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Louisiana Using New Way to Collect Fines for Auto Insurance Lapses

Louisiana has implemented new ways of collecting fines from people the state believes are driving without insurance. The Advocate reports the recently formed Office of Debt Recovery has the authority to extract money from bank accounts, intercept tax refunds and … Continue reading

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Buildings, Tractors Burn in Louisiana Wildfires

Louisiana state forestry officials reported another wildfire in Natchitoches Parish, along Louisiana Highway 117 southwest of Natchitoches. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene after a building fire spread into a wooded area. Earlier this week about 871 acres, four buildings, … Continue reading

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Connecticut Announces Its 10th Captive Insurer

Article Comments The Connecticut Insurance Department announced that a Syosset, New York-based construction services firm, RC Structures, is establishing its captive insurance operations in Connecticut. The new captive, called RCX Insurance Company, is the 10th licensed captive insurer in Connecticut. … Continue reading

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Houston Jury Awards Family $53M for Kyle Field Demolition Fatality

Relatives of a demolition worker have been awarded $53 million over his 2013 death after falling four stories during renovation of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field. Jurors in Houston on decided on damages in the negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of … Continue reading

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Chicago Taxis Aim to Counter Ride-Hailing Industry with Apps

Article Comments Chicago’s taxicab industry has rolled out two official ride-hailing apps to compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft. The department that regulates Chicago’s taxi industry announced a marketing campaign to publicize the apps, Arro and Curb. The … Continue reading

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Jury Awards $600K to 3 Ohio Women in Chipotle Discrimination Suit

Article Comments Three Ohio women who filed a federal lawsuit accusing Chipotle Mexican Grill of gender discrimination have been awarded a total of about $600,000 in damages. A U.S. District Court jury in Cincinnati found the Denver-based chain liable after … Continue reading

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J.M. Wilson Adds Benda, Mandwee

Article Comments Property/casualty insurance wholesaler J.M. Wilson has hired Adam Benda as claims representative and personal lines underwriter. The company also Adam Mandwee as assistant fleet underwriter in its Portage, Mich. office. Prior to joining J.M. Wilson, Benda worked as an … Continue reading

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Willis Group Reports (Pre-Merger) Q4 Loss of $24M, vs. Q4 2014 Earnings of $76M

Willis Group reported a net loss of $24 million, or $(0.35) per diluted share during the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to earnings of $76 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. During the 12 months … Continue reading

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California Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Tribe Through Workers’ Comp Scam

Article Comments A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to defrauding an Indian tribe for millions of dollars as part of a workers’ compensation scam. The Sacramento Bee reported that 46-year-old Gregory Chmielewski last month pleaded guilty to two counts … Continue reading

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Cleanup Plan Finally Approved For Contaminated Montana Town

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted final approval this week to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning. The agency’s action comes more than 15 years after … Continue reading

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