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California Windshield Repairer Ordered to Pay Insurer $1.4M

The owner of a Sonoma County windshield repair business accused in a fraudulent billing scheme has been ordered to pay Allstate Insurance and the state of California more than $1.4 million. Court records allege Alkayisi engaged in an elaborate scheme to create multiple bogus auto-glass replacement businesses. He …

E&O Insights: ‘Just Duplicate What I Have’

From a producer’s perspective, the words in the headline are dangerous when spoken by a customer or prospect. Simply duplicating what the insured currently has, whether the account is commercial or personal, can and has caused more than its fair …

Oregon Family of DUI Victim Settles with Driver, Restaurants

A settlement agreement in a Lane County, Ore., drunk driving lawsuit appears to award slightly more than $180,000 to the victim’s heirs. The mother and two children of a Cottage Grove woman killed by a drunken driver in 2012 have …

Aspen Skiing Co. Initiates Fitness Tests to Reduce Workplace Injuries

Some Aspen Skiing Co. workers are hitting the weights and sharpening agility skills this summer to get ready for new annual fitness tests ahead of ski season. About 1,500 ski instructors, lift operators and ski patrollers will be required to …

Flood Insurance Premium Refunds in Process

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being praised for moving quickly and ahead of schedule to get $100 million in flood insurance premium refunds into the hands of the one million policyholders who “overpaid” under the Biggert-Waters Act that …

Florida’s Citizens Travel Costs Under Scrutiny

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on the top official of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance to explain why the insurer has deviated from its limitations on overseas travel. A review of the officials’ expenses revealed that recently-named Board of …

Interview with South Carolina Commissioner Farmer

State’s Insurance Markets Moving in Right Direction, Says Former AIA Rep South Carolina Insurance Commissioner Ray Farmer has been the state’s insurance regulator since Governor Nikki Haley appointed him in 2012. Farmer has 30 years of experience in the industry …

West Virginia Chemical Spill Claims Mount

Charleston, West Virginia-based Freedom Industries can expect about 5,000 groups to ask for money in bankruptcy claims over the January chemical spill that seeped into West Virginia’s biggest water supply. The case’s claims agent, James Lane, said the total sought …

Boating, Rafting Operators at Tahoe Put Out by Drought

After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe. Larry Boerner, owner of the paddlewheeler Tahoe Gal, said he can offer sightseeing cruises …

E&O Insights: ‘Just Duplicate What I Have’

From a producer’s perspective, the words in the headline are dangerous when spoken by a customer or prospect. Simply duplicating what the insured currently has, whether the account is commercial or personal, can and has caused more than its fair …

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