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AFS/IBEX Financial Services Promotes Three in Western Region

AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc., Newport Beach, Calif., has promoted three staff members from its western region. Jerry Frith, has been named vice president of operations. He was previously operations manager for the company in Dallas, and has 17 years of …

Wash. Ag Groups Praise Lawmakers for Farm-Friendly Session

Agriculture really is No. 1 in Washington. After years of complaining about being overlooked and ignored by majority lawmakers west of the Cascades, farmers gained ground on nearly every major issue they brought forward during the 59-day legislative session, including: …

California Bars Workers from Neverland Ranch Due to Insurance

Michael Jackson has been ordered to pay a $69,000 fine and remove 69 employees from his Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., for allowing workers’ compensation insurance to lapse at the exotic estate that has been home to elephants, orangutans …

Increasing Cost of Insuring Mont. Jockeys Threatens Racing

Costs for insuring jockeys at Montana race tracks are going up, and some communities say the expense threatens their ability to continue holding races. Miles City, Mont., which hosts three days of horse racing, two of them during the annual …

Calif. Court Reinstates Class Action Against Lead Paint Makers

A state appeals court in San Jose, Calif. has reinstated a class-action lawsuit alleging that several paint manufacturers knowingly sold harmful lead-based paint products for decades. The Sixth District Court of Appeal on March 10 reversed a Santa Clara County …

Unigard Announces Staff Changes

Unigard Insurance Companies, a Bellevue, Wash.-based property and casualty insurer, has announced two new appointments and a promotion. Harris Clarke recently joined the company as assistant vice president of personal lines product management. He is responsible for personal lines products …

Colorado Emergency Medical Payments Coverage Bill Killed in Committee

Legislation forcing Colorado drivers to purchase additional emergency medical insurance coverage as part of their auto insurance policies was defeated in the state’s Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 6-3. Senate Bill 19 would have required drivers to purchase …

Insurers Happy with Utah Privacy Bills

In its just-concluded session, the Utah Legislature passed legislation to protect consumers from unauthorized access to their credit-related information, while preserving insurers’ access to credit data, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) Regional Manager Kenton Brine said. “Utah legislators …

Mazza Joins Baldwin Resource Group

Elke Mazza has joined the Baldwin Resource Group, Bellevue, Wash., as an insurance division manager in charge of personal insurance, small commercial accounts and small benefits accounts. Mazza has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, most …

Abram Interstate Offers New Program for Garage Insurance

Abram Interstate Insurance Services Inc. in Rocklin, Calif., is offering a new program for garage insurance in California and Arizona. The targeted classes are: new and used car dealers, private passenger auto repair shops, recerational vehicle (RV) dealers and repair, …

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