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New insurance commissioner named by state department

The Nevada Department of Business & Industry on Wednesday named Brett Barratt commissioner of the Division of Insurance.

Barratt replaces Scott Kipper, who resigned from the position in June.

In a statement, the department said Barratt, an attorney, has extensive experience in insurance regulation. Beginning in February 2005, he served as the division’s insurance counsel and hearing officer. In October 2009, he became the division’s chief insurance assistant. Since June, he has been the acting insurance commissioner.

Barratt earned his juris doctor degree from the Michigan State University Detroit College of Law in 2003. He is a member of the Nevada State Bar Association’s Insurance and Health Law Section.

Allegiant Air traffic increases 6.4 percent in June, data show

Allegiant Air grew passenger traffic 6.4 percent in June, the Las Vegas-based airline said Wednesday.

Allegiant, which connects Las Vegas with smaller markets as well as airports in Florida and Southern California, flew 528,187 passengers during June, compared with 496,364 passengers in June 2009.

For the second quarter of 2010, Allegiant grew passenger counts by 6.7 percent.

Allegiant Air is a unit of Allegiant Travel Co. Allegiant Travel shares rose $2.42, or 5.69 percent, Wednesday to close at $44.98 on the Nasdaq National Market.

Ex-Alliance Gaming chief will lead American Gaming Systems

Former Alliance Gaming chief executive Bob Miodunski has ended a six-year hiatus from the gaming industry.

American Gaming Systems, a small slot machine manufacturer that provides games to American Indian casinos, named Miodunski as its chairman and interim president and chief executive officer.

The company, which has offices in several jurisdictions including Nevada, is owned by San Francisco-based Alpine Investors.

Alpine Investors has stated intentions to grow American Gaming Systems’ presence in the gaming equipment market.

Miodunski retired as CEO of Alliance Gaming, now Bally Technologies, in September 2004 after a five-year run.

Insurer sues Basic Food Flavors, seeks relief from paying claims

The insurer of Basic Food Flavors, the local company involved in the salmonella outbreak in the spring, is suing the food- ingredient manufacturer and disputing its obligation to pay the food poisoning claims of Basic’s customers.

Employers Fire Insurance Co. filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday, asking the court to grant declaratory relief. Employers wants to either have its liability excluded, or limited, in cases involving the salmonella outbreak.

Basic Foods manufactures hydrolyzed vegetable protein, an ingredient typically used as a flavor enhancer.

The Food and Drug Administration conducted an investigation of Basic’s North Las Vegas plant in February and detected salmonella, the complaint alleges. Basic Foods voluntarily notified customers of its recall of salmonella-tainted HPV in late February.

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