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Massive Central Utah Wildfire Continues to Grow

A massive wildfire that has swept across two central Utah counties and closed two highways continued to grow over the weekend, officials said. So far, the Milford Flat Fire has burned an estimated 160,000 acres, or 250 square miles, fire …

Calif. Agents Alliance Hires D’Arelli as Executive VP

California’s Alliance of Insurance Agents and Brokers has hired Mike D’Arelli as executive vice president. D’Arelli is spearheading the Alliance’s grassroots advocacy program, and he is managing other projects for the association. He reports directly to Alliance Executive Director David …

Hub Acquires Colorado’s Steel City Agency

Hub International Limited has purchased Pueblo, Colorado-based Steel City Agency. SCA’s four offices in Colorado will expand the presence of Hub International Southwest to the Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Trinidad areas. SCA focuses on manufacturing, construction, service and municipal clients, …

Five Uninsured, Unlicensed Contractors Arrested in South Lake Tahoe

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced the results of the first undercover operation stemming from the Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe. The operation took place at a residence in the disaster area that was damaged by fire, but not …

Cocovatz Appointed Attorney-in-Charge of Calif. State Fund

Larry Cucovatz has been promoted to attorney-in-charge for the California State Compensation Insurance Fund’s Special Litigation Unit (SLU). SLU is devoted to the recovery of damages involved in fraud-related activities. Cucovatz began his legal career when he was hired as …

Oregon Fines Nine AIG Companies $5 Million

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) has imposed a $5 million fine on nine insurers in the American International Group (AIG) for numerous violations of Oregon insurance and workers’ compensation laws, some of them dating back to …

Valley Oak Systems Hires Wedster as VP of Product Development

San Ramon, Calif.-based Valley Oak Systems Inc., an Aon company, announced that James Wedster has joined the company as vice president of product development. Part of Aon’s premier distribution network, Valley Oak Systems plans to broaden its reach in the …

Nevada Consumers Puzzle over Using Credit History to Set Rates

As Ed Rathje sees it, his first foray into the Nevada Legislature as a citizen-activist ended in “total defeat” earlier this month when a bill he was pushing to limit the insurance industry’s use of credit histories to set rates …

Class-Action Status Granted Against Scripps Hospital

A San Diego Superior Court judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit accusing Scripps Health hospitals of overcharging uninsured patients. The suit alleges that uninsured Scripps patients pay as much as four times more than patients covered by Medicare …

Symetra Financial Files for Initial Public Offering

Bellevue, Wash.-based Symetra Financial Corp. said it filed for an initial public offering of common shares. The shares will be offered by existing stockholders. The IPO expects to raise up to $750 million, according to a filing with the Securities …

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