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Montana Bill Would Add Tree Wells As ‘Risk Of Skiing’

The Legislature is passing a bill that would include tree wells as one of the risks of skiing in Montana. Senate Bill 164 will go to Gov. Steve Bullock next for his consideration. Sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Hoven of …

Woodruff-Sawyer Names Four New Partners From West

San Francisco, Calif.-based Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named four executives as partners: Kim Armanasco and Michelle Droz from the San Francisco office, Jared Pelissier of the Southern California office, and Brad Wagenaar in the firm’s Hawaii office/Risk Solutions Partners. Armanasco, …

California Consumer Group Seeks Enforcement Action Against Geico

The Consumer Federation of California is alleging that Geico Insurance Co. illegally quotes higher minimum automobile coverage levels than permitted under state law to unmarried, lower or moderate-income motorists The allegations were made in a petition filed Thursday with the …

Insurer Hit With $4.5M Class Action Bad Faith Verdict in Nevada

Everest Indemnity Insurance Co. was hit with a $4.5 million verdict after a Nevada state court jury on Thursday said the insurer acted in bad faith by refusing to cover a construction company’s defense costs in a class action stemming …

Chuck Yeager Cleared By Court to Sue Utah Gun Safe Company

A federal appeals court says record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager can sue a Utah gun safe company that named a line of safes after him. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Tuesday that the 91-year-old can …

Nearly $15M Awarded by Colorado Jury in Racial Discrimination Case

A federal jury has awarded nearly $15 million to 11 Denver, Colo.-area warehouse workers who accused a trucking company of segregating workers by race, calling black people “stupid Africans” and punishing those who complained. Attorney Lynn Feiger, who was among …

Nevada Workers’ Compensation Loss Costs See Slight Decrease in 2015

Many Nevada employers will see a slight decrease in the premiums they pay for workers’ compensation insurance this year. Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper approved a filing from the National Council on Compensation Insurance for an average decrease of 0.5 …

California Agents Asked to Inform Customers on Auto Financial Responsibility

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and state Sen. Ricardo Lara on Thursday urged Californians to make sure they are meeting their obligation to carry minimum liability insurance coverage on their vehicles and announced resources to help educate motorists and make …

Family of Barefoot Marathoner Files Suit in Washington Against Vibram

The family of an Ethiopian runner who famously won an Olympic marathon barefoot is suing Vibram, the maker of a popular line of minimalist running shoes, saying it used his name without permission. Abebe Bikila, who died in 1973, was …

Gay Man Awarded $76,000 For Oregon Adult Store Firing

A gay man who sued when he was fired from his job at an Oregon adult bookstore has been awarded more than $76,000 in damages. Wilford Bearden was hired at Fantasyland II in Clackamas in April 2010 and fired three …

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