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First Major California Insurer to Offer Ridesharing Endorsement

Farmers will become the first large California insurer to start offering a ridesharing insurance product on Thursday. In an announcement made at the Los Angeles office of California Department of Insurance today, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Farmers Group …

California Sandwich Maker Recalls 213,000 Pounds of Meat

Fast-food restaurant Lee’s Sandwiches has recalled 213,000 pounds of meat because it bore unauthorized United States Department of Agriculture marks of inspection, despite having not been inspected properly. The Orange County Register reported that chicken, beef and pork products were …

Former New Mexico Teacher Files Suit Over Her 2012 Firing

A former Rio Rancho, N.M. teacher says in a lawsuit that she was fired as a result of her involvement with a union and her outspoken criticism of school district officials. The Albuquerque Journal reported that school officials countered that …

Wyoming Couple Sues Vapor Cigarette Dealer Over Injuries

A Casper, Wyo. couple is suing a local vapor cigarette company, saying the battery in one of the devices exploded and caused injuries. The lawsuit filed by Joshua and Allison Seel says Joshua suffered burns to his leg and genitals …

Oregon Hash Oil Maker Burned in Blast Sues Butane Businesses

A Portland, Ore. man burned when a hash oil operation exploded has filed an $11 million product liability suit against makers and distributors of the butane canisters he was using. The suit says 28-year-old Kevin Tveisme (TWEYES’-may) was burned over …

California Man Accused of Insurance Inspection Invoice Scam Nabbed

A California man was arrested in Arizona on charges that he scammed hundreds of people in three states in a fire insurance inspection scheme. Robert Musich, 46, was being held on bond following his arrest in Lake Havasu City. Musich, …

Nevada Assembly Oks Bill To Regulate Ridesharing

A hard-fought bill to regulate ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft got the green light from Nevada lawmakers in the wee hours of Saturday morning, after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, several public failures for Uber and a marathon workday …

EPIC Adds Pino as Producer in Nevada, Opens New Office

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center has added Courtney Pino as a commercial insurance broker/producer and has moved into its new Reno, Nev. offices. Pino will be responsible for new business development and the design and management of insurance and risk management …

Arizona Wildfire Season Delayed by Cool, Wet Weather

An unusually cool and wet May is delaying the start of the wildfire season around northern Arizona. Weather conditions at this time last year were hot and windy, frustrating firefighters battling what became a 33-square-mile blaze in Oak Creek Canyon, …

Dry Conditions Have Alaska Wildfire Responders Keeping Eye Out

Interior Alaska and other parts of the state are experiencing conditions ripe for forest fires and natural resources officials are urging caution in outdoor activities heading into Memorial Day Weekend. Information officer Tim Mowry of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center …

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