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California State Fund Receives $153,000 in Fraud Case

A San Diego businessman was ordered to pay $153,779 in restitution to California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund as part of his conviction on workers’ compensation fraud. Marco Rangel pleaded guilty to one count of insurance fraud and one count of …

California State Fund Names McCkissock Operations Manager

Mark McKissock has been promoted to operations manager of state contract services claims for the California State Compensation Insurance Fund’s north region. State Contract Services is a third-party administrator of workers’ compensation for agencies of California. McKissock launched his State …

Harbage Joins San Diego-Based Actuarial Consulting Firm

EMB America, a property and casualty actuarial consulting firm, announced that Robin Harbage has joined the company as senior consultant. He will work in the company’s San Diego office. Prior to EMB, Harbage worked for Progressive and Nationwide in both …

Consumer Group Challenges Farmers Insurance’s California Homeowners Rate Increase

A California consumer group is challenging Farmers Insurance Co.’s request for a rate increase of 6.9 percent. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), in a petition filed Monday with the state Department of Insurance, claims that Farmers is …

Ruling in Faulty Products Case Upholds Law Limiting Lawsuit Awards

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a state law that limits the responsibility for payment of damages in lawsuits, including those for faulty products. Deciding a case which drew interest from industry and plaintiffs’ groups, the unanimous …

California Court Rules on Age Discrimination in Workers’ Comp Claim

The California Court of Appeals in Sacramento has, in an unanimous decision, ruled that a disabled employee’s age cannot be used to reduce workers’ compensation benefits. In January 2003, while working as a receptioninst for California Travel and Tourism Commission, …

USGS Finds Southern California Ash May Pose Health Problems

Ash from October and November’s southern California wildfires may pose problems to health and the environment, according to preliminary results from a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study released to the Multi-Agency State and Federal Task Force. Samples collected from two …

Arrowhead Wholesale Promotes Two

Arrowhead Wholesale Insurance Services, based in San Diego, Calif., announced two internal promotions. Michael Guilbault will take over responsibilities as account executive for the company’s High Value Homeowners division. Most recently, Guilbault worked as an account manager in the workers’ …

Washington Governor Gregoire Declares State of Emergency

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared a state of emergency, to bring immediate support to areas in the Pacific Northwest affected by storms and flooding. Some media outlets are reporting that Gregoire estimates damages will top $1 billion. On Dec. …

Colorado Supreme Court Says Lack of Seatbelt Use Can Limit Damage Awards

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a jury should consider a person’s failure to use a seatbelt when determining damages for pain and suffering resulting from an automobile accident. In Valdez v. Pringle, a jury found that Debbie Jo …

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