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July 30, 2021Oklahoma Court: Progressive’s Uninsured Motorist Exclusion Not Lawful
Oklahoma’s highest court recently found that an insurer’s uninsured motorist exclusion violates state law. The Oklahoma Supreme Court came to that conclusion in answering a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit about …


July 30, 2021Texas Doctor Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud, Drug Crimes
A North Texas doctor will pay $376,368 in restitution after pleading guilty to mail fraud conspiracy in federal court, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation reported. Clinton Battle M.D. of Arlington pleaded guilty on J …


July 30, 2021Family of Boy Thrown From Balcony Sues Minnesota’s Mall of America
The family of a boy who was thrown off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in April 2019 has filed a lawsuit accusing the mall of failing to provide proper security. The complaint filed says the mall and …


July 30, 2021New Mexico Public Defender’s Office Settles Harassment Claims for $345K
Two lawsuits accusing an investigator in the state public defender’s office of sexual harassment have been settled. The Law Offices of the Public Defender agreed to pay $345,000 to resolve the lawsuits filed in 2019, the Albuquerque Journal reported. …


July 30, 2021Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires R.J. Riordan & Co. in Illinois
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acquired Oakbrook, Illinois-based R.J. Riordan & Co. R.J. Riordan & Co. is a retail property/casualty broker offering a full range of insurance products and services to clients across the Chicago region. It speci …


July 30, 2021Alaska Quake Triggers Prolonged Shaking, Small Tsunami
A powerful earthquake which struck just off Alaska’s southern coast caused prolonged shaking and prompted tsunami warnings that sent people scrambling for shelters. Residents reported only minor damage, but officials said that could change after sunr …


July 30, 2021Severe Weather Causes Widespread Damage in Wisconsin
Strong thunderstorms caused widespread damage across Wisconsin, left tens of thousands without power and triggered tornado warnings. The severe weather stretched from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan and began in the evening on July 28 in north …


July 30, 2021Monsanto Told to Pay Washington Teachers $185M Over PCB Exposure
Three schoolteachers in Washington state who sued chemical company Monsanto over exposure to materials in fluorescent lights have been awarded $185 million. The law firm that represented the teachers, Friedman Rubin, said a jury returned the verdict …


July 30, 2021Reinsurers Show Strong Profits During 2nd Half, Rebounding from 2020’s Challenges
The first half financial results, reported by a group of six reinsurers over the past week, generally show a strong return to profits after last year’s challenging market conditions. A wrap-up of these H1 results follows for Swiss Re, Everest …


July 30, 2021Delaware Farm Receives Violation for Damaged Pipeline, Wastewater Spill
Delaware environmental officials have issued a notice of violation to Mountaire Farms in Millsboro after a contractor damaged a pipeline and treated wastewater spilled into Swan Creek. The notice from the Department of Natural Resources and Environme …

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