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Employers Names Brown Senior Vice President in California

RENO, Nev.-based Employers Holdings Inc. has named Lori A. Brown senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Brown  is based out of the company’s San Francisco and Walnut Creek, Calif. offices. She is the company’s primary attorney for employment and executive …

2 Former Women’s Basketball Players Sue Utah College

Two former Dixie State University women’s basketball players are accusing the Utah college of racial, sexual and religious discrimination in a federal lawsuit. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reported the two ex-players accuse former women’s basketball coach Catherria Turner …

Suit Says Southwest Failed in Medical Emergency Over California

A woman filed a wrongful-death lawsuit this week against Southwest Airlines, claiming crew members mistook her husband’s medical emergency for unruly behavior aboard a California flight and didn’t assist him. Richard Ilczyszyn, 46, was found unconscious after the flight from Oakland …

Scientists: Western Migration Has Put 143M Americans in Quake-Prone Areas

More than 143 million people in the mainland states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say. That’s because more people have moved into the quake-prone West Coast and some quake zones were recently expanded, according to researchers from the …

California’s Armitage Given Big “I” Highest Honor

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers has given Jim Armitage the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor IIABA bestows on one of its members, during the annual Big “I” legislative conference. Armitage is vice president of Arroyo Insurance in Arcadia, …

Workers’ Comp Study: California Reforms Lowered Medical Payments Per Claim

A study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute indicates some benefits were had from California’s workers’ compensation reform bill. This WCRI 15th edition of the CompScope’ Benchmarks study tracks the provisions of Senate Bill 863, which sent into effect Jan. …

California Department of Insurance Approves CEA Rate Reduction

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones approved a statewide rate reduction of 10 percent for earthquake insurance policies issued by the California Earthquake Authority. The reduction is effective Jan. 1, 2016. Jones also approved additional CEA coverage options for consumers, including …

IFG Cos. Names Kempen Senior Vice President in Colorado

IFG Cos. has named Andrew P. Kempen senior vice president and chief pricing actuary. Kempen has more than 14 years of insurance-related actuarial experience in pricing, modeling and reserving. He joins IFG’s corporate actuarial department and will be based in …

School Shooting Liability Bill Advanced by Colorado Lawmakers

Colorado lawmakers choked back tears and recalled the state’s painful history of school violence Tuesday as they advanced a plan intended to reduce school shootings by making public schools legally liable for student safety. The approval of the Republican-controlled Colorado …

Teacher Scared by Gunman in Drill Sues Oregon District for PTSD

A former grade school teacher in eastern Oregon says she was so scared when a man burst into her classroom and pulled the trigger on the pistol he pointed at her face that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and …

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