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Burnham Benefits in Southern California Taps Felish as Tech Specialist

Irvine, Calif.-based Burnham Benefits Insurance Services Inc. has named Meagan Felish a technology specialist. Felish has experience in online enrollment systems. Felish previously worked at Beal Benefits in Scottsdale, Ariz. Burnham is a privately held employee benefits consulting and brokerage …

Poll Puts Another Dent in The Belief that Millennials Don’t Want to Drive

Another dent has emerged in the pervasive notion that millennials do not want cars. A survey commissioned by San Francisco, Calif.-based NerdWallet and released today shows that the majority of millennials polled who own a car do not regret their most recent …

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Athletes against University of Oregon

A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by three former University of Oregon basketball players who were suspended after being accused of an off-campus sexual assault. The Register Guard reported that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane sided with UO and …

Uber Debuts Its Food Delivery Service in Sin City

Uber drivers are now take-out delivery drivers too in Las Vegas, Nev. The ridesharing company has launched its UberEATS food delivery service in the Las Vegas area. Users can now use the app to order food from local restaurants at …

Confie Acquires CityWide in Las Vegas

Confie has acquired CityWide Insurance in Las Vegas, Nev. CityWide specializes in auto, home, life and health insurance services. Confie has completed 14 acquisitions so far in 2016. Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Confie is a national insurance distribution company primarily focused …

Judge Orders AG to Hand Over Emails in Washington Landslide Liability Case

A judge this week ordered the Washington Attorney General’s Office to give him internal emails that might help explain when state lawyers handling a case about liability for the devastating Oso landslide realized that their expert witnesses were improperly deleting emails. …

Southern California School Reopens After 2-Year Asbestos Closure

The last of three Southern California schools closed two years ago after asbestos was found has reopened following a complete overhaul. The Orange County Register reported Lake View Elementary opened its doors Wednesday to more than 320 students as a fully …

Alliant Acquires Farmin, Rothrock & Parrott in Washington

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Spokane, Wash.-based Farmin, Rothrock & Parrott. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This marks Alliant’s fifth acquisition in the Northwest since 2014. John Richardson, president of FRP, along with the management team and staff, …

Hacker Used Employee Credentials to Breach University of Alaska Data

University of Alaska officials say someone used an employee’s credentials to hack into a network drive that contained private information like Social Security numbers of more than 5,400 students at the Mat-Su campus. Officials said in a release that there …

AIA Backs California Bill Changing Workers’ Comp Filing Requirements

The American Insurance Association is asking California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign into law a bill that would exempt large employers from waiting for insurance commissioner approval of ancillary agreements that are part of high-deductible workers’ compensation policies. Assembly Bill …

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