Insurance Journal » Arizona http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:21:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Suit in Deaths Of 19 Firefighters Settled by Families, Arizona http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/01/373677.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373677 The state of Arizona has settled a lawsuit brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell. The settlement announced by state Attorney General …

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Motor-Vehicle Crash Deaths in Arizona Fell in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/03/370390.htm Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:28:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370390 The Arizona Department of Transportation reported that deaths of Arizona residents in motor-vehicle crashes dropped by nearly 9 percent in 2014. The department collected data on law enforcement reports to find that 774 people died in motor-vehicle accidents last year …

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Arizona Court Ruling on Marijuana DUI Issue Isn’t Retroactive http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/02/370263.htm Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:36:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370263 An Arizona court has ruled that a previous decision on driving under the influence of drugs doesn’t apply retroactively. A 2014 state Supreme Court decision said authorities can’t prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the …

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California Sandwich Maker Recalls 213,000 Pounds of Meat http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/27/369540.htm Wed, 27 May 2015 15:53:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369540 Fast-food restaurant Lee’s Sandwiches has recalled 213,000 pounds of meat because it bore unauthorized United States Department of Agriculture marks of inspection, despite having not been inspected properly. The Orange County Register reported that chicken, beef and pork products were …

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Arizona Wildfire Season Delayed by Cool, Wet Weather http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/22/369146.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 15:59:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369146 An unusually cool and wet May is delaying the start of the wildfire season around northern Arizona. Weather conditions at this time last year were hot and windy, frustrating firefighters battling what became a 33-square-mile blaze in Oak Creek Canyon, …

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Arizona Court Rules School District Has Immunity From Negligence Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/15/368359.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 16:01:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368359 An Arizona appellate court has ruled that Tucson Unified School District has legal immunity from a lawsuit accusing it of negligently hiring a teaching assistant later convicted of attempting to secretly record a special-needs student. The Court of Appeals ruled that the …

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Driver Arrested Going 131 Mph on Arizona Freeway http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/07/367188.htm Thu, 07 May 2015 15:37:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367188 Authorities say a man has been arrested for allegedly driving his sports car more than 131 mph on a Phoenix, Ariz. freeway. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say 22-year-old Alejandro Barraza was taken into custody during a weekend law …

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Small Quake Shakes Arizona, USGS Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/06/367088.htm Wed, 06 May 2015 15:54:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367088 A small earthquake occurred in northern Arizona overnight. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 3.2 magnitude quake occurred about five miles north of Sedona about 2 a.m. Tuesday. There was no immediate report of damage. Quakes of that magnitude …

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Cold Snap Prompts Grape Decline Fear From Arizona Wineries http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/05/366882.htm Tue, 05 May 2015 15:36:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366882 Freezing temperatures may put a chill on this season’s grape harvest for several southern Arizona wineries. At least four wineries in the Elgin area anticipate significant losses thanks to freezing temperatures last month, according to their owners. “Heat’s not the …

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2 Lawsuits Over 2013 Arizona Wildfire Dismissed by Judge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/01/366579.htm Fri, 01 May 2015 15:36:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366579 Two lawsuits filed against Arizona by homeowners whose properties were destroyed by the Yarnell Hill Fire have been dismissed. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge agreed Wednesday with the state’s argument that it didn’t have a duty to protect the …

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Bill Cutting Taxes For Insurance Companies Signed by Arizona Governor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/09/363827.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:48:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363827 Arizona is set to reduce taxes for insurance companies under a new bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law. The tax cut is expected to mean the loss of more than $44 million to state’s general fund over the next …

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Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Ticket Quotas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/04/01/362940.htm Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:21:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362940 Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill that would have banned law enforcement agencies from establishing traffic ticket quotas for their officers. Ducey says he vetoed House Bill 2410 Monday because it might have hindered chiefs’ ability to affectively …

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New Rules For Ridesharing Firms OKd by Arizona House http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/13/360479.htm Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:16:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360479 The Arizona House has approved an overhaul of regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Republican Rep. Karen Fann unveiled details of a deal she’s negotiated between taxi firms, ride-hailing companies and insurers on Wednesday. The House then voted …

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Attorneys Want More Time to Resolve Case in Arizona Firefighter Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/12/360289.htm Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:19:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360289 Attorneys in a lawsuit stemming from the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona say they need more time to try to negotiate a settlement with the state. They asked a federal judge Monday to put the case on hold for …

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Arizona Court Says No Blanket Right to Travel for Injured Worker Care http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/02/358989.htm Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:42:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358989 A court ruling says Arizona workers being treated for on-the-job injuries aren’t entitled to travel expenses if they haven’t shown they cannot get necessary care locally. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last week in the workers’ compensation case of a …

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Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/26/358657.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358657 In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

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Whole Foods Recalls Cookie Platters Sold In 4 Western States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/08/353447.htm Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:17:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353447 Whole Foods Market has voluntarily recalled several sizes of assorted cookie platters due to undeclared nut allergens. The company said Tuesday that one illness has been reported. The platters sold at stores in Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii and Nevada have …

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Arizona City To Use Digital Speed Limit Signs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/22/350829.htm Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:36:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350829 The city of Scottsdale, Ariz. is installing digital speed limit signs that will be able to change limits as needed. KSAZ-TV reported that Scottsdale officials plan to implement four adjustable signs later this month. City Transportation Director Paul Basha says the …

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Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/18/350630.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350630 Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

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Arizona Hit by Moderate Earthquake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/02/348701.htm Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:52:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348701 A moderate earthquake that struck near Sedona, Ariz. was widely felt in the area. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.7 temblor struck shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday and was centered seven miles north of Sedona and six miles underground. …

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Rideshare Companies Risk Defying Arizona Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/01/348560.htm Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:50:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348560 Ridesharing companies such as Uber are riding high in Arizona at the risk of defying state law, the Arizona Capitol Times reported. Companies such as Uber and Lyft have only revved up operations since Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation that …

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Arizona Sheriff Sues Building Owners Over Shoulder Injury http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/10/346392.htm Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:59:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346392 Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sued the owners of a downtown Phoenix, Ariz. office building over a broken shoulder he suffered when he fell crossing a street. Arpaio is seeking unspecified damages for his February 2013 injury and has …

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CIG Names Houghton as Regional Field Executive for Southwest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/13/343386.htm Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:32:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343386 Capital Insurance Group has named Mark Houghton as the regional field executive for the Southwest region. Houghton, the former regional manager of CIG’s Anaheim, Calif. territory, will oversee field operations and business relations for CIG’s newest regional territory comprised of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Houghton has …

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SBA Loans Available to Arizona Residents Hurt By Flooding http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/07/342890.htm Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:44:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342890 Arizona business owners and residents affected by flooding earlier this month can apply for federal loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday that low-interest disaster loans are available for Arizonans who sustained extensive damage from monsoon storms that hit …

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Crestbrook Insurance Expands into Oregon, Washington http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/22/338428.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:40:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338428 Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier, is expanding into Oregon and Washington. Independent insurance agents and brokers appointed with Crestbrook in both states are now able to offer the property/casualty carrier’s products and services to …

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California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/22/338418.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:32:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338418 La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

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Southwest Insurance Agents Names Call, Gordon Regional VPs in Arizona http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/18/337908.htm Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:42:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337908 Southwest Insurance Agents Alliance has expanded its team with the addition of Nate Call and William R. Gordon as regional vice presidents for Arizona. Both Call and Gordon will be responsible for membership service, development, and insurance company relations for …

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Court Ruling States Arizona Can’t Deny Immigrants Driver’s Licenses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/08/334022.htm Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:03:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334022 Arizona’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to people who came to the U.S. illegally as children was blocked by a federal appeals court in San Francisco, which said the measure is probably unconstitutional. The policy most likely violates equal protection …

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Health Net Garners Most Arizona Consumer Complaints http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/07/333934.htm Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:52:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333934 California-based Health Net sold the lowest-cost insurance plans to Arizona residents under the Affordable Care Act, but the insurer has also netted the most complaints. The Arizona Republic reports Health Net has been named in 89 of the 110 complaints …

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All Risks Taps Julien as California Workers’ Comp Underwriter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/30/333338.htm Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:58:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333338 Danielle Julien has been hired by wholesaler All Risks Ltd. as a workers’ compensation brokerage underwriter located in San Diego, Calif. Julien will write workers’ compensation business with retail agents in California, Arizona and Nevada. Julien has eight years of …

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