Wisconsin News

Train Crash in Wisconsin Injures 2, Spills Oil

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens …

Hailstorm Damages Crops in Northeastern Wisconsin

A severe hailstorm caused significant damage to crops in northeastern Wisconsin, farmers and researchers said. Matt Stasiak, an agricultural researcher, tells the Door County Advocate the hail crushed cherry trees, grapevines, winter wheat, corn and other crops in Sevastopol on …

Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. Ratings Downgraded, Withdrawn

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 Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. (EMIC) in Hortonville, Wis. The outlook for both ratings remains negative. Concurrently, A.M. Best …

Wisconsin Regulators Say 166,000 Gained Insurance Coverage

Newly released numbers by the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner’s office shows that nearly 166,000 Wisconsin residents purchased health insurance by June 1. But it’s not known how many of those people were previously uninsured. Gov. Scott Walker has promised to cut …

M3 Insurance Promotes Schreiber to Surety Account Executive

Wisconsin-based independent insurance agency M3 Insurance has promoted Travis Schreiber to surety account executive. Schreiber serves as M3’s in-house surety expert and advisor, managing relationships between surety companies and M3 clients, and partnering with M3’s property/casualty sales team to ensure …

Iowa Agent Gets 41 Months in Prison for Defrauding Insurance Companies

A former Des Moines, Iowa, insurance agent was sentenced to 41 months in prison for insurance fraud, the Iowa Insurance Division announced. Melissa Ilene Williams, of Dike, Iowa, also was ordered to pay restitution for fabricating and submitting life insurance …

Wisconsin City Sues Organizer of Pub Crawl to Recoup Costs

The city of Oshkosh, Wis., is suing a man who organized a costly pub crawl without a permit. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports the city filed a small claims lawsuit against Joseph Kubiak for money it spent on police patrolling and …

Appeal Likely After $25M Medical Malpractice Award in Wisconsin

A Milwaukee, Wis., woman and her husband have been awarded more than $25 million in a medical malpractice case. The woman’s arms and legs were amputated in 2011 after a strep infection went undetected. A Milwaukee County jury determined Ascaris …

Wisconsin Insurer Fails to Activate Coverage for Nearly 300

Nearly 300 people who applied for stand-alone dental coverage from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Wisconsin through the federal health care exchange thought they had policies but didn’t have them activated, according to enforcement records from the state’s Office of …

New Wisconsin Law Aims to Protect Against ‘Storm Chasers’

There’s a new state law that aims to protect homeowners against unscrupulous contractors who offer to repair the sort of storm damage that occurred last week in southern Wisconsin. The law’s provisions seem to protect insurance companies as much as …