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RIC in California Names Gans Chief Operating Officer

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based RIC Insurance General Agency Inc. has named Jeff Gans chief operating officer. Gans reports to Gary Kitchen, president and CEO. Gans joined RIC in February 2015 as vice president of business development. He was previously with Capital …

Wyoming Governor Creates Panel to Assess Marijuana

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is creating a council to gauge the effects of marijuana usage in the state ahead of a push for a legalization initiative that could put the issue before voters next year. Mead announced Tuesday he’s putting …

Bill in California Responds to Cheerleader Lawsuits

They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage. …

California Insurance Guarantee Association in Whistleblowing Suit

Danny Ly, the former controller for the California Insurance Guarantee Association, has filed a lawsuit against the association that charges it fired him after he blew the whistle about alleged financial irregularities, potential accounting fraud and other potentially illegal conduct. …

New Insurance Rules for California Ridesharing in Effect Today

A new law requiring that ridesharing drivers and companies have liability insurance coverage during all three periods in which they use the ride-sharing application goes into effect today. The rules are in effect under Assembly Bill 2293, which was signed …

Propel Insurance Acquires Ross & Associates in Oregon

Propel Insurance has acquired Portland, Ore.-based Ross & Associates Insurance Services Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ross & Associates provides business and personal insurance, including builder’s risk, professional liability employee benefits, workers’ compensation and bonding. Propel is …

Students Sue University of California Over Sex Assault Claims

Three current and former University of California, Berkeley students sued the school on Monday, accusing administrators of not doing enough to investigate their sexual assault claims and hand out punishment. The three women said the administrators mishandled their claims, failed …

Suit in Deaths Of 19 Firefighters Settled by Families, Arizona

The state of Arizona has settled a lawsuit brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell. The settlement announced by state Attorney General …

Report: California Workers’ Comp Losses and Expenses for 2014 Rise, Ratios Fall

Insurer losses and expenses rose in 2014 from the year before but ratios fell, a California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau report on workers’ comp losses and expenses for 2014 shows. The report issued Tuesday shows total insurer losses incurred …

Court Upholds California Broker’s License Revocation for Sexual Misconduct

The Court of Appeal upheld a decision by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to revoke the broker-agent license of Wellman Dale Shew, 55, of Fresno. When the California Department of Insurance learned that Shew had two misdemeanor convictions in California …

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