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PPIB Launches MediSpa Teaching Program

Professional Program Insurance Brokerage has launched a new MediSpa teaching program. Coverage is offered to certified individuals who are teaching laser/IPL, botox, dermal fillers, sclerotherapy and/or medical strength peels. Rates are offered on a sliding scale with lower premiums for …

Anderson Named President of Safeco Insurance Foundation

Seattle community leader Virginia Anderson has been named president of the Safeco Insurance Foundation. Anderson, who has served as director of Seattle Center for the past 18 years, brings her background in public service, real estate and the arts to …

Lawsuit Claims Paralysis Caused by Denial of Claim

A 39-year-old Washington woman paralyzed from injuries caused in a car crash sued her insurer for denying coverage for surgery doctors agree could have prevented her paralysis. Tara Sadler, a Yakima, Wash., resident and mother of two boys, filed the …

Trinity E&S Reduces Minimum Premium for Contractors

Trinity E&S Insurance Services based in Bermuda Dunes, Calif., has reduced the minimum premium for its contractors’ program from $25,000 to $10,000 for the majority of classes with coverage for tract work. The changes is effective immediately in California, Nevada, …

Critics: Wyoming Medical Review Panels Aren’t Lowering Insurance

Critics of panels that review medical malpractice cases in Wyoming say the oversight has not lowered the cost of medical malpractice insurance. Voters in 2004 amended the state constitution to allow the Legislature to resurrect the panels, which had been …

4.6-Magnitude Earthquake Causes Damage in Montana

An earthquake damaged an apartment building and knocked bricks off the facades of buildings in southwestern Montana , authorities said. The 4.6 magnitude quake, reported at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday, was centered about nine miles (15 kilometers) northeast of Sheridan, Montana. …

Hamilton Brewart Adds Heath to Staff

Hamilton Brewart Insurance Agency has added Robert Heath to its production staff. Heath has more than five years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry, having experience in positions ranging from sales support and service, to marketing and …

Risk Management Solutions Appoints Bentley COO

Risk Management Solutions based in Newark, Calif., has named Robert Bentley chief operating officer. Bentley, who was previously Global COO at Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC., will be responsible for all operational aspects of RMS and will report directly to …

Burke joins Gaslamp Insurance Services as Office Manager

Julie Burke has joined San Diego-based Gaslamp Insurance Services as office manager. Prior to joining Gaslamp, Burke was at Hub International of California Insurance Services Inc., specializing in construction risks. She also serves as board member for the San Diego …

Former Students Win $9 Million Settlement in Fraud Case

Washington students who alleged they were defrauded by the defunct Business Computer Training Institute have won a $9 million settlement and may get tens of millions more. An insurance company for BCTI, once based in Gig Harbor, Wash., agreed on …

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