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Brothers Arrested in Auto Insurance Premium Scam

Carlos Vasquez-Marquez and Jose Miguel (Mike) Marquez, of Rancho Palos Verdes, have been arrested and charged with seven felony counts of grand theft. The arrests are the result of a 20-month investigation conducted by the California Department of Insurance, Los …

Eaton Professional Insurance Services Formed

Colleen Eaton announced the opening of independently owned and operated Eaton Professional Insurance Services Inc. in Tustin, Calif. EPISI is a wholesale brokerage with access to over 80 different programs for errors & omissions, directors & officers, employment practices, medical …

CWCI Study Examines Utilization Review in California Workers’ Comp

The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has issued a new report that looks at utilization review and the use of medical treatment guidelines in California workers’ compensation and compares the low back treatment guidelines of the American College of Occupational and …

Calif. Superior Court Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit Involving ACE Companies

The ACE Group of Companies announced Tuesday that California Superior Court Judge James Warren has entered judgment in favor of several ACE companies in a lawsuit brought against Insurance Company of North America (INA), INA Financial Corporation, ACE Property and …

Washington’s Physicians Insurance Responds to Commissioner’s Consent Order

Seattle-based Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company, an insurer that provides coverage to physicians and other health care providers, acknowledged the regulatory actions taken by Washington’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner and expressed its commitment to improving its compliance with Washington …

AIA Opposes Washington Bill Limiting Underwriting Based on Dog Breed

If a Washington measure becomes law, responsible pet owners who take care of their animals will face higher insurance costs to subsidize rates for others with dogs more likely to bite, according to the American Insurance Association. AIA is urging …

Graham Joins Beecher Carlson Holdings

Beecher Carlson Holdings Inc., announced the hiring of Noreen Graham as managing director in Beecher Carlson’s Los Angeles office. Graham’s primary responsibilities will be production and retention of risk management accounts as well as growing the Los Angeles office through …

Calif. Authorities Give Comp Fraud a Clean Sweep

In a joint effort, investigators from the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), overseen by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Workers’ Compensation Fraud Division are conducting a countywide enforcement sweep …

Farmers to Lower Rates for Colo. Auto Customers

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies announced Monday it will lower rates for its auto customers in the state of Colorado. Effective April 1, 2005, Farmers’ customers in Colorado will see a rate decrease that will average 3.2% percent. Actual savings …

Garfin Joins ISU San Francisco

ISU SF has announced the addition of Dan Garfin to its growing employee benefits, retirement and estate planning department. He will coordinate cross-selling of employee benefits products at ISUSF and he will lead the development of ISU Employee Benefit Services, …

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