Missouri News

Republican Lawmakers in Missouri Considering Lawsuit Caps Again

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 …

Boating, Traffic Fatalities Down in Missouri in 2014

Authorities say fewer people died on Missouri’s roads and waterways last year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says preliminary statistics count 753 traffic fatalities in 2014, compared with 757 fatalities in 2013 and 1,257 in 2005. Boating fatalities dropped to …

Missouri Fines Insurer Nearly $162K for Misstatements to Policyholders

The Missouri Department of Insurance announced that a regulatory settlement agreement has been reached with Humana Insurance Co. under which the company will pay a $161,800 fine to the Missouri State School Fund. Missouri regulators conducted a market conduct investigation …

Fowler Named President/CEO of Cameron Mutual Insurance

Cameron Mutual Insurance Company in Cameron, Mo., named Brad Fowler president and chief executive officer effective Jan.1, 2015. Fowler, who most recently served as chief operations officer, assumes the role following the retirement of Gary Myers. Myers served as president …

Safety Of Guardrails Questioned by Kansas, Missouri

Missouri and Kansas transportation officials have suspended installations of a guardrail system after concerns that parts of the guardrails break off on impact and run through vehicles, causing injuries to drivers and passengers. The two states are among 40 that …

Missouri Company Cited in Death of Teen Worker

A southeast Missouri construction company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 13 serious safety violations in an investigation that began after the death of a 16-year-old worker. The Southeast Missourian reports that OSHA announced the …

Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice

Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

Missouri DOI Recommends Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease

The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 4.4 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance loss costs for 2015. The key driver of the decrease is the favorable loss experience in 2012, according to the department. “A decrease in large …

Unlicensed Uber Drivers Ticketed by Plainclothes Officers in Missouri Town

Plainclothes Columbia, Mo., police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ridesharing company Uber. City staff and Uber had been negotiating regulations that would have licensed rideshare drivers after an application process that included a background check, proof …

Rewards Offered for Information in Missouri Protest Arsons

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to arrests in the intentional fires set after the grand jury announcement in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting. The ATF announced the …