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New Way for Parents to Observe How Their Teens are Driving

Some Colorado teens have more than the police on their trail. An insurance company has offered to set up cameras in their cars that observe drivers. Incidents of risky driving were reduced 70 percent in a national test last year …

New Safety Measures Tested by California Spinach Contamination

Tough new food safety precautions and produce-tracking systems implemented last year after a fatal E. coli outbreak were put to the test when spinach from a Salinas Valley produce company came up positive for salmonella bacteria, prompting a new recall. …

Calif. Considering Expanding Low-Cost Auto Program Statewide

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has announced plans to complete his expansion of the California Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program (CLCA) to the entire state. Commissioner Poizner is working to make the program available to residents in the final 16 …

Yates & Associates Hires Thompson Transportation Underwriter

Yates & Associates of Tustin, Calif., is expanding its transportation division and adding Mike Thompson as underwriter. Thompson will be responsible for underwriting and issuing commercial auto applications. Thompson began his career in 1974 at Farmers Insurance, where he was …

Lawrence Named Underwriting Manager for Calif. State Fund

Diane Lawrence has been promoted to underwriting manager for California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund. Lawrence began her State Fund career as a marketing consultant at the organization’s San Francisco corporate office in 1981. As a member of the Adverting/Promotion Unit …

Colo. Hail Damage Up to $60 Million

Losses from hail in Colorado has been tallied at $60 million, up from figures announced earlier this week. An insurance group says hail that battered Pueblo and Colorado Springs last week did almost $60 million in damage, making it the …

First Responders Testing Video Game in Emergency Preparation

Sandia National Laboratories scientists in Livermore, Calif., are developing a lifelike video game that helps first responders experience the drama and adrenaline of a disaster. Sandia, along with the University of Southern California’s GamePipe Laboratory, is one year into a …

Washington L&I Makes Appointments to Advisory Committees

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced appointments to medical and chiropractic advisory committees that will assist the department in providing high-quality, safe and cost-effective treatments for injured workers. “The committees will help L&I continue to lead the way …

Johnson Appointed SCIF Oxnard District Office Manager

Mark Johnson has been promoted to Oxnard District office manager for California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund. Johnson brings over 27 years of workers’ compensation experience to his district office post. He began his State Fund career in 1980 when he …

Calif. High Court Rules Discovery Does Not Apply to Reinsurance Documents

The California Supreme Court has ruled that a statute authorizing limited discovery of a defendant’s insurance coverage does not include authorization to look into reinsurance agreements as part of facilitating a pretrial settlement. In Catholic Mutual Relief Society et al. …

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