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California Workers’ Comp Board Chairwoman Caplane to Retire

Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Chairwoman Ronnie Caplane is retiring from state service at the end of the month, it was announced. Caplane was appointed commissioner in 2003 by Gov. Gray Davis, reappointed in 2009 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and named …

California Insurance Agent Convicted of Worker’s Comp Insurance Fraud

Kannai David Scantlen, 41, of Valley Springs, Calif., a former insurance agent conducting business as Kan I Save Insurance Services, was convicted of insurance fraud and sentenced to 60 days, three years of formal probation, and ordered to pay $20,000 …

Wal-Mart Settles Utah Suit Over Firing of Disarming Workers

A group of former Wal-Mart workers in Utah who said the company violated their right to self-defense by firing them for disarming suspected shoplifters has settled their lawsuit against the mega-chain. The workers argued that Wal-Mart’s policy barring workers from …

CopperPoint in Arizona Names Schmittlein President and CEO

Phoenix, Ariz.-based CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co. has named Marc E. Schmittlein president and chief executive officer. Schmittlein will join the company effective June 1. He will replace President and CEO Donald A. Smith, Jr. who previously announced his plans to …

McCaffrey Named Chief Financial Officer of CSAA in California

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based CSAA Insurance Group has named J. Paul McCaffrey Jr. its chief financial officer. McCaffrey has more than 25 years of experience. Most recently he was executive vice president, CFO and treasurer at Grange Insurance. McCaffrey was a …

Woodruff-Sawyer Oregon Office Undergoes Leadership Transition

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. on Monday announced leadership changes in its Portland, Ore. office. Mike Bennison will transition his office leadership role to Brett Bauer and Kathy Prosser, who together will co-lead the office. Bauer is a founding member of the …

After Pay by Gender, Is Pay by Race Next for California Protects?

Just as California businesses begin to implement a law requiring equal pay for workers regardless of their gender, already the toughest of its kind in the nation, a state lawmaker is seeking to expand it to protect employees from racial …

BMW Wants on Uber Train with Car-sharing in Washington

Germany’s BMW has launched a car-sharing service in Seattle, Wash. where it will offer customers the use of 370 BMW and Mini vehicles, before expanding to other cities in the United States. Established carmakers worldwide are looking for ways to …

Schwarzenegger, Hartwig to Headline May Southern California Symposium

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will headline an event next month at a Southern California university to benefit insurance students. Schwarzenegger will be joined by Robert Hartwig, an economist and president of the Insurance Information Institute, who could be making …

California Adjuster, Family and Friends Embezzled $250k from Insurer, CDI Says

Elizabeth Louise Brown, 48, of Canyon Country, a former claims adjuster with Explorer Insurance, was arrested this week and charged with multiple felonies, including insurance fraud and conspiracy for allegedly embezzling more than $276,000 from her employer. Another eight people …

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