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Monarch Names Neville Senior Underwriter in California

Monarch E&S has named Deb Neville a senior commercial lines underwriter in its San Diego, Calif. branch office. Neville has extensive commercial lines experience and has been working in the excess and surplus lines industry for 35 years. Most recently Neville had …

$28M Verdict Upheld in Wyoming Carbon Monoxide Case

A federal judge has upheld a jury’s $28.2 million damage award to a woman who suffered a permanent brain injury from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty furnace in the apartment she was renting in Casper, Wyo. Amber Lompe …

Montana Jury Awards $4.3M in Train Crash Lawsuit

A Cascade County, Mont. jury has awarded $4.3 million in damages to a BNSF Railway employee who was injured in a July 2011 train collision caused by a switching error. The Great Falls Tribune reported conductor Michael Schnittgen was injured …

California Earthquake Authority Proposes to Lower Rates

The California Earthquake Authority on Thursday proposed an average 8 percent decrease in rates. CEA’s Advisory Panel recommended the rate decreases, along with additional coverage options in deductibles, discounts and certain limits, to the CEA Governing Board, which next meets …

Prinzing Joins Leavitt Group in Montana

Nick Prinzing has joined Leavitt Great West Insurance Services in the Great Falls, Mont. location and will focus on employee benefits. Prior to joining the agency, Prinzing worked as an advisor customizing comprehensive voluntary disability insurance within benefits programs for …

Mercury Agrees to Acquire Workmen’s Auto Insurance in California

Mercury General Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase of Workmen’s Auto Insurance Co. Both insurers are based in Los Angeles, Calif. The purchase price is $8 million and the transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of …

Workers’ Comp Study Looks at California’s Reforms

When California Senate Bill 863 took effect Jan. 1, 2013, it created several fee schedule changes in the California workers’ compensation system. The Workers Compensation Research Institute has released a study looking at the possible effect of these changes on …

Suhr Names Dershimer Vice President of Employee Benefits in California

Suhr Risk Services has named Jed Dershimer vice president of employee benefits in San Jose, Calif. Dershimer previously worked at Hays Companies, ADP and Verizon, in addition to a lengthy prior stint with Suhr. He specializes in architecting and implementing …

Oregon Worker Severs Fingers At Potato Plant: Safety Division

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating after a female employee severed four fingers on her right hand in a workplace accident at a potato plant in Boardman. The East Oregonian reported that agency spokeswoman Melanie Mesaros says the …

Landslide Cleanup Deal Reached in Oregon, Insurers to Pay

A legal path has been cleared for hundreds of tons of debris to be removed from a waterway south of Coos Bay, Ore. that’s home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon. In April 2012, a massive construction landslide sent mud, …

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