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GM Ignition Defects Lawsuit in California Awaits Bankruptcy Ruling

A lawsuit against General Motors Co. in California over ignition-switch defects linked to 13 deaths was put on hold until a bankruptcy judge in New York rules on whether some compensation claims can be brought without violating a court order …

Recent Quakes Push Interest, Sales of Policies in California

Some people don’t need Earth Day to be reminded they live on a planet powered by the forces of nature. The recent string earthquakes on the Pacific belt may have hit home with California homeowners, who were already a bit …

Federal Suit Filed Against California Lawmaker, Aide in Fatal DUI

The parents of a Santa Barbara woman who was fatally struck by a congresswoman’s aide filed a federal lawsuit against the driver, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps and the U.S. government. The wrongful death suit filed by Matt and Raeona Dies’ …

Monster Involved in Insurer-Funded Settlement in California

Corona, Calif.-based Monster Beverage Corp. has agreed to settlement an ongoing securities class action lawsuit against the company and two of its officers in federal district court in Los Angeles. The settlement, reportedly worth $16.25 million, is pending court approval. The suit was …

Not Guilty Plea Entered by PG&E In Deadly California Blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to federal charges stemming from a natural gas pipeline explosion in California that killed eight people and injured 58 others in 2010, according to court filings. The utility was indicted by …

California Water Authority Mum Over Possible Loss of Insurance

The battle over a California water district’s insurance coverage has been a bit chilly the last few days. The Central Basin Municipal Water District hasn’t done much to head off threats by the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers …

Sce joins Sullivan Brokers in Southern California

Sullivan Brokers Wholesale Insurance Solutions named Jim Sce to the firm’s casualty practice group as vice president. Sce will work in the Los Angeles, Calif. office. Sce has expertise in construction classes, as well as experience in all casualty lines …

Employers in Nevada Names Hallman EVP, Chief Information Officer

Reno, Nev.-based Employers Holdings Inc. named Richard P. Hallman executive vice president and chief information officer. He will oversee overseeing all of Employers’ information technology departments. Hallman previously served as senior vice president and chief information officer, a position he …

Lockton Launches Gaming, Entertainment and Sports Practice in California

Lockton has launched a gaming, entertainment and sports practice to be based in Irvine, Calif. The group is part of Lockton’s Pacific operations and it integrates multiple vertical markets. Lockton’s gaming, entertainment and sports practice provides a range of risk …

Lockton Names Sherwin Senior Vice President in Colorado

Jay Sherwin joined Lockton’s Denver, Colo. operation as senior vice president and department manager of financial and professional services. In his role with Lockton, Sherwin will focus on developing insurance and risk management solutions. Additionally, he will assist in the …

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