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California DIR Suspends 7 Workers’ Comp Medical Providers for Fraud

California’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended seven medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system. The providers were convicted of workers’ comp fraud or have been suspended from the Medicare or …

California Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Allow Later Last Call Times

Closing times at bars in California could go later if proposed legislation there gets passed. The bill proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, would let municipalities set their own last call times. The Los …

Woodruff-Sawyer in California Names Cartwright Practice Leader

San Francisco, Calif.-based Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Darren Cartwright claims auditing and consulting practice leader. Cartwright will be responsible for the direction of the claims group, which provides claims management and advice across the areas of property/casualty, management liability …

LA County Supervisors Order Inspection of Dams in Wake of Oroville Emergency

Supervisors have ordered inspections of all Los Angeles County dams in the wake of flooding concerns at Northern California’s Oroville Dam. The Los Angeles Times wrote that supervisors unanimously approved the order Tuesday. The Department of Public Works has 30 …

Hub International Acquires Assets Denali Alaskan Insurance

Hub International Ltd. has acquired the assets of Denali Alaskan Insurance LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Denali Federal Credit Union. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Anchorage, Alaska-based DAI specializes in providing property/casualty insurance solutions. The DAI team …

Audit Shows Risk Management Fund for New Mexico City Being Drained by Suits

Legal settlements in law enforcement civil rights cases over the past five years have severely depleted Albuquerque, N.M.’s risk management fund, which pays for uninsured losses. In a letter to city officials, state Auditor Tim Keller wrote that the city …

Hacker Convicted in California of Breaking into More Than 100K Amex Accounts

A federal jury in Sacramento, Calif. has convicted a hacker accused of breaking into more than 100,000 of American Express accounts and handing off funds to Russia. The Sacramento Bee reported that 37-year-old Mihran Melkonyan on Tuesday was found guilty …

Wholesale Trading Insurance Names Kiley Managing Director in California

Wholesale Trading Insurance Services LLC in San Francisco, Calif. has named Chris Kiley managing director and property broker. Kiley has more than 20 years of property broking and underwriting with expertise in real estate and specialty property. Kiley joins WTIS …

CoreLogic: $13.3B in Reconstruction at Risk in Northern California Dam Failure

Roughly 50,047 single- and multi-family residential homes could be damaged with an estimated reconstruction cost value of $13.3 billion if the Oroville Dam in California were to fail completely, according to new data analysis from CoreLogic that included the six …

Report: California’s Central Coast Accounting for More of State’s Comp Claims

California’s Central Coast has been accounting for more of the state’s workers’ compensation claims recently, a new report issued today shows. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has issued a new Regional Score Card, the sixth in its research series that …

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