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Relatives of Rivera Entourage Get $70M Judgment in California

The families of four members of Jenni Rivera’s entourage who were killed along with the Mexican-American superstar in a 2012 plane crash are entitled to $70 million, a judge has ruled. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig entered a …

California Jury Awards $16.3M to Family of Construction Worker

A Los Angeles jury has awarded $16.3 million to the family of a construction worker who fell to his death at a wastewater treatment plant. City News Service says the Superior Court panel this week found for Rosa Gonzalez and …

CastlePoint National Conserved by California Regulator to Protect Policyholders

CastlePoint National Insurance Co., the sole remaining carrier member of the Tower Group, was placed into conservation on Thursday by order of the San Francisco Superior Court to protect policyholders and injured workers covered under policies issued by CastlePoint and …

Former California Insurance Commissioner Served During ‘Crisis’

Wesley J. Kinder was a California insurance commissioner who served during a turbulent time. Kinder, a resident of La Habra, Calif., died Wednesday at age 94. “He was a great guy. He was the best boss,” said Roger McNitt, a San Diego-based …

Peabody Reaches Coal Mine Cleanup Deal with 3 U.S. States

Peabody Energy Corp., the largest U.S. coal producer, reached a deal to cover mine clean-up liabilities while in bankruptcy with three U.S. states, court documents showed on Tuesday. Peabody has benefited from a federal program known as self-bonding that allows …

Restaurant Damage in Northern California Due to Crank Callers

Several restaurants in Northern California are damaged after suspected prank callers tricked workers into testing their fire suppression system. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Elk Grove officials say three such incidents were reported to the Cosumnes Fire Department Monday …

JLT Re Names Chandler EVP And Managing Broker in California

JLT Re has named Pete Chandler executive vice president and managing broker. He will be based in JLT Re’s San Francisco, Calif. office and report to Ed Hochberg, CEO of JLT Re in North America. Chandler comes from Marsh, where …

Barnes & Thornburg Adds 2 Insurance Recovery Attorneys in California

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added David Wood and Joshua Rosenberg to the firm’s litigation department and insurance recovery and counseling practice group. The firm also added John Corbett, of counsel, in Dallas, Texas. The trio arrives from Anderson Kill’s Ventura, …

LP Insurance Services in Nevada Brings on Cleghorn

Reno, Nev.-based LP Insurance Services Inc. has named Adam Cleghorn to its Northern Nevada team. Cleghorn previously worked for Basalite Concrete Products in Sparks. He has been in the risk management industry for more than 15 years. LP Insurance Services …

California Wildfire Shuts Down Picturesque Big Sur

State parks along the California’s famed Big Sur coastline were closed Tuesday as one of the state’s two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season. The Big Sur fire threatened a long stretch …

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