-Op http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/25/355274.htm Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:39:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355274 Iowa’s top insurance official announced plans to ask a court to end a cooperative that was selling health insurance to residents in Iowa and Nebraska – a move that will limit options for consumers in both states. Iowa Insurance Commissioner …

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Ohio BWC Proposes Private Employer Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/25/355272.htm Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:36:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355272 Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is proposing to reduce overall premium rate levels for private employers beginning July 1, 2015. The 10.8 percent reduction would result in a decrease in projected annual premium of $153 million, the BWC. If …

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Fraternity Members Accused of Vandalism at Michigan Ski Resorts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/23/354963.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:46:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354963 Officials at ski resorts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula say University of Michigan fraternity members were responsible for thousands of dollars in vandalism. WWTV/WWUP reports that police escorted students from Treetops Resort in Dover Township near Gaylord sometime last weekend. …

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Sioux Falls Business Break-Ins Prompt Security Upgrades http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/23/354959.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:40:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354959 A string of office and commercial burglaries is prompting some Sioux Falls, S.D., businesses to upgrade security. The Argus Leader reports that since November, Sioux Falls police have had reports of almost 60 burglaries. A dozen businesses in three buildings …

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Universal Holdings P/C Subsidiary Enters Indiana Homeowners Market http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/23/354560.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:26:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354560 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 …

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Study Finds New Predictors of Workers’ Comp Outcomes in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/23/354970.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:10:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354970 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 …

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Arson Trial Begins over 2008 Fire at Nebraska Plant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/22/354941.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:14:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354941 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 …

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Company in Ohio Overpass Collapse Had Strong Safety Track Record http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/22/354937.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:04:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354937 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 …

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White Appointed Director of Innovation at Accident Fund Holdings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/22/354562.htm Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:31:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354562 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, …

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Michigan Police Targeting Speeding, Distracted Driving After Pileup http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/21/354468.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:25:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354468 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 …

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Associated Banc-Corp to Acquire Ahmann & Martin in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/20/354556.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:21:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354556 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 …

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J.M. Wilson Hires Hongisto as Branch Manager in Wisconsin http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/20/354552.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:16:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354552 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 …

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Republican Lawmakers in Missouri Considering Lawsuit Caps Again http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/20/354458.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:29:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354458 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 …

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Kansas State Official Links Quakes to Waste Water Disposal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/20/354462.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:27:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354462 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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