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Palomar Specialty Expands Residential Earthquake Product to Oregon, Washington

Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., in partnership with Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, Inc. and TriCoast Insurance Services, LLC, has expanded its Value Select Residential Earthquake Insurance Program into Oregon and Washington. The program was introduced in California in early 2015. Value …

Colorado Marijuana Businesses Sued After Fatal Shooting

The family of three boys filed a lawsuit against two recreational marijuana businesses after a shooting that left their mother dead and their father charged with murder. The lawsuit claims companies that made a type of marijuana-infused candy and sold …

Large Staged Collision Insurance Fraud Ring in California Busted

Detectives from the California Department of Insurance arrested more than two dozen people on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly staging auto collisions to scam more than four insurance companies out of tens of thousands of dollars. The …

Lyft Raises Offer to Drivers to $27M in Contractors V. Employees Suit

Lyft Inc. raised its proposed payout to 163,000 California drivers to $27 million in their lawsuit to be treated as employees rather than contractors. The revised settlement comes after a San Francisco federal judge rejected an earlier $12.5 million offer, saying …

California Regulators Reopening Settlement over San Onofre Nuke Plant

California regulators said this week they will re-examine a settlement that made consumers responsible for covering some $3.3 billion in costs for closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The Public Utilities Commission said parties involved in the case can submit …

Nevada Doctor Sued by Parents of Painkiller Overdose Victim

The Reno, Nev. doctor at the center of a federal investigation into an illegal prescription drug ring is being accused by the parents of an overdose victim of ignoring their warnings and continuing to increase the strength of their son’s …

Starr Companies Names Coleman Western Region Vice President

Starr Cos. has named Andrea Coleman regional vice president for the Western region. Coleman will be located in Starr’s San Francisco office, where she will be responsible for the field leadership in the Western region. She reports to Robert Cruz, …

Leavitt Group in Utah Names Pareti Director of Voluntary Benefits Enrollment

Leavitt Group in Utah has named Kelly Pareti director of voluntary benefits enrollment. Pareti will be working with employee benefits agencies to provide enrollment and voluntary benefits solutions to clients. Pareti worked for a national insurance company as a regional …

Weaver Wins BIG Conference Hall of Fame Award

Brian Weaver, senior vice president of sales for Aegis Specialty, was given the Brokers Insurance Group Hall of Fame award on Saturday at the Riverside Convention Center in California. BIG is an association that works with the independent broker/producers in …

M3.6 Quake Jolts Northern Nevada Desert

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck in a remote part of the northern Nevada desert, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The U.S.G.S. says the quake hit at 1:53 a.m. Sunday about 14 miles northeast of Gerlach (GEHR-lack). That’s about 182 miles …

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