Posts From the monthly archives: "April 2017"

By Stephanie K. Jones A federal jury in Ohio decided last week determined that thousands of agents with Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Mutual Insurance (AmFam) are employees, not independent contractors. According to a news release from plaintiff attorneys involved in the case, a jury … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal  &nbsp…(Read More)

By Don Jergler Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Melissa Schellinkhout has vice president and Northwest practice director. Schellinkhout will be responsible for oversight of property/casualty operations in the Pacific Northwest, including the firm’s Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. offices. She will also manage … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal &nbsp…(Read More)

By Stephanie K. Jones A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a complex it operates east of Houston. U.S. District … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal  &nbsp…(Read More)

By Stephanie K. Jones Dodge City Community College (DCCC) received the most votes by percentage of students enrolled to win the Kansas community college “Don’t Text #Just Drive” spring contest March 15-April 16, sponsored in part by the state insurance department. The Kansas Insurance … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal &nbsp…(Read More)

By Stephanie K. Jones A former Iowa fire academy administrator has pleaded guilty to falsifying test scores that were used to improperly certify thousands of firefighters. Former Fire Services Training Bureau certification manager John McPhee pleaded guilty to felony misconduct in office. Judge James … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal   &nbsp…(Read More)

By L.S. Howard ERGO, Munich Re’s troubled primary insurance company, is making a digital push in the massive Chinese market. Mark Klein, ERGO’s chief digital officer, recently visited China to explore how the insurer can partner on data with Chinese companies, such as the … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal&nbsp…(Read More)

By Don Jergler A judge has dismissed a $4 million lawsuit filed by a relative of four people who drowned in a northwest Oregon lake in 2014. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Judge Andrew Erwin dismissed the suit after Washington County argued it was entitled … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal   &nbsp…(Read More)

By Don Jergler A small city in northern Nevada is moving forward with the demolition of its old police station. The Elko Daily Free Press reported the Elko City Council is considering awarding a $53,000 bid to a company to remove asbestos from … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal   &nbsp…(Read More)

By Don Jergler More than 3,000 petroleum wells are being shut down in Colorado as a precaution after a house explosion killed two people, an oil and gas company said. Anadarko Energy said it operated a well about 200 feet (60 meters) from … Read More Read more here:: Insurance Journal   &nbsp…(Read More)