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Suit Accuses California University of Mishandling Sex Assault Reports

A Stanford University graduate student claimed in a federal lawsuit that the school failed to adequately investigate and discipline a former student who was a “known sexual predator” while attending the college and sexually assaulted her and other female students …

Study: California Medical Payments Per Comp Claim Decreased After SB 863

California Senate Bill 863 may have contributed to decreases in medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in 2013 and 2014, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The WCRI study s hows medical payments per claim in …

Los Angeles Suing 4 Major Retailers Alleging Deceptive Ads

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office is suing four retailers for allegedly duping shoppers into believing they got bigger discounts than they actually did. The Los Angeles Times reported that the lawsuit alleging deceptive advertising was filed Thursday against JC …

LP Insurance in Nevada Names Banes Shareholder, Director of Risk Management

Reno, Nev.-based LP Insurance Services Inc. has named Jared Banes a shareholder and director of risk management. Banes will also continue as a sales executive at LP Insurance, a role he’s held since 2013. He will also assume oversight of …

CEA Using California Quakes as Opportunity to Spread the Word

In the way of a magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the Northern California coast at 6:45 a.m., a hundred miles west of Eureka, and then a few hours later a magnitude 5.0 in the same general area, the California Earthquake Authority …

Judge Denies State Farm’s Bid to Stop California Rate Reduction Order

California Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal has denied State Farm’s emergency request to stay Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’s order directing State Farm to reduce homeowner and renter rates by 7 percent, and issue refunds totaling more than $100 million to …

Washington Psych Hospital Employee Charged with Molesting Patients

Prosecutors have charged an employee at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital with four counts of molesting four female patients, according to court records made public Friday. Christopher Conley, 47, was charged on Thursday with taking “indecent liberties” with the four …

Casabat Joins Hub International in San Francisco as Benefits Exec

Hub International of California has added Antonio Casabat as a senior vice president for the employee benefits consultancy, responsible for client advocacy and consulting on behalf of clients located throughout the United States. Casabat’s primary role is the design, placement …

$160M Claim Filed by Navajo Nation Over Mine Spill

The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year’s mine waste spill that fouled rivers in three western states. A cleanup team led by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Duck Boat Maker to Pay up to $1M over Washington Crash

The company that manufactured a duck boat involved in a deadly crash in Seattle last year has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced. Ride the …

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