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Federal Court Finds Iowa Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional

A federal judge has struck down the third attempt by the Iowa Legislature to stop animal welfare groups from secretly filming livestock abuse, finding once again that the law passed last year violates free speech rights in the U.S. Constitution. …

Illinois Candymaker Faces $201,000 in Proposed Fines for Unsafe Workplace Exposure

A federal workplace safety inspection found a Chicago, Illinois-area candy manufacturer’s long history of violations for machine safety requirements continues after the company exposed workers to amputation hazards and failed to utilize lockout procedures for the third time in five …

Michigan Farmer to Pay $1.2 Million Settlement Over Crop Insurance Fraud

Gaylord D. Lincoln and G. Lincoln Farms, LLC, located in Springport, Michigan, have agreed to pay $1,200,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by causing the submission of fraudulent claims for federal crop insurance and federal …

Focus Acquires Ohio-Based Alpha Insurance Group

Focus Financial Partners, a partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Alpha Property & Casualty, Inc., a licensed insurance agency in Westlake, Ohio, will join Focus partner firm Ancora …

Ohio House Fire Injures 5 Firefighters

Five firefighters were injured while battling a house fire in Ohio over the weekend, authorities said. Officials said the blaze was reported in a home in Springfield at about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Assistant Chief Matt Smith said crews were on …

EEOC: Indiana-Based Pharmaceutical Corporation Sued for Age Discrimination

Lilly USA, LLC, a pharmaceutical corporation based in Indianapolis, Indiana, violated federal law by intentionally failing to hire older workers based on their age for pharmaceutical sales representative positions from April 2017 to 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission …

Advocates Seek More Say in How Ohio Opioid Settlements Are Spent

The tattoos on Billie Stafford’s hands — inspired by street art and full of references to her work helping prevent drug-related deaths — have become an indelible memorial to the friend who inked them and the opioid crisis that killed …

Michigan Dept. of Insurance to Hold Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Event

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is partnering with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the Lansing Police Department (LPD), and Shaheen Chevrolet to offer motorists a free catalytic converter etching event to help combat theft. Catalytic …

Ohio Petrochemicals Company to Pay $1.1 Million for Clean Air Act Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a settlement with Altivia Petrochemicals LLC for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its petrochemical manufacturing facility in Haverhill, Ohio. The company will pay a $1,112,500 civil penalty, improve leak detection …

Chicago to Pay $15 Million Over Woman’s Death in Police Chase Crash

The Chicago City Council approved a settlement on Wednesday that will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was killed when a police cruiser ran a red light and slammed into her SUV after officers allegedly ignored …

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