Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 22 May 2015 23:07:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Watercraft Laws Taking Effect in Illinois Are Aimed at Safety http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/22/369169.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 16:35:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369169 Law enforcement officials say Illinois boaters should be aware of new laws taking effect this year. Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran Jr. says the laws will keep boaters safe. It’s now a requirement to display a bright orange flag from …

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Ridesharing Service Expands to 5 More Wisconsin Cities http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/22/369167.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 16:33:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369167 The ridesharing service Uber is expanding to five more Wisconsin cities. Uber already operates in Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay. Thursday it rolls out in Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, Racine, Kenosha and Waukesha. The Journal Sentinel reported the expansion comes …

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Homeowners in a South Dakota County Won’t See Flood Insurance Surcharge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/22/369165.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 16:30:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369165 More than 400 homeowners whose property lies along the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota are no longer facing a potential surcharge on their flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had threated to charge $50 to those homeowners in …

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Keystone Takes on Two New Missouri Partners http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/22/369156.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 16:16:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369156 Keystone Insurers Group welcomed Springfield, Mo.-based agency Barker Phillips Jackson as its second franchise partner in the state and Winter-Dent & Company of Jefferson City as its third. Earlier in the week Keystone announced its first franchise partner in Missouri. …

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Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires James R. Weir in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/22/369152.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 16:05:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369152 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired James R. Weir Insurance Agency Inc. in Mankato, Minn. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jay Weir, Michael Donohoe and their associates will continue to operate from their current location under the …

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J.M. Wilson in Michigan Promotes Councell to Fleet Underwriter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/21/369020.htm Thu, 21 May 2015 16:16:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369020 Portage, MI.-based J.M. Wilson has promoted Jennifer Councell to fleet transportation underwriter. Councell is responsible for quoting new and renewal business for independent insurance agents in 21 states. Councell has been with J.M. Wilson since 2007, where she began as …

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South Dakota Officials Assess Delmont-Area Tornado Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/21/369017.htm Thu, 21 May 2015 16:07:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369017 South Dakota and federal officials this week were assessing tornado damage to homes and businesses in Charles Mix and Douglas counties, including the town of Delmont. Officials say the preliminary assessment is the first step to determining whether aid will be made …

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Hortica in Illinois and Sentry in Wisconsin Sign Affiliation Agreement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/20/368893.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 21:45:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368893 Sentry Insurance a Mutual Co. and Florists’ Mutual Insurance Co. have entered into an affiliation agreement, under which upon completion of the affiliation and approval by the applicable insurance departments Hortica will become a member of the Sentry Insurance Group. …

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Missouri General Joins Keystone Insurers Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/20/368891.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 21:38:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368891 St. Louis, Mo.-based agency Missouri General Insurance Agency has become a franchise partner in Keystone Insurers Group. Missouri General offers business and personal insurance, and benefits and financial services. Keystone is headquartered in Northumberland, Penn., and is owned by its …

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Family of Boy Who Died at Michigan Farm Reaches $100K Settlement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/20/368865.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 16:43:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368865 A $100,000 settlement has been reached in a federal wrongful death lawsuit by the family of one of two young people who died in 2010 after falling into a tank at a Barry County dairy farm. The Grand Rapids Press …

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Ohio Group Unveils Plan to Deal With Cyberattacks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/20/368861.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 16:40:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368861 A group of politicians, law enforcement members and business leaders has given its blueprint for how Ohio communities can deal with cyberattacks to the state Emergency Management Agency. The Columbus Dispatch reported the Cybersecurity Work Group unveiled its report on …

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$1.25M Settlement Reached by Chicago Archdiocese, Abuse Victim http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/20/368858.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 16:38:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368858 An attorney says the Archdiocese of Chicago has reached a $1.25 million settlement with a man who claims he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest. Plaintiff’s attorney Eugene Hollander announced Monday the settlement was reached over the weekend. The …

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Illinois Court Urged by Philip Morris to Toss $10B Smokers’ Verdict http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/20/368854.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 16:35:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368854 A $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA over misleading consumers about the safety of “light” cigarettes should be overturned, lawyers for the company argued in the Illinois Supreme Court. The award was first made in 2003 for a class …

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Michigan Seat Belt Campaign Planned, to Include Landmarks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/19/368690.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 16:00:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368690 Michigan law enforcement officials are kicking off a seat belt enforcement campaign that’s scheduled to run through the end of the month. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says Michigan landmarks will be “buckling up” to celebrate Seat Belt …

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Marijuana Industry in Illinois Places Hopes in Hands of Governor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/19/368688.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 15:57:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368688 A proposal to extend the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program beyond 2017 may soon gain passage in Springfield. That would mean the industry’s prospects could come to rest with Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner has said the program should not be …

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Michigan Village Outlines Plans to Keep Federal Flood Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/19/368686.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 15:55:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368686 A southeastern Michigan community has told federal officials that its plans to comply with a flood insurance program include taking a resident to court to make him raise his home. The Monroe News reported Saturday that Estral Beach President Danny …

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Wisconsin Couple Sues Over Sinkhole Injuries http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/19/368684.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 15:52:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368684 An Eau Claire, Wis. couple is suing the Village of Boyd over injuries caused by a sinkhole on one of its streets. Thomas and Dawn Stagliano are seeking unspecified damages in Chippewa County Circuit Court. Their lawsuit says Thomas Stagliano …

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South Dakota Egg-Laying Chicken Farm Hit with Bird Flu http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/19/368442.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 05:24:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368442 An eastern South Dakota farm with 1.3 million egg-laying chickens is the first in the chicken-production business in the state to be infected with a deadly flu virus despite efforts to prevent it, state and farm officials said. Flandreau-based Dakota …

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Missouri Jury Assesses $82M Verdict Against Debt Collection Firm http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/18/368562.htm Mon, 18 May 2015 16:12:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368562 A Jackson County, Mo. jury has assessed about $82 million in damages against a debt collection firm that demanded payment from the wrong woman. The jury awarded $251,000 in damages to Maria Guadalupe Mejia Alcantara and assessed $82 million in …

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Ohio Lt. Gov./Insurance Director Taylor Tackles Multiple Roles http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/18/368414.htm Mon, 18 May 2015 05:53:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368414 As Ohio’s lieutenant governor, top insurance regulator and leader of a statewide regulatory reform initiative, it might seem that Mary Taylor’s public responsibilities would often pull in her in conflicting directions. That would not be the case. Taylor’s two primary …

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Bird Flu Cuts Supplies to Minnesota Turkey Litter Power Plant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/18/368404.htm Mon, 18 May 2015 05:53:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368404 A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest’s poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they’re confident they can keep it …

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Safety Officials Fine Illinois Auto Parts Company $114K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/15/368381.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 16:50:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368381 A Peoria, Ill., auto parts manufacturer has been fined $114,100 for federal workplace safety violations that the government says put workers at risk of amputation and other injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it …

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Former Joplin Master Developer Owes City $1.4M: Judge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/15/368388.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 16:47:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368388 A Jasper County judge has entered a $1.4 million default judgment against a master development firm hired to help Joplin, Mo., recover from the May 2011 tornado. Jasper County Judge Gayle Crane granted the financial award against Wallace Bajjali Development …

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Outlooks for American Agricultural Insurance Positive http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/15/368373.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 16:33:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368373 A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of American Agricultural Insurance Co. (AAIC) of Indianapolis, Ind. The revision of the outlooks to positive reflects …

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Nebraska Insurance Agency Loses Round But Fight Continues http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/15/368371.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 16:30:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368371 A judge has ordered a defunct Nebraska insurance firm to pay Florida regulators at least $2.2 million, but this week’s ruling isn’t likely to settle the case that began in 1998. The Nebraska Supreme Court has already ruled on aspects …

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Fire Causes $500K in Damage to 500 Festival Parade Float http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/14/368236.htm Thu, 14 May 2015 16:55:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368236 A fire at an Indianapolis warehouse where floats are stored for the 500 Festival Parade has heavily damaged one of those floats. Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Rita Reith says a fire on the city’s south side caused an estimated $500,000 …

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Missouri Woman Awarded $77M in Wells Fargo Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/14/368233.htm Thu, 14 May 2015 16:53:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368233 A Missouri jury has awarded a woman $77 million in damages in a lawsuit alleging Wells Fargo Bank mismanaged her family trusts, costing her tens of millions of dollars. The St. Louis County jury, after a trial of more than …

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Michigan, Enbridge Reach Deal over 2010 Oil Spill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/14/368231.htm Thu, 14 May 2015 16:50:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368231 A company responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history will restore or create 300 acres of wetlands as part of a sweeping agreement to improve the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan, state officials said. …

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South Dakota Tornado Damaged 84 Structures http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/14/368217.htm Thu, 14 May 2015 16:39:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368217 Officials have confirmed damage to 84 structures from the tornado that ripped through the southeastern South Dakota town of Delmont on May 10. State Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan says six of the structures were in rural areas in Douglas …

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Ohio Manufacturer Faces $134K in Fines for Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/14/368210.htm Thu, 14 May 2015 16:27:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368210 A federal agency says a central Ohio rubber-hose manufacturer accused of 11 worker safety violations is facing proposed penalties of $134,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says HBD/Thermoid Inc., based in Bellefontaine, puts workers at risk of serious injuries …

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