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Calif. State Fund To Receive $46,000 in Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

Imperial Valley, Calif., County Superior Court Judge Poli Flores has ordered an employee of an El Centro, Calif., hay exporter to pay $45,996 in restitution to the State Compensation Insurance Fund in a workers’ compensation insurance fraud case. Judge Flores …

Fireman’s Fund Expands Wildfire Protection Services in Calif.

Novato, Calif.-based Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. has expanded its territory and offerings with FireProtec, a vegetation cutting crew staffed by off-duty firefighters. Through the alliance, Fireman’s Fund said it is able to offer all its California policyholders advice on wildfire …

Insurance Associations Urge Wash. Governor to Veto Fair Conduct Act

The American Insurance Association, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and Property Casualty Insurers Association of America are urging Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire to veto SB 5726. Dubbed the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, the bill recently was passed by legislators …

Calif. State Fund Hires Two Amid Ongoing Investigation

The troubled California State Compensation Insurance Fund has hired Stephen C. Kolakowski as interim CFO and Marjorie Berte as a management consultant. Recently, the state’s workers’ compensation insurer suffered setbacks over unethical practices in its group programs, which led to …

Appalachian Underwriters Opens West Coast Satellite Office

Appalachian Underwriters Inc. has opened a San Diego, Calif., satellite office to house its underwriting and executive staff. George Johnston, a 21 year veteran of the California insurance marketplace and former Arrowhead executive, will head the initiative. The office’s focus …

Mercury General to Report Q1 Results on May 7

Los Angeles-based Mercury General Corp. is scheduled to report its results for the first quarter reported ended March 31, 2007, on May 7. On May 7 at 10 a.m. PST, company executives will host an investor conference call and Web …

Farmers Insurance Makes Staff Promotions

The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies has appointed Dave Dela Torre to vice president—sales in the company’s home office in Los Angeles. Also, Doug Menges has been named senior vice president — auto claims field operations, and Jeffry V. Reinig …

Crump’s Denver Office Names Propst, Clements Brokers

The Denver office of Crump Insurance Services Inc. has named Chad Propst and Shannon Clements brokers. Propst has seven years of experience in professional, property and casuatly, as well as auto, cranes and aviation. He was most recently with ADCO …

Insurers Association Voices Concern Over Washington ‘Bad Faith’ Bill

Following the Washington Senate’s passing of an Insurance Fair Conduct Act, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) has issued a statement voicing its concern that the bill will lead trial attorneys to seek more litigation that could lead …

Winn & Co. Hires Miner for P/C Team

Craig Miner has joined the Property Casualty Team of Winn & Co. based in Hollister, California. His primary focus will be in sales and client retention. Prior to joining Winn, Miner worked at a regional brokerage firm headquartered in Sacramento, …

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