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Arch Insurance Group Names Parsons Vice President in California

Arch Insurance Group Inc. has named Matthew Parsons the regional vice president for its U.S. Construction division for the Western region. Parsons will be based in the company’s San Francisco, Calif. office and will be responsible for managing all aspects …

California Court Orders Hot Yoga Guru to Cough up Income to Pay For Suit

The founder of Bikram yoga has been ordered to turn over the proceeds from his global fitness business to go toward a $6.8 million judgment his former legal adviser won against him last year in a sexual harassment and wrongful …

AIA Names Merz Vice President of the Western Region

The American Insurance Association has named Jeremy Merz vice president of state affairs for Western region. The appointment is effective Jan. 9. Merz was most recently a lobbyist for the California Chamber of Commerce. He was an associate with Downey …

Report on California Workers’ Comp Shows Sharp Increase in ALAE Costs

Allocated loss adjustment expense costs have increased sharply over the last several years despite implementation of many of the components of a workers’ compensation reform law intended to reduce total loss adjustment expense levels, a report out today from the …

Utah Could Have Strictest DUI Limit in U.S. Under This Proposal

A state lawmaker wants to make Utah’s DUI threshold the strictest in the nation by lowering the blood-alcohol content limit to 0.05 percent. Though state numbers show alcohol-related driving deaths and DUI arrests are down in Utah, Rep. Norman Thurston …

Founders Closing Central California Arthouse after Fire Inspection

Founders of a popular artists’ collective operating in a Fresno, Calif. warehouse say they’re closing following an Oakland fire in December that killed dozens. Adam Mena, a co-founder of the space called Arthouse, tells the Fresno Bee that they’ll out …

Sedgwick LLP Names Holmes Managing Partner in Los Angeles

Sedgwick LLP has named James Holmes an office managing partner in Los Angeles. Holmes is an experienced trial attorney and litigator, representing major media and entertainment entities, as well as major insurance carriers insuring those companies. He defends clients in …

New Partners Named at Woodruff-Sawyer in Western Region

San Francisco, Calif.-based Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named 10 new partners to the firm. The partners represent various product lines, from property/casualty to management liability to employee benefits, and are located at the firm’s San Francisco, Southern California, Northwest and …

Heffernan Names Matlock Assistant Vice President in California

Heffernan Insurance Brokers has named Paul Matlock assistant vice president in its commercial lines department of the Petaluma, Calif. office. Matlock has more than 10 years of sales experience in technology and finance. He was most recently with Coding Pixel …

JLT Specialty Names Cohen Senior Vice President in California

JLT Specialty USA has named Paul Cohen as senior vice president. Cohen will work out of Orange County, Calif. with JLT’s global fine art and jewelry and practice with a focus on clients in the U.S. Cohen has more than …

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