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Iowa Supreme Court Hears $75 Speed Camera Ticket Case

An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn’t speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it’s …

Iowa Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction Revives Debate

Iowa’s governor and the organization that sets workers’ compensation rates are disputing whether a new law influenced a recent rate reduction in premiums for employers. The National Council on Compensation Insurance announced an 8.7 average premium reduction for Iowa employers …

Ohio High Court Rules Dram Shop Act Protects Strip Club in Crash Case

A Dayton, Ohio, strip club can’t be held liable for injuries resulting from a drunk dancer’s 2010 crash, according to a Supreme Court ruling last week. Nichole Johnson was injured while a passenger in a car that was hit by …

Pro-No Fault Group Says Auto Insurers Illegally Charge Women More in Michigan

A group defending Michigan’s auto insurance system says it has uncovered instances of insurers illegally selling more expensive policies to women and widowed drivers, raising questions about state oversight of rating practices as the industry pushes lawmakers to contain high …

Hazardous Waste Illegally Stored in Missouri

Thirteen million pounds of hazardous waste has been illegally stored in a building in an eastern Missouri flood plain for nearly four years, according to federal and state documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . The newspaper reports that …

Cause of Fire That Destroyed 150 Collector Cars in Illinois Remains Undetermined

A large fire last month destroyed at least 150 cars and damaged several more, according to multiple news outlets. The fire occurred at Country Classic Cars in rural Staunton, Ill., located on historic Route 66. According to its website, the …

Lawsuit Between Insurer, Owners Over Ohio Mansion Fire Set for Trial

A dispute over a multi-million dollar insurance claim for an Ohio mansion that burned to the ground more than three years ago is set for trial next month in federal court in Cincinnati. Jeffrey and Maria Decker sued Chubb National …

Peoria Firefighters Train for High-Rise Challenges

The shout was for more hose as Capt. Mike Wittenmeier pushed down the smoke-filled hallway. It was hot and humid, with only a few feet of visibility. Smoke filled the hallway, and Wittenmeier wasn’t pleased with the slow progress. “Come …

Domino’s, Ford Team Up for Autonomous Pizza Delivery

No ring of the doorbell, just a text. No tip for the driver? No problem in this test, where Domino’s and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars. …

No Duty to Defend, Indemnify in Ohio Molestation Claim Unless ‘Scope of the Allegations’ Test Met

Jodee Edwards had a home and auto insurance policy issued by insurer Encompass that excluded coverage for loss “arising out of sexual molestation, corporal punishment, or physical or mental abuse.” Edwards was sued in January, 2016 for negligent supervision of …

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