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Idahoans to See Slight Reduction in Workers’ Comp Rates in 2015

The Idaho Department of Insurance this week announced Idaho’s overall workers’ compensation premium rates will be reduced by an average of 0.2 percent for 2015. “This slight rate decrease is an indicator of the stability of workers’ compensation coverage in …

Bauer Joins Integro’s Casualty Practice in Oregon

Insurance brokerage and risk management firm Integro has named Kate Bauer as vice president in its casualty practice. Bauer will be based in Portland, Ore. and she will work with Integro clients to develop and deliver customized risk strategies and …

Oregon Lawmakers Told By Oracle Lawsuit is a Waste Of Money

Oracle Corp. is appealing to Oregon legislative leaders in the legal fight over the failed Cover Oregon health insurance website. In a letter sent last week to Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, Oracle CEO Safra Catz …

Oregon City Threatens to Fine Uber

The city of Eugene, Ore. has ordered the Uber ridesharing company to cease operations or be fined. The Register-Guard reported Uber has refused to apply for a taxi license since its drivers began operating in Eugene last summer. The city …

Deputy in Washington Acquitted Of Insurance Fraud

A Spokane, Wash. sheriff’s deputy accused of filing false claims for snow damage has been acquitted of insurance fraud charges. A jury in Spokane returned the acquittal this week for Deputy Jeremey B. Jeske after a two-day trial. His lawyer, Rob …

California Drought Bad Tidings for Rice Harvest

California’s deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that’s bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers. The $5 billion industry exports rice to more than 100 countries and specializes in premium grains used in risotto, paella and …

Judge: Sailors Can Sue California Company Over Fukushima Exposure

U.S. Navy personnel who were exposed to radiation from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima plant during earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in 2011 can sue the power station’s operator in California, a court ruled. U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino in San …

California Malpractice Proposition Hit by Polls, Studies, Spending

Two recent studies say a proposition on California’s November ballot to raise the pain and suffering cap for medical malpractice lawsuits will increase medical costs and malpractice premiums. The studies and heavy advertising by the opposition to Proposition 46, the Medical Malpractice …

Washington Mudslide Victims’ Families File Lawsuit

Ten families of 14 Oso, Wash. mudslide victims are suing the state, county and a forest owner. The Seattle Times reported the lawsuit alleges the disaster was not natural, but the result of a series of actions and inactions. The …

Uber Drivers Pass by Oregon City’s Taxi Regulations

Salem, Ore. urban planning administrator Glen Gross says Uber continues to operate outside taxi regulations, despite a warning letter from the city and negotiations with the ridesharing company. Gross says it will be up to the city council to decide …

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