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Company Fined $1M in Double Fatality at Colorado Silver Mine

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration imposed a roughly $1 million fine following an investigation into the deaths of two miners at Revenue Mine in Colorado on Nov. 17, 2013. The underground silver ore mine, located …

California Jury Finds Toyota Seatbelt Caused Woman’s Paraplegia

A California Superior Court jury has found Toyota Motor Corp. liable for causing devastating injuries to a young woman in a crash that occurred in Monterey over four and a half years ago in a verdict rendered late Friday. After …

Southern California Agent That Sold Bogus Policies Sentenced

Dean Joseph Basler, 58, of Ventura, Calif. pleaded guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement associated with more than $250,000 in premiums that Basler received for homeowners insurance policies. According to the California Department of Insurance, Basler actions placed responsible …

Wells Fargo, Telemundo Partner on Financial Literacy Campaign for Hispanics

Wells Fargo of San Francisco has partnered with Miami-based media giant Telemundo for a six-week media campaign targeting financial literacy within the Hispanic community. Launched Oct. 13, “Conversemos de Tus Finanzas” is focused on empowering Hispanics to enhance their financial …

Southern California Docs Bribed To Use Unsafe Spine Screws, Suits Claims

A former Southern California hospital executive is being sued by more than two dozen people who claim he ran a scheme that bribed surgeons to implant counterfeit screws in their patients’ spines, causing pain and injury. Twenty-eight fraud and negligence …

Ana Turns From Hawaii, Downgraded To Tropical Storm

Hawaii residents started to relax Sunday after days of keeping a cautious eye on Hurricane Ana, which was downgraded by late afternoon into a tropical storm. After being dangerously close for several days the closest Ana got to Hawaii was …

California Earthquake Authority to Sell $350M of Bonds

The California Earthquake Authority, the largest seismic insurer in the U.S., is selling $350 million in bonds to strengthen its ability to pay claims, after the state’s first death due to a quake in 11 years. The debt, which is …

NAS Insurance Services Introduces Regulatory Business Interruption Ebola Coverage

Encino, Calif.-based NAS Insurance Services, a full-service specialty insurance underwriting manager, has partnered with Prospect Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Ark Specialty Programs of Lloyd’s of London to launch an insurance program for businesses facing the threat of Ebola-related closure. Regulatory …

Homeowners Sue Golf Course For Negligence in California Fire

A group of homeowners has sued a golf course owner for negligence, stemming from a wildfire that destroyed eight houses, two businesses and an apartment complex near San Diego. The lawsuit filed last week in San Diego Superior Court blames …

Tropical Storm Ana Forecast to Impact Hawaii This Weekend

A Central Pacific Hurricane Center advisory shows Tropical Storm Ana is located 315 miles south-southwest of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. While Ana is gradually strengthening, and may achieve hurricane status later today, the storm is …

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