Ohio News

5 Members of Alleged Ohio Auto Insurance Fraud Ring Indicted

Five Cincinnati-area residents have been indicted on multiple counts of alleged insurance fraud for filing a significant number of false insurance claims in 2014 totaling approximately $85,000, the Ohio Department of Insurance announced. The department alleges that as part of …

Ohio Sues BP for $33M Over Tank Leak Cleanup Costs

BP Plc double dipped by taking a total of more than $33 million from an Ohio compensation fund and insurers to clean up leaks from underground storage tanks, according to the state’s attorney general. Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio’s …

Ohio House Passes Bill Protecting Skilled Volunteers from Liability

The Ohio House has passed a bill that gives legal protection to certain volunteers who provide service and expertise during emergencies. The measure gives architects, engineers, surveyors and tradespersons immunity from civil liability for errors or omissions that may occur …

15 Children Killed in Ohio Fires in 2014, 11 So Far This Year

Fires killed 15 children in Ohio last year and have claimed at least 11 young lives in just the first two months of 2015, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Many factors affect those statistics, but the chief of …

City’s Refusal to Pay for Sinkhole Damage Upsets Ohio Driver

A truck owner says the city of Dayton should compensate him for sinkhole damage that left his truck inoperable. The Dayton Daily News reports that 52-year-old Mike McDonald is infuriated that the city rejected his $10,000 claim. He says the …

Ohio Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool Dropped

Families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a northern Ohio cancer cluster have dropped their federal lawsuit linking the illnesses to Whirlpool Corp.’s washing machine factory. The families asked this past week to drop the suit although the …

Ohio’s Supreme Court Affirms State’s Power to Regulate Oil and Gas

Certain local zoning laws can’t be used to supersede Ohio’s state-level system for regulating oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the high court said that the …

Ohio Insurance Department Reveals Top Fraud, Enforcement Cases

Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced Ohio’s top fraud and enforcement cases for 2014 investigated by the Ohio Department of Insurance. During the calendar year, the department processed 7,173 allegations of agent misconduct and insurance fraud, initiated 1,709 …

Ohio Insurance Director Warns Insurers Against Use of Price Optimization

Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor has warned Ohio insurers against the use of price optimization that can result in unfair discrimination. Taylor recently issued Bulletin 2015-01, dated Jan. 29, to Ohio insurance companies noting that the …

Feds: Ohio Workplace Fatalities on the Rise

Workplace fatalities have been rising in Ohio, and federal officials cite lack of attention to safe work practices and training and the existence of younger and newer manufacturing and construction workforces. There had been an estimated 17 fatal workplace accidents …