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CSAA Insurance Group Financial Leader in California Named to COIN Board

Lincoln Walworth, an investments executive for CSAA Insurance Group, has been appointed to the advisory board of the California Organized Investment Network. Since 1997, COIN has provided insurers with guidance on making investments that benefit underserved and rural communities, as …

Allianz Names Walter West Zone Farm And Ranch Team Lead

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty has named Karen Walter team lead for the West zone farm and ranch division. Walter will report through to both Craig Cendak, West zone mid corporation leader, and Atul Kulkarni, global practice group leader for …

Lockton Names Michon Executive Vice President in Northern California

Lockton has named Alex Michon an executive vice president and leader of client service and business development in its new Sacramento, Calif. office. Michon is a 21-year veteran of Aon, where he was vice president and Sacramento office leader. He …

More California Drivers Spotted Using Cellphones, Traffic Report Shows

The number of California drivers using cellphones is rising, as are deaths and injuries blamed on distracted driving. The California Office of Traffic Safety reported this week that nearly 13 percent of drivers were seen using mobile devices in an …

Unlicensed Agent Nabbed for Stealing More Than $140K in Premiums

Robert Meseer, 63, of Westminster, was arrested by California Department of Insurance investigators on 32 felony counts of grand theft, insurance fraud, and forgery after acting as an insurance agent to allegedly steal more than $140,000 from several business owners. …

California’s Last Nuke Plant Would Be Closed by 2025 Under Deal

California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced this week, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental …

Oregon Teen Disfigured During School Trip to Costa Rica Sues For $20M

An Oregon teenager who was disfigured during a school trip in Costa Rica has filed a $20.8 million lawsuit against his former high school. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Joseph Christopher Johnson filed the suit earlier this week against Salem Academy, …

California Commissioner Asks National Regulators to Block Aetna-Humana Deal

California’s insurance commissioner on Thursday urged national antitrust regulators to block health insurer Aetna Inc’s proposed $34 billion acquisition of Humana Inc. David Jones, whose state Department of Insurance does not have authority to block the deal, said the acquisition …

Judge Allows Bulk of Starbucks Suit in California over Lattes to Proceed

A federal judge is allowing the bulk of a lawsuit accusing Starbucks of systematically under-filling lattes to move forward. Two California residents are suing the Seattle-based coffee chain, claiming that Starbucks lattes are only filled to about 75 percent of …

Abuse Survivors in New Mexico Approve Diocese Settlement

Victims of clergy sexual abuse have approved of a plan for the Gallup Diocese in New Mexico to dole out millions of dollars in compensation. The Albuquerque Journal reported that an attorney for 57 abuse survivors told a federal judge …

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