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Millions of Dollars in Damage During Wyoming Flooding This Year

The high volume of water that poured down Wyoming rivers and streams from a melting record mountain snowpack this year is being blamed for several river deaths and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to roads, recreation sites …

JLT Re Names Ferrier to Lead Western Region

JLT Re has named Andrew Ferrier executive vice president to lead the Western region with a focus on global, regional and MGA business. Ferrier is expected to join in September and will be based in JLT Re’s San Francisco office, …

California Division of Workers’ Comp Suspends 5 Medical Providers for Fraud

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended five more medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system, bringing the total number of suspended providers to 32. DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto issued suspension orders against the following …

Small Quake Hits Alaska’s Aleutian Island Chain

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has hit an island in Alaska’s Aleutians chain, the Alaska Earthquake Center confirmed. The center reported that the earthquake struck 3:24 p.m. Sunday Alaska time on Adak Island near the far west end of the Aleutians. …

RightSure Insurance Acquires Arizona Economy Insurance

RightSure Insurance Group has acquired Tucson, Ariz.-based Arizona Economy Insurance. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Arizona Economy Insurance is an independent insurance agency. Tucson, Ariz.-based RightSure is licensed to sell personal, commercial and life insurance products in 42 …

USG Names Roy Producer in Southern California

USG has named Dave Roy a producer/broker in its Irvine, Calif. office. Roy will continue building his book of business and agency retail network. Roy formerly held the title associate producer/broker. He joined USG in 2016. He was previously a …

California Department of Workers’ Comp Dismissing 292K-Plus Unresolved Liens

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation is dismissing more than 292,000 unresolved liens. The liens belong to claimants who did not properly file the required supplemental lien form and 4903.05(c) declaration form. Senate Bill 1160, which became effective Jan. 1, …

9 People Sentenced in $500K California Auto Insurance Fraud Ring

Michael Charles Young, 30, of Sacramento, Calif., the reported leader of a large auto insurance fraud ring, was sentenced to more than 10 years in state prison for bilking insurance companies out of an estimated $500,000 by filing fraudulent insurance …

Nevada Issuing Marijuana Distribution Licenses to Non-Liquor Wholesalers

Nevada marijuana regulators have decided to start issuing pot distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers to keep up with overwhelming demand since legal recreational sales began July 1. The Nevada Department of Taxation voted to open up the …

Lawyer Says Blown Tire Caused Livestreamed, Deadly Crash in California

The defense attorney for a teenage driver accused of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister says a mechanical problem may have caused the accident in California. The Merced Sun-Star reported Obdulia Sanchez’s lawyer told a …

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