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EPIC’s McNeil Named to California Water JPA Risk Management Board

David McNeil, a principal in the EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants’ Inland Empire division, has been appointed to the advisory board of the California Association of Mutual Water Companies Joint Powers Risk and Insurance Management Authoriy. The authority is a …

CDI: Trucking Company Owners Cheated Workers’ Comp Carrier out of Millions

A pair of California trucking company owners were arrested for cheating their worker’s compensation insurer out of millions of dollars. Alvin Shin Chen, 54, and Fiona Xilin Chen, 46, both of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., were arrested this week at …

Honolulu Rail Project at Risk of Flood Damage

A group of residents is prepared to take Honolulu, Hawaii officials to court over the city’s multibillion-dollar rail project because of concerns that the rail could be vulnerable to flood damage. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the “Do Rail Right” group …

EPA Nails Tesoro’s Washington Oil Refinery for Safety Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash. nearly $720,000 for alleged safety violations. The EPA said last week it filed a complaint seeking penalties for violations found during two facility inspections in 2011. …

Board to Ponder Rules for Marijuana Consumption at Alaska Stores

Marijuana regulators in Alaska plan to consider rules this week for consuming marijuana products at authorized retail pot stores, a first among states that have legalized the recreational use of pot. Late last year, the Marijuana Control Board voted to …

Oregon Women Sue Kaiser Over Ex-Nurse Facing Sex Abuse Charges

Two Oregon women who claim they were sexually abused by a nurse at a Beaverton clinic have filed a $1 million lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente over claims of negligence. The Oregonian reported the suit filed this week claims Kaiser failed to …

Average to Below-Average Wildfire Season Expected for Colorado

Firefighters said Tuesday they expect another average or below-average wildfire season in Colorado in 2016, the third mild year in a row. “That’s always good news,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said after announcing the outlook. But even an average year can …

Champion Risk Acquires Adams Clay Insurance in California

San Diego, Calif.-based Champion Risk & Insurance Services has acquired Clay Insurance Brokerage Co. in Rancho Santa Margarita. Terms of the deal weren’t released. The acquisition is effective May 1. Robert Swanson, owner of Adams Clay, will join Champion Risk. …

Retrofitting in Utah, Nevada Spurred by Earthquake Report

A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City, Utah in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of …

EPIC Adds McKinney and Neer in Northern California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has added Victoria McKinney as a team leader and employee benefits consultant and Robin Neer as an account executive. Both will be based in EPIC’s Gold River office in the Sacramento area under the leadership …

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