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Prinzing Joins Leavitt Group in Montana

Nick Prinzing has joined Leavitt Great West Insurance Services in the Great Falls, Mont. location and will focus on employee benefits. Prior to joining the agency, Prinzing worked as an advisor customizing comprehensive voluntary disability insurance within benefits programs for …

Mercury Agrees to Acquire Workmen’s Auto Insurance in California

Mercury General Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase of Workmen’s Auto Insurance Co. Both insurers are based in Los Angeles, Calif. The purchase price is $8 million and the transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of …

Workers’ Comp Study Looks at California’s Reforms

When California Senate Bill 863 took effect Jan. 1, 2013, it created several fee schedule changes in the California workers’ compensation system. The Workers Compensation Research Institute has released a study looking at the possible effect of these changes on …

Suhr Names Dershimer Vice President of Employee Benefits in California

Suhr Risk Services has named Jed Dershimer vice president of employee benefits in San Jose, Calif. Dershimer previously worked at Hays Companies, ADP and Verizon, in addition to a lengthy prior stint with Suhr. He specializes in architecting and implementing …

Oregon Worker Severs Fingers At Potato Plant: Safety Division

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating after a female employee severed four fingers on her right hand in a workplace accident at a potato plant in Boardman. The East Oregonian reported that agency spokeswoman Melanie Mesaros says the …

Landslide Cleanup Deal Reached in Oregon, Insurers to Pay

A legal path has been cleared for hundreds of tons of debris to be removed from a waterway south of Coos Bay, Ore. that’s home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon. In April 2012, a massive construction landslide sent mud, …

5.0M Earthquake Felt In Alaska’s Interior

Seismologists say a moderate earthquake struck Alaska and was felt in communities of the state’s interior. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 4:36 p.m. Monday. State seismologist Michael West says the quake was centered about …

Company Fined $1M in Double Fatality at Colorado Silver Mine

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration imposed a roughly $1 million fine following an investigation into the deaths of two miners at Revenue Mine in Colorado on Nov. 17, 2013. The underground silver ore mine, located …

California Jury Finds Toyota Seatbelt Caused Woman’s Paraplegia

A California Superior Court jury has found Toyota Motor Corp. liable for causing devastating injuries to a young woman in a crash that occurred in Monterey over four and a half years ago in a verdict rendered late Friday. After …

Southern California Agent That Sold Bogus Policies Sentenced

Dean Joseph Basler, 58, of Ventura, Calif. pleaded guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement associated with more than $250,000 in premiums that Basler received for homeowners insurance policies. According to the California Department of Insurance, Basler actions placed responsible …

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