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Nasburg and Huggins in Oregon Merge and Affiliate with Leavitt Group

Nasburg & Company Insurance and Huggins Insurance, both based in Coos Bay, Ore., have merged to become Nasburg Huggins Insurance, and at the same time have entered into an affiliation with Leavitt Group. The announcement comes from the agencies’ principals, …

California Workers’ Comp Committee Votes for Lower Mid-Year Filing

The California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau Governing Committee voted on Wednesday to authorize the WCIRB to submit a mid-year pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance that’s 5 percent lower than the Jan. 1 filing. The …

Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Ticket Quotas

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill that would have banned law enforcement agencies from establishing traffic ticket quotas for their officers. Ducey says he vetoed House Bill 2410 Monday because it might have hindered chiefs’ ability to affectively …

Ski Areas Ask Oregon Legislature For Liability Protection

Ski areas are asking the Oregon Legislature for enhanced protection from lawsuits after the state Supreme Court invalidated the broad liability waivers often printed on the back of lift tickets. Ski facility executives told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that they …

Uber, Cab Companies Face Off Over Nevada Ridesharing Bill

Passions ran high this week over a bill that would create Nevada regulations specific to ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, a prospect that cab and limo services criticize as a double standard that would put customers at risk and …

Lumber Liquidators Sued in California Over Formaldehyde Home Test Kits

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. was accused in a lawsuit of supplying consumers with unreliable kits to test for formaldehyde as federal authorities investigate reports the company sold flooring with high levels of the cancer-causing chemical. The home testing kits weren’t …

Experts: California Sex Bias Case Will Embolden Women Despite Verdict

Observers say a long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues will embolden women in the industry and lead firms to examine …

NFP Acquires Arizona-Based WIS

NFP has acquired Weber’s Insurance Service Inc. and Weber’s Assurance Group LLC in Arizona. The transaction was effective Feb. 18, but terms of the deal were not released. Weber’s Insurance and Weber’s Assurance, known collectively as WIS, is based in …

California Applicants Attorneys Want Action Based on Workers’ Comp Report

The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association on Tuesday called for action from Gov. Jerry Brown on reported  delays and denials in the treatment of injured workers. CAAA’s call to action is in response to a series of articles by National Public Radio reporting …

Jones Made a Name in Surety as a Common Sense Underwriter

Louis E. Jones had a reputation in the insurance industry as a common sense underwriter, and there were few contractors and home builders that he did not touch over the years, his friends say. Jones was born Nov. 9, 1931. …

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