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Florida-Based Advanced E&S Group Opens Dallas Office

Advanced E&S Group, a Florida-based managing general agency, has hired April Moeser, branch manager, and Lisa Sherman, underwriting, to facilitate the opening of the firm’s new branch office operations in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas office will work closely with retail …

Concord Specialty Hires DeRose as Senior Underwriting Counsel in New York

Concord Specialty Risk, a New York City-based managing general underwriter and underwriting agent for a number of carriers and a series of RSG Underwriting Managers LLC, specializing in providing transactional risk insurance, hired Lidore DeRose as senior underwriting counsel, representations …

Washington Judge Sets Limits in Civil Case over Deadly Oso Mudslide

A King County Superior Court judge is considering which claims can be brought in a civil trial that will explore whether anyone should be held responsible for the deadly Oso, Wash. mudslide. The Daily Herald reported that Judge Roger Rogoff …

Wildfire Threatens Idaho Town, Evacuations Ordered

Residents in west-central Idaho near the town of Riggins were told to flee due to a wildfire that expanded to 40 square miles Thursday, an 11-square-mile jump. Fire managers say the fire made runs through the tops of trees and had …

Former California Probation Officer Nabbed For Fraud While on Probation – for Fraud

A former Los Angeles County probation officer, Robyn Palmer, 29, of Long Beach, Calif. was arrested Thursday on six felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly forging documents to illegally collect disability insurance benefits while serving probation for another insurance …

California Lawmakers Equal Pay Law Said to be Toughest in U.S.

California lawmakers approved legislation mandating equal pay for women in what the bill’s author called the toughest such law in the U.S. The Assembly voted 66-2 for the measure requiring employers to pay men and women the same for “substantially …

Deadly Erika May Weaken Before Reaching Florida on Monday

Deadly Tropical Storm Erika may weaken as it passes over the mountains of the Dominican Republic Friday before continuing on a path that may bring it to Florida on Monday. Erika was 90 miles (144 kilometers) east-southeast of Santa Domingo …

Franchise Parents, Staffing Firms Ruled Joint Employers Under Labor Law

More companies may be held responsible for labor-law violations committed by contractors and forced to negotiate wages and benefits with their workers under a decision by a politically split U.S. labor board. The National Labor Relations Board, in a closely …

Confessions of an Underage, Unlicensed Truck Driver

American Trucking Associations executive Howard Abramson recently made a case in the New York Times for higher safety standards for trucks. It’s not hard to understand why: Large trucks were involved in at least 327,000 traffic accidents in 2013, killing almost 4,000 …

How Genome Sequencing Is Transforming Food Safety

Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases. Previously, samples from sick patients were sent …

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