Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:55:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Kansas Firm Sentenced for Mishandling Chemicals http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/28/380018.htm Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:49:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380018 An El Dorado, Kan., company has been ordered to pay $97,612 in restitution and a $10,000 fine for mishandling waste chemicals, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. The company also must pay a $400 special assessment and serve three years on …

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Company in Minnesota Vikings Stadium Fatality Had Safety Citations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/28/380006.htm Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:33:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380006 The subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has received nine citations for worksite safety violations in the past five years, according to public records. A Berwald Roofing Co. employee was killed on Aug. …

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Russell Named President, CEO of Ohio Mutual Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/28/380003.htm Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:32:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=380003 Mark C. Russell has been tapped as the next president and chief executive officer of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, succeeding the company’s current retiring leader Jim Kennedy. Russell comes to Ohio Mutual from Columbus, Ohio-based Grange Insurance, where he has …

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AssuredPartners Acquires Insurance & Benefits Group in Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/27/379885.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:27:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379885 AssuredPartners Inc. has acquired Insurance & Benefits Group LLC (IBG), headquartered in Sedalia, Mo. IBG’s 31 employees will continue to operate from its three Missouri locations — Sedalia, Lee’s Summit and Warrensburg — under the local leadership of IBG President …

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Victims Seek Review of Wisconsin Clergy Abuse Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/27/379882.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:26:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379882 A group of clergy sexual abuse victims called for an independent commission to investigate molestation accusations that are sealed as part of a bankruptcy case involving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The move comes a day after church lawyers …

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Kansas City Restaurant Explosion Lawsuit Goes to Jury http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/27/379880.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:25:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379880 After five weeks of testimony, lawyers presented closing arguments in the civil trial involving a fatal explosion more than two years ago at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant. The civil lawsuit stems from the February 2013 natural-gas explosion and fire …

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Ohio Licenses First Captive Insurance Company http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/26/379765.htm Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:55:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379765 Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced that Imprise Financial PCC Inc. is now licensed as Ohio’s first ‘protected cell’ captive insurance company. Through its protected cells, Imprise Financial will allow businesses to insure some of their own commercial risks, realize greater …

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BNSF Seeks Delay in Lawsuit over North Dakota Derailment http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/26/379763.htm Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:50:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379763 A lawyer for BNSF says a civil lawsuit against the railway over a derailment near Casselton, N.D., nearly two years ago should be put on hold until it can be determined whether a broken axel was the cause of the …

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Kansas Man Sentenced for Iowa for Insurance Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/26/379752.htm Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:23:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379752 A 38-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for mail fraud connected to an insurance commissions scam in Iowa. Brian Henton, of Olathe, Kansas, was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in …

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Treend Named Executive VP at Britton Gallagher http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/25/379584.htm Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:49:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379584 Privately owned insurance brokerage Britton Gallagher, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has tapped Eric Treend to serve as executive vice president of its expanding Recreation & Attractions Division. To support the expansion, Britton Gallagher has added staff to the division including …

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Target Corp. to Pay $2.8M to Settle Hiring Discrimination Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/25/379580.htm Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:46:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379580 Target Corp. has agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle a hiring discrimination claim filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC says three employment assessments formerly used by the Minneapolis-based retailer disproportionately screened out applicants for professional …

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Michigan’s New ‘Smart’ Roads May ‘Talk’ to Vehicles http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/25/379577.htm Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:44:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379577 Highway officials are beginning to install sensors and cameras on roads near Detroit that will be able to provide construction, traffic and weather updates to motorists. The Michigan Department of Transportation recently installed the system along 20 miles of Interstate …

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Geologist: Kansas Earthquakes Linked to Injection Wells http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/24/379429.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:23:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379429 Kansas Geological Survey believes an increase in earthquakes in two southern Kansas counties is linked to saltwater injection after oil and natural gas drilling, according to an agency scientist. The agency had said in the past that there was a …

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Ohio Chiropractor to Plead Guilty to $696K Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/24/379425.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:18:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379425 A suburban Columbus, Ohio, chiropractor has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to defrauding health insurance companies for nearly $700,000. The Columbus Dispatch reports 44-year-old Jeffrey Shope is charged with overbilling health insurance companies by $696,373 from 2009 through …

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Jury Sides with Jordan in Name Value Case, Awards $8.9M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/24/379423.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:17:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379423 Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan’s identity have handed him a major win, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission. …

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Court Says Jury Should Decide If FedEx Drivers are Employees in Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/24/379395.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:43:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379395 FedEx Corp. drivers will have to start over in a fight over their employee status in Missouri. A federal appeals court said Friday that a trial judge should have let a jury decide whether the drivers were independent contractors rather …

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Michigan’s PIP Maximum Work Loss Benefit Rises Slightly http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/21/379317.htm Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:29:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379317 The maximum work loss benefit payable under policies of personal protection insurance in Michigan will rise very slightly for the year beginning Oct. 1, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced. In Bulletin 2015-20-INS, DIFS Director Patrick M. …

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Hardy Named an Assistant Director at Ohio Department of Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/21/379301.htm Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:50:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379301 Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has named Andy Hardy as the assistant director of legislative affairs and communications for the Ohio Department of Insurance. Prior to joining the Ohio Department of Insurance, Hardy was the director of public affairs for Finance Fund. …

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Illinois Contractor May Face Criminal Charges for Asbestos Exposure http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/21/379282.htm Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:17:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379282 A southern Illinois contractor whose companies were fined nearly $2 million for federal workplace safety violations involving asbestos exposure could face a criminal inquiry. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Joseph Kehrer of Albers, Kehrer Brothers Construction and …

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Missouri-Based Graves Insurance Adds Cannon, Promotes Hurst http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/21/379082.htm Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:24:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379082 Graves Insurance, based in Kirkwood, Mo., hired Allie Cannon as personal lines account manager and promoted Amanda Hurst to commercial account manager. Cannon’s responsibilities include assisting producers in generating new business, as well as serving specific clientele and prospects. She …

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Assessment of Storm Damage in 29 Indiana Counties Begins http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/20/379158.htm Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:42:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379158 Federal, state and local officials have begun assessing the damage from severe storms and flooding in 29 Indiana counties between June 7 and July 29. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said the preliminary damage assessments that began Tuesday morning …

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Meadowbrook Insurance Acquires Mackinaw Administrators http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/20/379155.htm Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:40:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379155 Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc., based in Southfield, Mich., has acquired Mackinaw Administrators LLC (Mackinaw). Founded in 1995, Mackinaw is a Michigan-based program and claims administrator that provides tailored insurance and risk management programs and other related services for both group …

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Illinois Agencies AAdvantage Insurance, Premier Insurance Merge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/19/379078.htm Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:21:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379078 AAdvantage Insurance Group in Glen Carbon, Ill., led by founder Dave Viox, recently announced a merger with Premier Insurance Associates located in Edwardsville, Ill. Vince and Deb Valesano, former owners of Premier Insurance Associates, will also join AAdvantage Insurance Group. …

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Wisconsin Company to Pay $120K in Sexual Harassment Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/19/379046.htm Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:37:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379046 Janesville, Wis.-based Hufcor Inc., which manufactures operable and accordion partitions, will pay $120,000 and furnish other relief under a consent decree entered in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency …

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Nebraska Jogger Who Sued City over Uneven Sidewalk Loses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/19/379041.htm Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:27:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379041 A jogger who blamed Lincoln, Neb., officials after falling on an uneven sidewalk has lost her lawsuit against the city. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Lancaster County District Judge Andrew Jacobsen dismissed the lawsuit Dawn Amory filed. Amory had been …

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Walker’s Proposed Health Insurance Plan Features Tax Credits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/19/379038.htm Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:25:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379038 Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would extend refundable tax credits to help pay for private health insurance based on age instead of income, restructure Medicaid and allow people …

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Illinois Event Organizers Sued Over Man’s Tent-Collapse Death http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/18/378919.htm Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:54:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378919 The wife of a man killed when a tent collapsed at a suburban Chicago festival has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that Nicole Nincic filed the lawsuit in Cook County court. She alleges organizers of …

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Illinois Woman Convicted on Multiple Counts of Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/18/378912.htm Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:46:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378912 Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling announced an investigation by the department’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit (WCFU) has resulted in the conviction of an Algonquin woman, Tracy Williams (aka: Tracy Wanker). Williams, who was named in …

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NCCI Files for Workers’ Comp Rate Increase in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/18/378910.htm Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:45:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378910 The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has filed a workers’ compensation rate proposal in Iowa that would increase voluntary and assigned risk rates by 2.7 percent from the current rates that became effective Jan. 1, 2015, the state insurance …

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Safety Violations at Ohio Chicken Plant Lead to $861K in Fines http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/08/17/378773.htm Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:47:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378773 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the owners of a northeast Ohio chicken processing plant $861,000 for what the agency says are safety violations that expose workers to the risk of amputation, electrocution and falls. OSHA says in …

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