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Acordia Names Van Ness Managing Director for Central, Northern Calif.

Acordia, the insurance brokerage subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Co., has named Greg Van Ness managing director for all of its insurance brokerage operations in Northern and Central California, including the San Francisco Bay area. Van Ness, an executive vice …

AIA Takes Issue with Mont. Democratic Party Comments

The American Insurance Association (AIA) on Thursday called statements by the Montana Democratic Party about former Montana Governor and current AIA President Marc Racicot “outrageous, shameful attempts to make political hay out of the suffering of fellow Montanans.” In text …

Pair Arrested in Wash. Arson Case

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Edmonds, Washington police officers have arrested two men for the Dec. 17, 2004, arson of the Gregory Building in Edmonds, and more arrests are anticipated, according to …

Delgado Appointed to Calif. Alliance of Insurance Agents and Brokers Board

Carlos Delgado, CLU (Danmar Insurance Services, Riverside), has agreed to serve on the Alliance of Insurance Agents and Brokers’ board of directors. Delgado, a 35-year industry veteran, began his insurance career in the life insurance arena with Mutual of New …

Wash. Senate Approves Insurance Fraud Unit, Prosecutor

The Washington state Senate has passed a bill creating the state’s first insurance fraud bureau and adding a fraud prosecutor. SB 6234 passed by a 35-10 margin, and now heads to the House for debate.The bill had to pass the …

ABD Insurance Adds McFall to Technology Services Practice

ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Redwood City, Calif., has announced that Matt McFall has rejoined the firm’s Technology Services Practice. Previously a senior directors and officers broker with the Financial Services Group, McFall’s new charge will be private equity risk …

Wash. Senate Passes Permanent Changes in Unemployment Insurance

Wash. Senate Democrats have approved a bill that would permanently change unemployment laws to pay out additional benefits to seasonal workers. The measure, which passed on a 25-22 vote, reverses the state’s move toward “four-quarter averaging” in which unemployment benefits …

Pressure Mounts for Wash. House Leaders Considering “Wal-Mart bill”

Pressure is mounting for majority House Democrats in Washington state to vote on a bill that would force minimum health care spending by large employers, while some lawmakers suggested the issue could be left to the voters in a fall …

Unlicensed Contractors Arrested in Napa, Calif. Sting

Police in Napa, Calif., arrested seven unlicensed building contractors who showed up to bid on repairing a 121-year-old Victorian house that was damaged during New Year’s weekend flooding, authorities said. The arrests were part of a sting operation set up …

AIG Auto Insurance Lowers Colo. Rates

AIG Auto Insurance is implementing a five percent rate decrease in Colorado. The move will lower auto insurance costs on over 10,000 vehicles and resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of savings for Colorado drivers insured by The …

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