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Connecticut High Court Overturns $35M Auto-Repair Award

The Connecticut Supreme Court on July 13 unanimously overturned nearly $35 million in damages against the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. The Supreme Court said the lower court had incorrectly concluded that the Hartford Fire violated the state’s unfair trade practices …

California Law Agencies Get $34.9M to Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has awarded $34.9 million in grants to 37 district attorney offices representing 42 counties in California to combat workers’ compensation insurance fraud. The grants are funded through employer assessments, and they support law enforcement efforts in …

New Hampshire to Wind Down Med Mal JUA

The New Hampshire Insurance Department announced on July 24 that following a court order, Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny has been officially named as receiver of the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (JUA). The order from the Merrimack …

Washington City Sues Monsanto Over River Contamination

The city of Spokane is suing the international agrochemical giant Monsanto, which it blames for pollution in the Spokane River in Washington. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges that the company sold chemicals …

Massachusetts Senate to Probe Home Insurance Rate Hikes

The Massachusetts Senate’s oversight body is launching an inquiry into homeowners insurance rate increases approved by the Division of Insurance (DOI) this year after a brutal winter led to increased claims activity. State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), chair of the …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Premiums Growing at Double-Digit Rates

Workers’ compensation premiums in California continue to grow at double-digit rates, according to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB in July released its “State of the California Worker’s Compensation Report, which would perhaps be best described as a …

Officials: Effort to End Oklahoma’s Earthquakes Will Take Time

It could take up to another year of research to determine what has caused a recent series of Oklahoma earthquakes and whether the state is doing enough to stop them, officials said. After meeting with members of the Coordinating Council on Seismic …

Court Decision May Impact Workers’ Comp Side Agreements in California

A recent court decision may have the potential to change the practice of side agreements in workers’ compensation policies California, a practice that some say often goes on under the regulatory radar. Zurich American Insurance Co. and American Zurich Insurance …

Amount of Louisiana Citizens Insurance Rebate Being Cut

As part of a package of tax credit reductions passed by the Legislature, Louisiana’s property insurance policyholders will lose 28 percent of a tax credit they can get for covering the debt of the state’s property insurer of last resort. …

Former Worker Sues Safeway in Oregon Over Leering Customer

A former employee of a Safeway in Oregon has filed a lawsuit against the grocery store chain saying she was forced to quit because a customer repeatedly stared at her breasts and made vulgar comments. The Oregonian reported that 44-year-old …

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