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Former California Surplus Lines Chair Gibbs Loved Stories, Clients

George N. Gibbs Jr. was a man who was famous in insurance circles for his ability to tell a good story, and those who knew him say he was passionate about protecting the interests of his clients. Gibbs died on …

Pinnacol in Colorado Names Brannen Vice President of Human Resources

Pinnacol Assurance in Colorado has named Barbara Brannen vice president of human resources. Brannen will oversee the company’s human resources and learning and organizational development areas. Brannen has 35 years of experience. Her previous roles include vice president of human …

Ex-Partner Defeats California’s Firm’s Bid for Personnel Records

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, facing gender-bias claims by ex-partner Ellen Pao, may not get access to her performance reviews, complaints about her and other personnel records it sought from her other employers in a case that has focused attention …

Committee Advances Bill To Increase Wyoming Workplace Safety Fines

A bill to increase penalties against Wyoming employers when safety violations result in worker fatalities has cleared its first hearing. The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee on Wednesday recommended approval of the bill. Wyoming long has been among …

Did New Mexico Court Open ‘Pandora’s Bong’ With Nod to Pot for Worker?

A can of worms has been opened, the horse is out of the barn and the industry is gazing into Pandora’s Box. There is no shortage of idioms for workers’ compensation experts who are concerned over a decision last week …

Work on ‘Tsunami-Proof’ School on Washington Coast Underway

Ground has been broken for a new school building on the Washington coast at Westport. Officials say the structure is designed to be tsunami-proof. KOMO-TV reported that the planned “vertical evacuation structure” will be an addition to the Ocosta Elementary …

New Mexico Governor Makes Another Run at Driver’s License Law

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she wants the Legislature to repeal a law that allows the state to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally. Martinez took aim at the law during her State of the …

California Court Rejects Insurance Challenge to Prop. 103

The Sacramento Superior Court issued a decision rejecting an insurance industry challenge on the California insurance commissioner’s regulations under Proposition 103 that limit the amount of advertising costs insurers may pass on to consumers through insurance premiums. California Insurance Commissioner …

USG Lauches New California Office With Tourtellott

USG Insurance Services Inc. has launched a new office in San Diego, Calif. and hired Michael Tourtellott as a producer and broker in the office. Tourtellott will handle commercial lines accounts nationally, with a focus on their product lines. Tourtellott …

Campbell Named CIG’s Agency Development Manager for Northern California

Capital Insurance Group has named Dawnya Campbell agency development  manager for the Western portion of the Bay Area Territory in the Northern California Region. The Northern California regional team serves independent agents for agri-business, personal lines and commercial lines accounts. Campbell …

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