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Los Angeles Hospital to Pay $450K in Patient Dumping Settlement

A hospital will pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit contending it dumped a homeless woman with schizophrenia on Skid Row in Los Angeles. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the settlement this week, more than a year after his office sued …

Idaho College Agrees to Settle VP’s $650K Lawsuit

The College of Southern Idaho has agreed to pay a former vice president $650,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit. The Times-News reported in a story on Tuesday that the settlement with Edit Szanto was made through the college’s insurer, the …

Leavitt Group Buys Majority in Murray and Murray in California

The Leavitt Group has purchased a majority stake in Murray and Murray Insurance Agency in Central California. Dan Lillard, a key team member of Murray and Murray, will become a co-owner and managing principal of the agency. Michael Murray, Patrick …

Teen Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise in Utah

More Utah teens have died in car crashes during the first nine months of this year than in all of 2015, according to new state data. A total of 26 teenagers have died on Utah roads so far in 2016, …

1.8 Million Western U.S. Homes at Extreme or High Wildfire Risk, Report Shows

Things haven’t gone as bad as they could have so far in 2016 coming off last year’s record-setting wildfire season in the Western U.S., according to a report out today detailing wildfire risks to properties in the Western U.S. The author of …

Study: Los Angeles Has Highest Workers’ Comp Claim Costs in California

The Los Angeles area continues to be a drag on California’s overall workers’ compensation costs, according to a study out today from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB’s study on regional differences in California workers’ comp claim costs and …

Liberty Mutual Issues Statement Following Shooting at Oregon Office

Liberty Mutual issued a statement today addressing a Portland, Ore. shooting over the weekend reportedly involving co-workers at the insurance company who knew each other. Portland police are investigating whether a homicide at an office building is connected to a …

New Mexico Workers’ Comp Costs May Drop in 2017

New Mexico employers could see a decrease in their insurance costs for on-the-job injuries and deaths. The state Office of Superintendent of Insurance says a key factor in calculating individual employers’ workers’ compensation costs will drop by an average of …

Heffernan in California Names Kamm to Board

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Heffernan Insurance Brokers has named Barbara Kamm to its board of directors. Kamm is the former president and CEO of Technology Credit Union. Kamm has also served on the boards of Technology Credit Union, Tech Capital LLC, …

Golden Bear in California Upgraded to A.M. Best A- VII Rating

Stockton, Calif.-based Golden Bear Insurance Co. announced that its A.M. Best issuer credit rating has been upgraded from “A- VI” to “A- VII” (Excellent). “Our rating reaffirms the deep level of experience among the Golden Bear team in underwriting property …

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