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Other Calderon Pleads Guilty to Bribery as Part of Workers’ Comp Scheme

The United States Attorney for the Central District announced on Monday that former California State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge. Calderon admitted in a plea agreement filed on Monday that he …

Oregon Homeonwers of Lot with Falling Tree Sued by Husband of Dead Woman

The husband of a Portland, Ore. woman killed when a tree slammed into their house has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the home next door. The lawsuit states that Dennis Elleson feared the Douglas fir would …

Nevada Chosen as Test Site for Passenger-Carrying Drones

A company that manufactures passenger-carrying drones will be testing its system in Nevada. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that EHang Inc., which is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, is partnering with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to test and develop …

Cher Sues Financial Firm in California for $800k in Losses

Cher has sued a financial management partnership she claims defrauded her out of more than $800,000 in investments that went belly-up. The suit was filed this weekin Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Veritas Trust, of which the …

Integro Taps Quintana to Lead San Francisco Operations

Integro Insurance Brokers has hired Karen Quintana in California as San Francisco operations leader. Quintana will oversee the delivery of client service, market relations and Integro’s expansion in the San Francisco, and Portland, Ore. offices. She succeeds Michael Korn, who was …

What Do You Get When You Combine Drones and Self-Driving Cars?

That’s one small step for drones, and no steps needed for mankind. Autonomous drone transport for humans. Why not? We’re eventually getting autonomous cars so you don’t have to do the driving, and drones are all the rage – although …

California State Fund Files for Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease

The State Compensation Insurance Fund is seeking to cut its workers’ compensation rates, per a recent filing with the California Department of Insurance. The rate filing also includes an overall 9.5 percent rate reduction due to improvements in State Fund’s …

Washington-based Zillow to Settle Trade Secret Suit by Move Inc. for $130M

Seattle, Wash.-based real-estate information website Zillow is paying $130 million to settle a lawsuit brought by rival Move Inc. The Seattle Times reported that the settlement was disclosed in securities filings earlier this week, ending more than two years of …

Traffic Deaths Down in Hawaii Since 2012 DUI Towing Law Enacted

Hawaii Island has seen a decrease in traffic fatalities since the implementation of a county ordinance that permits the towing of vehicles driven by those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported there were 38 …

Ratings Downgrades for Members of California-based CSAA: A.M. Best

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A+ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings to “a+” from “aa-” of the members of Walnut Creek, Calif.-based CSAA Insurance Group. CSAA is an American Automobile Association Inc. …

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