Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Missouri Sawmill Cited for Safety Violations; Faces Nearly $200K in Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $199,183 to Missouri-based American Walnut Company LLC for two repeated and 14 serious safety violations. OSHA initiated an inspection of the St. Joseph sawmill after …

Former Illinois Insurance Broker Sentenced to Prison, Must Repay Nearly $1M

The former owner of multiple property/casualty insurance operations in northern Illinois has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution for insurance fraud. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala on …

American Family Appeals Agent/Employee Classification Ruling

A federal appeals court in Ohio on July 31 heard arguments by opposing attorneys in a class action dispute over whether agents working for an insurance carrier on an exclusive basis should be classified as independent contractors or as company …

Former Illinois Insurance Broker Sentenced to Prison, Must Repay Nearly $1M

The former owner of multiple property/casualty insurance operations in northern Illinois has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution for insurance fraud. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala on …

Moonrise, American Family Aim to Boost Customer Engagement, Financial Security

At first glance, an insurance company’s investment in a staffing company might seem, well, a little off-base. But according to principals at American Family Insurance and its staffing agency subsidiary, Moonrise, it’s a symbiotic relationship that makes perfect sense because …

Auto Insurer Loses Appeal for Dismissal of Complaints in Louisiana Claims Dispute

In late June, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled against an insurer and its insureds seeking summary judgement dismissing complaints against them in a case involving auto insurance claims. At issue was whether or not the defendants were parties to an …

AF Group Drives into Commercial Auto with Fundamental

Lansing, Michigan-based AF Group is branching out from its traditional base in workers’ compensation into the specialty commercial auto insurance niche, driven by a new operating company, Fundamental Underwriters. With a focus on commercial trucking, Fundamental had a soft launch …

U.S. Appeals Court Takes Up American Family Agent/Employee Classification Case

A federal appeals court in Ohio on July 31 heard arguments by opposing attorneys in a class action involving whether agents working for an insurance carrier on an exclusive basis should be classified as independent contractors or as company employees. …

Auto Insurer Loses Appeal for Dismissal of Complaints in Louisiana Claims Dispute

In late June, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled against an insurer and its insureds seeking summary judgement dismissing complaints against them in a case involving auto insurance claims. At issue was whether or not the defendants were parties to an …

AF Group Drives into Commercial Auto with Fundamental Underwriters

Lansing, Michigan-based AF Group is branching out from its traditional base in workers’ compensation into the specialty commercial auto insurance niche, driven by a new operating company — Fundamental Underwriters. With a focus on commercial trucking, Fundamental had a soft …