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United Valley Adds 2 Members in Southern California

United Valley has added Goodwin Insurance Agency Inc. of Redlands, Calif. and RBP Insurance Services Inc. of Valencia, Calif. to its network. Goodwin Insurance, which was founded in 2004 by agency owners Glenn Goodwin, Nick Goodwin and Holly Grimm, provides …

Weed Warning: Legalizing Marijuana Tied to Rise in Crashes in 3 States by HLDI

Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about three percent higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, a new insurance report has found. The Highway Loss Data Institute …

Insurtech Startup Buys MGA in California with Product for Agents in Mind

Insurtech startup Bridger has purchased Pleasanton, Calif.-based SCJ Insurance Services in a step toward launching what the firm contends will be “simpler, cheaper, and easier-to-manage automotive insurance.” Bridger CEO Kimo Winterbottom talked about the acquisition with Insurance Journal on Thursday …

Report Details Death, Panic in Deadly Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire

Voices screamed out, “Fire!” Suddenly, the lights went out and it got harder to breathe. Many of the 36 people killed in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland huddled together in the dark, and that’s where they died of …

Dalia Named Chief Financial Officer at California-based Alliant

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has named Reshma Dalia to chief financial officer of Alliant’s specialty group. Dalia will work with the management team on operational, financial and strategic growth initiatives for the group. The recently-formed group includes …

Chubb’s Crooks Named XL Catlin’s Inland Marine Director in California

XL Catlin has named Russell Crooks as vice president and national inland marine director. Crooks is based in San Francisco. He will liaise with brokers and clients throughout the Western U.S. to address inland marine insurance needs, including motor truck …

Confie Acquires Valetta and EZ in Arizona

Confie has acquired Arizona agencies Valletta Insurance in Phoenix and EZ Insurance in Tucson. Both Valletta and EZ are providers of non-standard auto insurance. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Confie announced the acquisitions as part …

Regulator Fines Contractor Following Oregon Bridge Incident

A contractor has been fined nearly $200,000 for violations discovered after two workers were injured in a mishap on Portland, Ore.’s Ross Island Bridge. Oregon OSHA announced the penalty Monday, following an investigation that found nine safety violations. One of …

California Commissioner ‘Undeterred’ by Challenges to Climate Disclosure Initiative

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones responded to challenges to his calls for insurers to disclose their investments in fossil fuels. Oklahoma’s attorney general has sent a letter to Jones threatening legal action if that state continues with its policy of …

California Surplus Lines Don’t Want to be Left out of State’s Marijuana Regs

California’s surplus lines industry is trying to clear up the haze over a proposed regulation that would require medical marijuana businesses to purchase insurance only from admitted carriers. The regulation is one of several regulations under consideration at a series …

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