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M.E. James Offers GL for Roofing Contractors

M.E. James Surplus Lines Ins. Agency has a general liability program for commercial and residential roofing contractors. The coverage is a Limited Claims-Made form offering up to five years prior acts coverage and up to a 15 year supplemental extended …

Ck Specialty Expands Into Oregon

Ck Specialty Insurance Associates Inc., a surplus line broker and managing general agent, has expanded operations into Oregon with a new office in Sherwood, just south of Portland in Washington County. Ck Specialty offers various markets that allow for the …

Calif. Small Business Owners Optimistic About Growth, UBOC Survey Says

Almost 71 percent of California small business owners polled are expecting 2005 to be an overall better year than 2004, according to the fifth annual statewide survey released today by Union Bank of California, N.A. The survey’s results also offer …

Acordia National Opens Service Office in Las Vegas

Acordia National, a Third Party Administrators and subsidiary of Acordia Inc., a Wells Fargo company, announced that it has opened a service office in Las Vegas. The office will service and support all of the Acordia offices in the Central, …

Liberty Northwest Joins Trusted Choice

Liberty Northwest Insurance Corp., based in Portland, Ore., has joined the Trusted Choice® branding movement—the national consumer branding campaign created to educate consumers about the benefits of using independent insurance agents and brokers. Trusted Choice® was created by the Independent …

Moran Joins Network E&S Insurance Brokers

Network E&S Insurance Brokers LLC, a California-based wholesale broker, announced that Michael F. Moran has joined Network E&S as a Partner and as its Chief Operating Officer. Moran’s immediate responsibility will be to establish and staff an office in Los …

Guaranty Insurance Acquires Calif.-based Walter Mortensen Insurance

Guaranty Insurance Services Inc., the second-largest insurance agency in Texas, announced that it has acquired Walter Mortensen Insurance of Bakersfield, California. This move doubles the agency’s size in California. With eight offices in California’s Central Valley, 100 employees and annual …

Former President of Oregon’s SAIF Accused of Violating Law on Lobbyists

A new state ethics report concludes that former SAIF Corp. President Katherine Keene violated Oregon law by failing to register as a lobbyist and report her expenses. The 35-page report released Feb. 18 by the Oregon Government Standards and Practices …

Ariz. Senate Backs Malpractice Changes Sought by Physicians

The Senate gave preliminary approval Feb. 17 to a three-pronged medical malpractice bill backed by business groups and physicians. The measure would provide a legal shield for doctors’ apologies, tighten requirements for the credentials of expert witnesses testifying in court …

Calif. Senator Requests Audit into $600 Million Executive Life Settlement

The chairwoman of a state Senate oversight committee has requested an audit of a $600 million settlement between the state insurance department and defendants accused of fraudulently acquiring the assets of the now-defunct insurer Executive Life, a group of policyholders …

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