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California Agent Arrested for Allegedly Leaving Client Uninsured in 2018 Mudslides
November 12, 2019
California Department of Insurance detectives this week arrested insurance agent Mark Lynch, 40, on 13 felony counts of grand theft, embezzlement, and money laundering after allegedly collecting over $72,425 in insurance premium payments from five cl …

WCF Names Closser Regional Vice President in Northern California
November 12, 2019
WCF Insurance has promoted Chris Closser to California regional vice president. Closser is located in WCF’s Roseville, Calif., office. She will report to Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of the sales and distribution department, and will manage …

Drop in California Workers’ Comp Opioid Use Reducing Claims $6.5B, Report Shows
November 12, 2019
The prevalence of opioids in California workers’ compensation lost-time claims has dropped 51% over the past decade, reducing both average benefit payments and average days away from work on those claims, according to a new study released by the Cali …

N.D. Insurance Commissioner Sets Guinness World Record as Tallest Male Politician
November 12, 2019
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread has been named World’s Tallest Politician (male) by Guinness World Records. Godfread’s official height is 6 feet, 10 inches (210.767 centimeters) tall as verified in Bismarck on Oct. 4, 2019, the North …

Rate Increases Approved for Texas Auto Insurer for Residual Market
November 12, 2019
Proposed rate increases for both private passenger and commercial auto insurance rates have been approved for the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association (TAIPA). The Texas Department of Insurance granted TAIPA’s filing for a 4.9% increase privat …

Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Families’ Liability Lawsuit Against Gunmaker
November 12, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the gun industry, refusing to block a lawsuit against Remington Arms Co. by family members of nine people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The lawsuit blames the gunmaker’s …

OJ Simpson Sues Las Vegas Casino Saying He Was Defamed
November 12, 2019
O.J. Simpson is suing a Las Vegas hotel-casino that banned him in November 2017, alleging that unnamed employees defamed him by telling a celebrity news site he had been drunk, disruptive and unruly. Simpson, on parole in Nevada for a …

Despite Wildfires, California Wine is Doing Just Fine – For Now
November 12, 2019
If you’re worried that wildfires might have created shortages of Northern California’s 2019 cabernet sauvignon, or even just imparted it with an undesirable smoky flavor, you can relax. The wine is just fine. For now. Despite a late October blaze … …

PG&E California Wildfire Victims Sue to Get Paid Before Fire Insurers
November 12, 2019
PG&E Corp. wildfire victims have filed a new lawsuit arguing they must be fully repaid for the losses of their homes and businesses before fire insurers are as part of the utility’s bankruptcy. The case takes aim at an $11 …

Insurtech Pie Launches TV Campaign in California for Workers’ Comp
November 12, 2019
Workers’ compensation insurtech Pie Insurance has launched its first national television advertisement campaign with an initial focus in California. The two 30-second spots depict Pie coming to the rescue, interrupting the routine of small business o …

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