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Engle Martin Opens Sacramento Office

Engle Martin & Associates Inc., a national independent insurance adjusting and claims administration firm based in Atlanta, is extending its presence in California by opening a Sacramento office to cover the northern part of the state. The new office, in …

Gallagher Named Calif. State Fund Employee Services Manager

Eileen Gallagher has been promoted to employee services manager for California State Compensation Insurance Fund’s Human Resources Department. Gallagher brings more than 17 years of workers’ compensation experience to her new post. She began her State Fund career in 1990 …

G.J. Sullivan Appoints Dwyer To Manage New Northern Calif. Office

G.J. Sullivan has appointed Terrence Dwyer branch manager of the company’s new Northern California branch office located in Oakland. Dwyer has more than 20 years experience managing wholesale brokerage and managing general agent operations in Northern California such as Stewart …

Colo. Farms Ordered to Surrender Records in Insurance Investigation

Three San Luis Valley, Colo., farms have been ordered to turn over records to a federal investigator looking into whether they illegally sold potatoes after collecting up to $1.3 million in federal insurance payments on the same crop. U.S. District …

Climate change may increase wildfires in Great Basin

Climate change is likely to increase the number of wildfires fueled by invasive weeds that are spreading throughout the Great Basin, researchers told a U.S. Senate subcommittee last week. Researchers described a potential increase in the amount of cheatgrass and …

Calif. Governor Refuses Again to Raise Benefits for Disabled Workers

For the second year in a row, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has refused to raise benefits for disabled workers that critics say were slashed too deeply by regulations his administration adopted in 2004. The Republican governor vetoed a bill Friday by …

Appalachian Underwriters Launches Contractors GL Program in Calif.

San Diego-based Appalachian Underwriters Inc. has a contractors general liability market available in California through independent agents. This program is backed by an admitted,A.M. Best Co. “A”-rated carrier. The program is designed to serve residential and commercial contractors with up …

Gray-Stone & Co. Adds Professional Liability Market for Attorneys

Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Gray-Stone & Co. has a market for lawyers’ professional liability. Coverage is available immediately for one to up to 150 attorneys in California and most states. The market is rated “A” excellent by A.M. Best. Limits can …

Calif. DOI Partners with CAL FIRE To Prevent Fire Losses

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner joined CAL FIRE Director Ruben Grijalva yesterday in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help prevent and mitigate fire losses in the Golden State. The state faces an abnormally dry fall fire season, they …

White & Co. Appoints Armstrong Orange County Office Manager

White & Company Insurance Inc has appointed Dan Armstrong manager of its Orange County, Calif., office, effective Nov. 1. Armstrong began his professional career working for a workers’ compensation captive in Santa Barbara, Calif. He then served two years with …

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