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Michigan Court Rules in Favor of Insurer, $130K Judgment in Marijuana House Fire

An insurance company can recover more than $130,000 from a Michigan woman whose home burned down when her then-husband smoked marijuana oil in the basement, an appeals court said Tuesday. Brien Matthews had a medical marijuana card and could grow …

Oil Patch Highway Most Dangerous Road in North Dakota

The main north-south artery in North Dakota’s oil patch is the most dangerous stretch of road in the state, newly released statistics show. U.S. Highway 85 had the most fatal accidents, injury accidents and property damage accidents, according to a …

Ohio City Won’t Pay for Sinkhole-Damaged Truck

A truck owner says the city of Dayton, Ohio, should compensate him for sinkhole damage that left his truck inoperable. The Dayton Daily News reports that 52-year-old Mike McDonald is infuriated that the city rejected his $10,000 claim. He says …

Iowa Man Pleads Guilty in Home Insurance Fraud Case

An Eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud and using fire to commit a felony. Federal prosecutors say James Marvin Plower of Olin faces at least 10 years in prison and up to 30 years. …

Illinois Legislation Proposes Metal Theft Task Force

A bill filed in the Illinois House would form a new task force to address thefts of recyclable metals, including copper. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the panel would review efforts to combat theft and come up with new ideas. Findings …

Ohio Insurance Department Reveals Top Fraud, Enforcement Cases

Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced Ohio’s top fraud and enforcement cases for 2014 investigated by the Ohio Department of Insurance. During the calendar year, the department processed 7,173 allegations of agent misconduct and insurance fraud, initiated 1,709 …

Ohio Insurance Department Returns $24.5M to Consumers in 2014

Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced the Ohio Department of Insurance through its consumer complaint process has helped Ohio consumers save or recover $24.5 million in 2014. Over the past four years the department has saved or recovered …

Distracted Driver Fines Considered for Ohio Driver’s Ed Funding

The state of Ohio is proposing more fines for distracted driving, with the money going to help subsidize driver’s education courses for those who can’t afford them. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Drive Toward a Safer Ohio initiative is …

University Study Finds Midwest Flooding Occurring More Frequently

The U.S. Midwest and surrounding states have endured increasingly more frequent flood episodes over the past half-century, according to a study from the University of Iowa. The UI researchers based their findings on daily records collected by the U.S. Geological …

Michigan’s High Court Could Hear Appeal in Cat Claims Records Case

The Michigan Supreme Court wants to hear more about a dispute over public access to the records of an insurance fund that pays for tragic injuries in car crashes. The state appeals court says records of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims …

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