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RIC Taps Kaneko and Clansen in California

RIC Insurance General Agency Inc. has named Garett Kaneko senior vice president of sales and marketing and Tom Clansen vice president of commercial lines. Both will be based in California. Garett will work out of RIC’s headquarters in Santa Rosa …

EPIC Names Tan Surety Manager in Northern California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has named Nick Tan surety manager. Tan will be based in EPIC’s San Ramon, Calif. construction services practice and report to Brian Quinn, regional director of property/casualty. Tan will be responsible for providing surety consulting …

Heffernan Names Northington Assistant Vice President in Southern California

Heffernan Insurance Brokers has named Paula Northington assistant vice president of employee benefits in its Orange County, Calif. office. Northington began her career in the financial services industry with Private Ledger Financial Services. She moved into a leadership role at …

RIC Names Dahl Personal Lines Manager in Nevada

RIC Insurance General Agency Inc. has named Gary Dahl its personal lines manager. Dahl will be based at RIC’s Reno, Nev. office and will report to Jeff Gans, chief operating officer. Dahl has more than 30 years of personal lines …

California School District Aide Busted for Felony Workers’ Comp Fraud

An employee of a Southern California school district has been arrested on charges of workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly racking up $33,000 in treatments and disability payments. Juanita Denise Schmittle, 50, of Baldwin Park, Calif., was arrested by California Department …

Ironshore Names Houvenagle Wholesale Branch Executive for West Coast

Ironshore Inc. has named Tara Houvenagle wholesale West branch executive for the Western region. Houvenagle, who is based in Ironshore’s St. Louis, Mo. office, will report to Joseph L. Boren, president of U.S. field operations. In her additional role as …

More than 200 Homes Damaged in Wyoming Flooding

Officials say four homes were destroyed and 200 more were damaged by flooding in Wyoming. The Ranger reported that the American Red Cross says flood waters in the Wind River Basin destroyed the Fremont County homes in early May. The …

Oregon Church Sued for $5M for Alleged Unreported Abuse

A woman is suing a northwestern Oregon church over claims that its leaders kept quiet about reports from her daughter that she was being sexually abused by her father. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the $5 million suit filed this week says …

Johnson & Johnson Gets Sued by California over Marketing for Pelvic Mesh

California has accused Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn doctors and patients about the severity and frequency of complications associated with its pelvic mesh devices. According to the lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general on Tuesday, J&J and …

EPIC Adds Perata to Golf Insurance Services Team in California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has named Jake Perata an insurance broker/producer for the firm’s Sacramento, Calif.-based golf insurance services practice. Perata is responsible for new business development and the design and management of insurance and risk management programs for golf industry …

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