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Super Bowl Spells 77% Rise in Alcohol-Related Vehicle Crashes in California

Super Bowl Sunday is among the most dangerous days to venture onto California roads as gatherings for the game at parties or restaurants prompt drivers to consume alcohol. More drinking-related crashes happen in California on the day of the National …

CNA Names Middleton Business Development Leader For Los Angeles

CNA Financial Corp. has named Chris Middleton business development leader in Los Angeles. Middleton is responsible for leading the execution of distribution management and sales initiatives. Middleton has more than 14 years of experience, including a period in business development …

Insurance Option for Uber Drivers Approved by California Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved a filing that will enable Uber drivers purchasing coverage through Metromile to add a new coverage endorsement to their personal auto policy. That endorsement will provide insurance coverage during the pre-match period when …

Chevron: Report Wrong About California Refinery’s Safety Culture

Chevron says it agrees with several findings in a federal report about a 2012 fire at one of its refineries in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. But it adds the report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board inaccurately depicts the safety …

Oregon Man Sues Walmart Over Gas Can Explosion

A Coos County, Ore. man badly burned when he poured gasoline on a fire is suing Walmart, claiming the gas can he bought there was defective. The Register-Guard reported Daniel Rowlett is seeking $13 million. He says Walmart sold him …

CIA-Leavitt Acquires Colorado Springs Accounts From Brown and Brown

CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency has acquired the Colorado Springs, Colo. clients from Brown & Brown Insurance, which closed its local office. This change will not affect current policies, and to help ease the transition Karen Beitz from Brown & Brown has …

Smart Insurance Solutions in Montana Merges With Leavitt Great West

Smart Insurance Solutions in Kalispell, Mont. has merged with Leavitt Great West Insurance Services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The merger expands the Leavitt Group’s footprint in Montana. Leavitt Group’s Great West offices were formed when Taylor-Leavitt Insurance …

California Commission Fines PG&E $530K For Safety Violations

The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012. The commission says in a Friday statement that the fines include $430,000 for failing to …

Montana Man’s 11th DUI Gets 50 Years

A 49-year-old Helena, Mont. man who has been convicted of 11 drunken driving offenses has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Independent Record reported District Judge Kathy Seeley sentenced Shawn Kevin Smaage last week, saying he would have …

California Suit Against Boy Scouts Could Reveal Sex Abuse Claims

A sex abuse case claiming negligence against the Boy Scouts is getting underway in California and will include the use of previously undisclosed information from “perversion” files kept by the organization. The lawsuit was filed by a man who is …

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