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Calif. State Fund To Recieve $35,000 in Restitution

An employee of a Chatsworth, Calif., construction company has been ordered to pay $35,263 in restitution to the California State Compensation Insurance Fund in a workers’ compensation insurance fraud case. Alejandro Ruiz Lopez, a carpenter at T.R. Wurster Construction Co., …

Employers Names Shappell Chief Strategy Officer

Reno, Nev.-based Employers has appointed Teresa Shappell senior vice president, chief strategy officer. She will focus on new initiatives and opportunities. Previously, Shappell was chairman of Shappell Inc., a consulting firm providing executive coaching and business strategy support. She also …

Safeco Declares Regular Dividend and Share Repurchase Increase

Safeco has declared a regular dividend of $0.30 per share on its common stock. The dividend is payable Jan. 22, 2007, to shareholders of record on Jan. 5, 2007. The company also announced that its board of directors has increased …

Washington Employers Save $315 Million in Workers’ Comp

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced that the state’s employers and workers would save an estimated $315 million in workers’ compensation premiums next year as the result of a six-month partial suspension of rates proposed by the Department of Labor and …

Kenneth I. Tobey’s Lake Oswego, Ore. Office Closes

The Insurance Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) has announced that Kenneth I. Tobey Inc., a managing general insurance agency in Lake Oswego, Ore., has closed. DCBS has ordered the agency not to remove its …

Washington Launches Online Complaint Comparison Guide

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has launched a new Web-based tool for consumers, called the annual Complaint Comparison Guide. The guide is designed to allow consumers to search online for their auto, health and homeowners insurance company, and compare the …

GNW-Evergreen Names Riedel Commercial Lines Manager

Los Angeles-based GNW-Evergreen Insurance Services LLC has hired Mari Riedel as its new commercial lines manager. Riedel will have senior-level responsibilities with accountability for departmental staffing, training, compliance, process management, customer service, and will work with COO Andrew Forchelli to …

Fireman’s Fund Makes Dividend Payment to Pharmacists Group

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. announced that due to the success of the workers’ compensation insurance program with the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) a $1.4 million dividend will be paid out to insured members. In recent years, the California worker’s compensation …

Hawaii Acknowledges Tsunami Warning Deficiencies

Hawaii’s tsunami warning system has serious deficiencies in reliability and coverage area, according to state emergency officials. About 100 of the tsunami sirens don’t have emergency backup power, meaning they wouldn’t make a sound if an earthquake caused widespread blackouts, …

Farmers Dedicates Campus in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Farmers Insurance Group plans to dedicate a new, 120,000-square-foot agent, claims, leadership and management training facility — The University of Farmers — at a ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at 10:45 a.m., Nov. 3, 2006 in Agoura Hills, Calif. …

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