Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Kansas Insurance Commissioner, Others Urge Veto of Multistate Health Compact http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/16/326522.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:55:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326522 Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and several health care organizations are urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto legislation that would allow Kansas to join a multistate health care compact. Praeger, who is not seeking re-election, says that there are too …

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North Dakota Work Comp Agency Sues Aon eSolutions over Failed Project http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/16/326508.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:28:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326508 North Dakota’s workers’ compensation agency has sued a Chicago company over a failed $17 million computer system overhaul. Workforce Safety and Insurance hired Aon eSolutions in 2007 for a software system upgrade. The work was to cost $14 million but …

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Record Snowfalls in Michigan Bring Threat of Flooding http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/16/326506.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:26:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326506 A spring storm shattered seasonal snowfall records in Detroit and Flint, Mich., as melting snow and rising rivers from heavy rain threatened homes on April 15 in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The snow came after a weather roller coaster Monday, with …

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More State Aid Sought for Flood Control in Minot, North Dakota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/15/326315.htm Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:36:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326315 Officials in the Minot, N.D., area say more state aid will be needed for an $820 million flood protection project for the Souris River Basin unless federal funds materialize. The State Water Commission developed the flood protection plan for the …

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Unlicensed Ohio Company Told to Stop Selling Insurance Product http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/15/326309.htm Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:35:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326309 Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor ordered an unlicensed insurance entity, My Community Care LLC, and its owner Tannile Ortiz to stop selling what the insurance department says is an unlawful product in the state of …

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Couch, Leung Named to Leadership Posts at Missouri Insurance Department http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/15/326306.htm Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:33:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326306 The Missouri Department of Insurance appointed two veteran regulators to key leadership posts. Carrie Couch has been named the acting director of the Consumer Affairs Division and William Leung has joined the Division of Insurance Company Regulation as the life …

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Ridesharing Bill with Insurance Component OK’d by Illinois House http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/14/326219.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:47:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326219 Legislation creating rules for unregulated rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar is moving through the Illinois Legislature. House lawmakers voted to put regulations on commercial ridesharing with an 80-26 vote. Under HB 4075, all drivers would be required …

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Nebraska Store Manager Who Was Shot to Get Workers’ Comp Benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/14/326211.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:41:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326211 An Omaha, Neb., clothing store manager shot up to nine times in an act of revenge for reporting an earlier robbery is entitled to compensation for drug and alcohol rehab and treatment of post-traumatic stress syndrome following the shooting. The …

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Officials: Squirrel Causes $300K in Damage to Indiana Community Center http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/14/326209.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:36:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326209 Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a Fort Wayne, Ind., community center set to open in June. Parks Department officials say the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park, causing …

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State Farm CEO: Headquarters Not Moving from Bloomington http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/14/326207.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:35:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326207 State Farm Insurance Co. CEO Ed Rust Jr. says the company’s plans to expand in Arizona, Texas and Georgia will not affect the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Ill. According to The Pantagraph in Bloomington Rust told a crowd at Illinois …

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Use of Cellphone Tracking Device in Michigan County Questioned http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/11/326098.htm Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:15:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326098 Oakland County commissioners asked no questions last March before unanimously approving a cellphone tracking device so powerful it was used by the military to fight terrorists. Now, though, some privacy advocates question why one of the safest counties in Michigan …

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Ohio Fracking Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/11/326096.htm Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:01:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326096 A couple who sued to try to stop shale gas drilling around a state-owned lake in eastern Ohio won an early victory this week as a judge ruled their lawsuit can proceed. The Franklin County judge ruled that the Guernsey …

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Legislative Auditor to Review Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/11/326088.htm Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:51:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326088 Minnesota’s legislative auditor said he plans to conduct a thorough, independent review of the troubled launch of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. “The evaluation will be a comprehensive, in-depth evaluation of many issues related to the development of the website but …

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North Dakota Regulators Recover $6.3M for Insurance Consumers in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/10/325991.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:39:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325991 North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm announced that almost $6.3 million was recovered or saved for North Dakota citizens in 2013 through intervention by the state insurance department. This number represents money recovered on behalf of North Dakotans through the …

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Judge’s Order Allows Headlight-Flashing in Missouri County http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/10/325977.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:38:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325977 A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting a St. Louis County town from ticketing drivers for flashing their headlights to warn other drivers that police are nearby. U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey issued the injunction. The American Civil …

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Minnesota Governor Lashes Out at GOP Critics of Health Insurance Exchange http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/10/325975.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:13:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325975 Gov. Mark Dayton lashed out at critics of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, accusing them of waging a propaganda campaign to destroy it. The Democratic governor spoke to reporters a day after GOP members of the Legislature’s MNsure oversight committee said …

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Minnesota Demolition Company Fined for Ballpark Worker’s Death http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/09/325893.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:25:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325893 Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health is fining a company nearly $52,000 for violations following an accident that killed a demolition worker on a new St. Paul Saints ballpark. Johnny Valek, 61, of Plymouth, was killed in September when a concrete …

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Tesla Sued by Wisconsin ‘Lemon Law King’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/09/325886.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:19:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325886 Wisconsin’s self-proclaimed lemon law king filed a lawsuit against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of selling a defective electric sedan to a Franklin doctor. Tesla is currently fighting new regulations in New Jersey that effectively prohibits car …

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Ohio Jury Awards $39M in Fatal Repaving Accident http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/09/325877.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:02:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325877 An Ohio jury has awarded $39 million to the family of a construction inspector killed during a highway repaving project. An attorney for the family of victim Randy Roginski described the working conditions in the construction zone on Interstate 271 …

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Nebraska Court: Agent Breached Contract but Client List Not a Trade Secret http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/08/325777.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:30:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325777 The Nebraska Supreme Court recently upheld the finding of a lower court that a crop insurance agent breached the terms of her contract with a former employer when she went to work for another agency. However, in First Express Services …

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Report: Bicycle Fatalities, Injuries Down in Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/08/325792.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:25:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325792 Riding a bicycle on Ohio roads seems to be getting safer, according to state statistics. The Ohio Department of Public Safety statistics show that fewer bicyclists were injured or killed while riding in the state last year compared with the …

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Nearly $3M Awarded in Kansas Malpractice Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/08/325794.htm Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:22:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325794 The parents of a Missouri man awarded nearly $3 million by a Kansas jury say they hope the case helps raise awareness of the risks and possible complications from pain injections. A Johnson County, Kan., jury awarded the family of …

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Iowa Revokes Insurance, Securities Licenses of Illinois Producer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/07/325679.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:42:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325679 Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart has revoked the insurance producer license and securities agent license of Deanna R. McClean of Rock Island, Ill., state insurance regulators announced. McClean is also permanently barred from reapplying for those licenses or applying for …

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Mackey Named VP-Underwriting at Columbia Insurance Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/07/325675.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:40:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325675 Columbia Insurance Group (CIG), headquartered in Columbia, Mo., welcomed Scott Mackey to its executive team in the newly created role of vice president of underwriting. Mackey is a seasoned insurance professional with 30 years in marketing and underwriting roles with …

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Iowa Man Faces Prison for Arson, Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/07/325673.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:39:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325673 A Davenport, Iowa, man faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced in May for trying to burn down his home. The Quad-City Times reports that a Scott County jury convicted 47-year-old Brian Earl Lebs of second-degree arson …

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Lincoln, Nebraska to Pay $127K to Homeowners for Sewage Flood Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/07/325666.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:36:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325666 The city of Lincoln, Neb., is paying thousands to more than a dozen homeowners whose basements were flooded with sewage. A water main break in the Belmont neighborhood of north Lincoln early New Year’s Day filled a nearby manhole and …

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All Target Data Breach Cases to Be Heard in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/04/325482.htm Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:20:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325482 The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that the many lawsuits that accuse Target Corp. of failing to protect customers from a data breach will be consolidated in the retailer’s home state Minnesota. The order brings together 33 lawsuits …

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Iowa Seeking to Reduce Fatal Crashes on Rural Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/03/325441.htm Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:04:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325441 An effort to reduce fatal crashes on secondary rural roads has been launched in Iowa. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau announced the effort, which began April 1 and continues through Sept. 30, 2015. The program will focus on rural secondary …

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Energi Opens Office in Chicago Area http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/03/325438.htm Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:59:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325438 Energi, a provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry, has opened an office in Downers Grove, Ill. The new office, located at the Esplanade I, will provide operational support for Energi’s Midwest risk mitigation and insurance …

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The Leavitt Group Creates Leavitt Heartland Insurance Services http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/03/325435.htm Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:55:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325435 The Leavitt Group’s Spearfish and Sturgis, S.D. offices, formerly part of Western Dakota Insurors, are forming a new agency called Leavitt Heartland Insurance Services, which will remain part of the Leavitt Group. All personnel will remain with the agency and …

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