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Oregon Jury Sides With City in Police Dog Attack

An Oregon jury has ruled against a man who sued the city of Salem after he was bitten by a police dog. The Statesman Journal reported John Hillebrand sought $1 million for physical pain, emotional harm and legal fees. Hillebrand …

Group in Oregon City Is Suing Its Carrier over a Fire Payout

The Eugene Civic Alliance in Oregon has sued its insurance carrier for more than $325,000 after the burning of Civic Stadium. The Register-Guard reported that the nonprofit group wants to build a new complex on the former site of the …

Auto Insurance Fraud Ring in California Busted

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced a major auto insurance fraud ring takedown, which was operating in San Diego County. Nine defendants were charged with 34 felony crimes including filing fraudulent auto …

Report: Self-Driving Prototypes Getting Better at Navigating California Streets

Self-driving car prototypes appear to be getting better at negotiating California streets and highways without a human backup driver intervening, according to data made public by California transportation regulators. The data reflect safety-related incidents reported by 11 companies that have …

Chasing Cows With Drones Must Be a Thing in Utah

A Utah lawmaker wants to send people to jail for harassing farm animals with drones, all-terrain vehicles and even dogs under a proposal that is unique in the U.S. but has gained an unlikely opponent. Republican Rep. Scott Chew, who …

EPIC Acquires Benefit Compass in Southern California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has acquired Benefit Compass Insurance Services LLC, a specialist in employee benefits brokerage and consulting services in Irvine, Calif. Benefit Compass provides employee benefit solutions, human resource consulting and employee engagement strategies. The firm has …

EPIC in California Names Bergstrom VP in Golf Insurance Services

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has named Bill Bergstrom to lead the operations and growth initiatives of its golf insurance services program. He will be based in EPIC’s Sacramento, Calif. office and report to Paul Lindsay, senior vice president and …

Transit Operator in Northern California OKs $1M Settlement

Bay Area Rapid Transit has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the agency of violating waste and hazardous-materials laws. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the transit agency agreed to pay $1.275 million to …

College Fraternity in Oregon Accused of Hazing Slapped with $8M Suit

An $8 million lawsuit against a fraternity at a northwestern Oregon college says a hazing incident resulted in a 20-year-old man losing his right eye. KOIN-TV reports that the lawsuit alleges Kellen Johansen was coerced into drinking alcohol, running naked …

USGS Confirms Another Quake in Western Colorado Towns

A recent 3.3 magnitude earthquake is the largest to hit a western Colorado county in a decade, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS told the Rifle Citizen Telegram that seven people reported the earthquake that shook Garfield County towns …

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