Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:14:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.2 Michigan Bill Would Limit Liability of Private Air Strip Owners http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/24/365622.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:43:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365622 Horse owners and private air strip operators in Michigan would be exempt from liability in certain cases where people are injured under two bills that have moved through the Republican-controlled House. One bill, passed by a 79-31 vote, would add …

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Parents of Missouri Teen Killed by Police Sue City of Ferguson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/24/365620.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:42:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365620 Ferguson, Mo., was sued by the family of an unarmed black teenager whose fatal shooting by a police officer triggered nationwide protests, while subsequent deaths at the hands of police fueled a national debate about how law enforcement treats minorities. …

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Bird Flu ‘Catastrophe’ Growing in Midwest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/24/365618.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:41:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365618 Deadly bird flu swelled in the poultry industry in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin amid speculation that winds may be carrying virus particles into facilities housing turkeys and chickens. “This is a catastrophe for both the turkey and the egg industries,” …

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Missouri Bill with Medical Malpractice Caps Sent to Governor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/23/365479.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:20:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365479 A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps. The Missouri House voted 125-27 to …

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Minnesota Manufacturers Relying on Robots Amid Worker Shortage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/23/365475.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:05:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365475 A growing number of Minnesota manufacturers are turning to robots amid a shortage of skilled workers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports small companies are following the lead of larger manufacturers. Bob Kill, president and CEO of consulting firm Enterprise Minnesota, …

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Amerisure Makes Field Marketing & Underwriting Appointments http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365363.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:39:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365363 Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co., based in Farmington Hills, Mich., appointed Mark Gromek regional vice president and promoted Laura A. Irwin to director of Field Marketing & Underwriting (FMU) Service and Support. Gromek, based in Atlanta, and Irwin, based in Farmington …

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Missouri’s POWERS Insurance and Benefits Opens Satellite Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365361.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:37:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365361 Independent insurance agency, POWERS Insurance and Benefits, headquartered in Clayton, Mo., announced it has opened a satellite office at 17998 Chesterfield Airport Rd. in Chesterfield, Mo. POWERS hired four new associates to establish the West County presence, bringing the total …

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Wisconsin Legislature Passes Ridesharing Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365359.htm Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:35:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365359 The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would create statewide regulations on ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The legislation, which already passed the House, now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. The measure would prohibit any local ordinances governing …

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Safety National Rebrands Reinsurance Platform: Safety National Re http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365331.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:41:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365331 St. Louis, Mo.-based Safety National Casualty Corp. announced it has rebranded its reinsurance platform as Safety National Re. Safety National Re will continue to offer its existing products and solid financial security, which includes over $1.25 billion in surplus as …

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Michigan Insurance Wholesaler J.M. Wilson Promotes Van Niman http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365329.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:35:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365329 Portage, Mich.-based managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Dawn Van Niman who will be serving multiple roles as accounting and finance associate, agency coordinator assistant, and human resource assistant. Van Niman will be responsible for …

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Landlords in Michigan Town Must Ensure Renters Keep Homes Crime-Free http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365327.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:26:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365327 A new ordinance in Saginaw will require renters to pledge to keep their homes free of crime and puts landlords on the hook for making sure tenants obey the rules. The ordinance, dubbed the “crime-free lease addendum,” was approved on …

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Kansas Gov. Says ‘No’ to Expanded Uber Driver Regulation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/22/365315.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:06:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365315 Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill that would have increased regulations on ridesharing companies like Uber, a decision that could face an override vote when the Legislature returns from its annual recess April 29. In a statement, the …

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Westfield CEO Clay Named Chair of Team Northeast Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/21/365191.htm Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:08:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365191 Jim Clay, chairman and CEO of the Ohio-based insurance and financial services company, Westfield Group, has been named chairman of the private sector business development group, Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO). Team NEO is a regional collaboration of Northeast Ohio’s …

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Chief: No Pattern to String of Rental Home Fires in Southern Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/21/365199.htm Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:58:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365199 A southern Illinois fire chief says a string of fires at rental properties do not appear to be connected. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports there have been 12 fires at rental homes since May 2014. Seven of them happened in …

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Ratings of Illinois-Based Unique Insurance Downgraded http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/21/365197.htm Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:56:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365197 A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating to “bb-“ from “bb” of Unique Insurance Co. (Unique) of Chicago, Ill. The outlook for both ratings has been revised to negative from stable. …

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Lewis Named Sales Director at Minnesota’s CHS Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/20/365081.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:01:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365081 Bryan Lewis has been named director of sales for St. Paul, Minn.-based CHS Insurance, an agribusiness insurance broker and full-service insurance subsidiary of CHS Inc. Lewis will have responsibility for the property/casualty and group benefits sales teams, as well as …

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Michigan Auto Insurance Bills Passed by Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/20/365075.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:57:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365075 A divided state Senate approved revisions to Michigan’s auto insurance law that backers said would curtail costs in the only state to require unlimited medical benefits for those severely injured in crashes and that opponents warned wouldn’t guarantee rate relief. …

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Chicago Agent Glad She Made the Captive-to-Independent Leap http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/20/364942.htm Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:15:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364942 Making the jump from a being a captive agent to an independent one is not for the faint of heart, says one veteran Chicago-based agent. But Sharon Robles has no regrets, none at all. Robles was a successful captive agent for …

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Ratings of Illinois-Based Specialty Risk of America Downgraded http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/17/364865.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:01:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364865 A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to B+ (Good) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “bbb-” from “bbb+” of Specialty Risk of America (SPRISKA) in Springfield, Ill. The outlook for the ICR remains negative, while the …

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Insurance Department Recovers $4.4M for North Dakotans http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/17/364859.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:51:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364859 The North Dakota Insurance Department says it helped residents recover or save nearly $4.4 million last year. The department says the money was recovered on behalf of North Dakota residents through its hotline, complaints filed by consumers against insurance companies …

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Michigan Auto Insurance Reform Legislation Advances http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/16/364777.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:45:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364777 A legislative panel has approved changes to Michigan’s auto insurance law, voting to reduce how much insurers pay for medical care, establish an anti-fraud authority and create a new entity to cover expenses for people catastrophically hurt in car crashes. …

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$26.2M Flood Mitigation Grant Approved for Burlington, Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/16/364708.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:33:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364708 City officials in Burlington, Iowa, announced it will be able to build flood walls and other barriers to keep the Mississippi River at bay during flood events. The city has been awarded a $26.2 million grant from the state Homeland …

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Missouri High Court Upholds Agricultural Liability Limit in Hog Farm Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/16/364701.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:24:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364701 Missouri’s highest court has upheld limits to the damages property owners can recover in nuisance lawsuits against agricultural operations. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in favor of a hog farm in a case where neighbors challenged the constitutionality of a …

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South Dakota Sees Uptick in Un-Belted Driver Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/16/364697.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:20:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364697 The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says there has been a significant bump in the number of drivers who die because they crash while not wearing a seat belt this year. Public Safety Department Secretary Trevor Jones said that …

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Missouri Lawsuit Targets Anthem Insurance Subsidiaries http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/15/364561.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:33:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364561 A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance subsidiaries of failing to safeguard sensitive consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem Inc.’s computer networks. A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf …

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Feds: Ohio Flood-Control Project Would Cost $66M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/15/364492.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:46:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364492 A plan to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River in northwestern Ohio, which includes building a 10-mile channel to divert water away from downtown Findlay, would cost nearly $66 million, according to the federal agency overseeing the project. The price …

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Illinois Prep Sports Group: Concussions Lawsuit ‘Threatens’ Football http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/15/364490.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:44:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364490 The nation’s first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide. In its 16-page motion filed in Cook …

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Nebraska Gov. Signs Law Boosting Protections for Pregnant Workers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/15/364486.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:40:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364486 Pregnant workers will have the right to easier workloads and modified schedules under a new Nebraska law. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill to create better employment protections for expectant mothers. The law requires employers to acknowledge physical limitations of …

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Adjusters Say Hundreds of Cars Damaged by Hail in Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/15/364480.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:27:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364480 Insurance adjusters are still trying to figure out just how many cars on dealership lots and at private homes in the Farmington and Park Hills area of eastern Missouri were damaged by last week’s hail storm. Severe storms dumped pea- …

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JLT Specialty Insurance Appoints Najim Senior VP, Analytics & Consulting http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/15/364477.htm Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:26:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364477 Chicgo-based JLT Specialty Insurance Services Inc. (JLT Specialty USA), a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. (JLT), appointed Chris Najim as senior vice president of analytics and consulting. Najim will work alongside JLT Specialty brokers and other client …

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