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Lawsuit Filed by Mother of ASU Frat Pledge Who Drowned

The mother of an Arizona State University fraternity pledge who drowned after a night of drinking has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the chapter. Grace Culolias wants a jury trial to decide punitive and compensatory damages. Her civil suit, filed …

Golfer Wrongful-Death Case Jury Being Put Together

Jury selection has entered a third day in Las Vegas in a civil wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit against a Nevada physician who found the body of women’s professional golfer Erica Blasberg after she committed suicide in May 2010. …

Hull & Company Taps Flynn in Southern California

Hull & Company Inc. has hired Rob Flynn as a property/casualty broker in its Irvine, Calif. office. Flynn will focus his efforts in the commercial lines marketplace, concentrating on contractors, manufacturers and large property risks. Flynn began his insurance career …

California Top Court to Decide on Retailer Defibrillator Issue

Are large California retailers required to have a device on hand to treat customers who fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest? The California Supreme Court is taking up that question during oral arguments. At issue is a Southern California family’s …

Bill Allowing Insurers to Drop Drivers Axed by Arizona’s Brewer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed insurance companies to drop drivers from their coverage if their car was driven mostly out of the state. The bill would have affected college students and snow birds …

NORCAL Mutual Expands Medical Professional Liability Coverage to Nevada

NORCAL Mutual Insurance Co. is now offering medical professional liability insurance to Nevada physicians. For the past eight years, Nevada healthcare professionals have been offered coverage from Medicus Insurance Company, a NORCAL Mutual wholly owned subsidiary. Upon renewal, Medicus policyholders …

University Of Nevada Dorms Raise Quake Safety Concerns

The more than a century-old Manzanita and Lincoln resident halls at the University of Nevada, Reno are steeped in history, but their vulnerability in the event of an earthquake is causing some concern about the students who live in them. …

York Acquires Bickmore in California

Parsippany, N.J.-based York Risk Services Group Inc., a national provider of risk management, claims management, and managed care services, has acquired Sacramento, Calif.-based Bickmore. Bickmore is the operator of a risk management, pool management and actuarial consulting firm and has …

Capital Insurance Group Launches Risk Mitigation Resource

Capital Insurance Group (CIG), a property and casualty insurer serving the Western United States, has launched a new, online risk mitigation platform, CIG RiskAlly. The new resource is currently available for CIG commercial, apartment and restaurant owner insurance policy clients …

Arizona Law to Protect Cities From Catastrophic Death Costs

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that would protect cities and towns from large insurance liabilities in the case of a disaster that results in the death or serious injury of a public safety employee. House Speaker Andy …

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