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Cities Sue Companies over Sealant Pollution in Minnesota Ponds

Seven Minnesota cities are suing a group of companies that refine coal-tar sealants to help pay for cleanup after the product’s harmful chemicals ended up in stormwater ponds across the state. The cities filed separate federal lawsuits last month to …

Criminalizing 1st-Time DUIs in Wisconsin Is a Tough Sell

With a new Democratic ally in the governor’s office, a handful of Republican lawmakers are pushing for Wisconsin to join the rest of the country and criminalize first-offense drunken driving. On paper it might look like a can’t-miss bipartisan initiative, …

Fox Takes Over as Michigan Insurance Department Director

Anita Fox officially began her tenure as director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) after being sworn in on Jan. 14. Director Fox was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 27, 2018. She brings more …

RLI Promotes Mesco, Campen, Irish in Claim Department

Illinois-based specialty insurance company, RLI Corp. has promoted three leaders within its Claim department. Nic Mesco, assistant vice president, Claims, has been promoted to vice president, Claims, with executive leadership responsibility for RLI’s Casualty product claims. Mesco joined RLI in …

Greenlight Re Invests Further in Chicago’s AccuRisk Solutions

Greenlight Capital Re, a specialist property and casualty reinsurance company headquartered in the Cayman Islands, announced it is again investing in the Chicago-based managing general underwriter (MGU) AccuRisk Solutions. Greenlight Re made an initial investment in AccuRisk in 2017. With …

AM Best: Credit Rating Outlook Negative for Atain Insurance Cos.

AM Best has revised the outlook to negative from stable for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a+” of Atain Specialty Insurance Co. and Atain …

Michigan’s AF Group Promotes 5 in Leadership Positions

Lansing, Michigan-based AF Group has promoted five in key leadership positions across the organization. Abel Travis has been promoted to vice president, Underwriting & Product Innovation. Prior to joining AF Group in April 2018, Travis was assistant vice president and …

Des Moines Buying 78 Flood-Damaged Homes

Des Moines, Iowa, has spent about $10.5 million to buy 78 homes damaged by June’s flash flooding, and officials hope the move will prevent future flooding issues. Most of the residences are situated along Fourmile Creek in northeast Des Moines, …

After 2018 Flooding, Mitigation a Priority for 2 Wisconsin Counties

Two neighboring counties in southern Wisconsin are taking steps to address last year’s widespread flooding that drenched streets, damaged homes and caused lakes to spill over. Dane County has budgeted more than $18 million this year to go toward flood …

Michigan Recalls Some Medical Marijuana Products

A Michigan agency has issued a recall notice for several medical marijuana products that officials say failed laboratory testing. The products were sold Dec. 27-30 at HG Lansing on East Oakland Avenue in the city of Lansing. The state Department …

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