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Texans Helping Texans: Independent MGAs Join Forces for Targeted Harvey Relief
A group of independently owned Texas managing general agents (MGAs) have come together to provide targeted, direct, local relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Texas MGAs for Disaster Relief is working with local officials and emergency coordinators to identify …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 4:30 PM
A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Rating for Columbia Lloyds Companies
A.M. Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “bbb+” from “bbb” and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) of Columbia Lloyds Insurance Co. and MDOW Insurance Co., which are collectively referred to as …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 4:22 PM
Michigan’s Auto-Owners Insurance Named PIA National’s Company of the Year
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has named Lansing, Mich.-based Auto-Owners Insurance Co. as recipient of its 2017 Company Award of Excellence. “Auto-Owners is highly deserving of this, our association’s highest company honor,” said PIA National President Gary …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 4:20 PM
Minnesota City Settles Police Bias Case for $1M
The city of Rochester, Minnesota, will pay a police officer $1 million to settle a discrimination and retaliation claim. Lt. Elisa Umpierre filed the claim saying she was suspended for comments she made on Facebook in support of protesters at …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 4:07 PM
Air Monitoring Company Joins Texas Chemical Plant Fire Negligence Lawsuit
Air monitoring company Bureau Veritas SA has been added to a negligence suit alleging first responders inhaled dangerous fumes during a fire at a chemical plant, lawyers for Texas police and emergency workers said. The suit, filed in Harris County …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 3:55 PM
Company to Settle Missouri Butter Flavoring Case for $5M
A company has agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims that its butter flavoring chemicals harmed the lungs of a worker who handled the product at a Missouri plant. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Carmi Flavor and Fragrance …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 3:51 PM
SEC Discloses It Was Hacked, Now Fears Hackers Used Data for Illicit Trading
Wall Street’s top regulator faced questions on Thursday about its defenses against cyber criminals after admitting hackers breached its electronic database of corporate announcements and may have used it for insider trading. The incursion at the Securities and Exchange Commission …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 3:34 PM
Oregon’s Cellphone And Distracted Driving Law Brings Bigger Fines, Jail
Oregon drivers soon can be pulled over for not only texting and talking on their cellphones, but also for navigating, using social media and any other “hands-on” cellphone and electronics use. The changes, which begin Oct. 1, call for repeat …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 2:37 PM
Fire That Threatened 100 Homes in Nevada Began at Construction Site
Fire investigators say a blaze on the west edge of Reno, Nev. that threatened as many as 100 homes and destroyed two construction trailers started at a home construction site. Truckee Meadows Fire Chief Charlie Moore says the specific cause …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 2:35 PM
Complaint from Whistleblower Targets California Utility Regulator
The former chief administrative law judge at California’s powerful utility regulator said this week she was fired for cooperating with investigators looking into collusion between regulators and executives from Pacific Gas & Electric. Karen Valentia Clopton announced that she’s filing …

POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 2:33 PM

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