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Panel Hands Small Victory to California Utilities in Nuke Plant Suit

An arbitration panel has awarded California utilities $125 million in a lawsuit claiming that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries supplied faulty steam generators that helped lead to the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant. But the award announced Monday night was …

Hub Names Ryan Employee Benefits Market Leader in Northern California

Hub California has named John Martin Ryan employee benefits market leader for Northern California. Ryan is responsible for managing and overseeing Northern California employee benefit producers, recruiting employee benefits producers and leading client servicing teams. He will be based in …

Demolition on Washington’s Hanford Plutonium Plant Resumes

Demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has resumed after radioactive contamination was detected in a rubble pile. The work restarted this week at the Plutonium Reclamation Facility after being halted in late …

Dam at Oregon Lake Being Retrofitted to Withstand Earthquake

The leaky dam at Hyatt Lake in Oregon is being shored up this summer as part of a $3.7 million seismic retrofit. The Mail Tribune reported the project will bring the dam east of Ashland into safety compliance after a …

Google’s Autonomous Car Company Escalates Legal Battle With Uber

A self-driving car company founded by Google is presenting new evidence to support allegations that a former manager stole technology sold to Uber to help the ridesharing service build its own robot-powered vehicles. Waymo, a project hatched by Google eight …

Report: High Volume, Low Costs For Comp Claims in Northernmost California

California’s northern most counties accounted for 1.1 percent of the state’s workforce but 3.3 percent of the job injury claims, according to a report from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. CWCI’s regional score card provides data on claims filed by …

Alliant Acquires Burkhardt Consulting in Idaho

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based Burkhardt Consulting LLC. Burkhardt joins Alliant’s employee benefits group, with the firm continuing to service clients from its Coeur d’Alene office. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Burkhardt Consulting provides …

Wyoming to Protect Homeowners from Storm-Chasing Contractors

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead made his the 28th state to enact legislation designed to protect homeowners who have suffered damage as a result of a hailstorm from being victimized a second time by storm-chasing contractors. The move was applauded by …

Uber Settlement to Give California Drivers $1 Each Does Not Win Over Judge

Uber Technologies Inc. failed to persuade a judge to approve a settlement offering 1.6 million California drivers an average of $1.08 each to dispense with alleged labor-code violations that their lawyer earlier claimed might have been worth billions of dollars. …

Big Snow Could Mean Big Flooding along Major Wyoming Rivers

The heavy snowfall so far this winter in parts of central and western Wyoming has forecasters looking at potential spring flooding in some major watersheds that haven’t seen it in decades. National Weather Service hydrologist Jim Fahey in Riverton says …

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