California Department of Insurance News

California Commissioner Issues Auto Collision Repair Regulations

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued new Auto Collision Repair Labor Rate Survey Regulations that he said will increase consumer protections when a damaged vehicle is repaired. The California Department of Insurance over the last several years has worked on …

Felony Charges for California Pair in $250K Classic Car Theft Claim

Two people from California were arrested on a scheme allegedly involving the reported theft of an expensive classic car. Constantine Petros, 54, of Petaluma, was arrested on Oct. 19 in Sonoma County. Also arrested was Christopher Hatton, 60, of Tahoma, …

Sober-living Home Operators in California Charged in $176M Fraud Scheme

Former operators of a Southern California sober-living operation have been charged with fraud for allegedly keeping hundreds of people in what the state insurance commissioner calls a “never-ending cycle of treatment, addiction and fraud.” The Insurance Department announced the arrests …

Could More State Commissioners Require Climate Disclosure?

Max Messervy took a decidedly positive tack when pried again and again to reveal any negative reaction to a report he puts together every so often. Messervy, the insurance program manager at sustainability leadership advocate Ceres, is one of the …

California Commissioner Issues Decision on Workers’ Comp Regulatory Filing

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a decision regarding the Workers’ Compensation Rating Bureau’s Jan. 1, 2017 regulatory filing submitted to the California Department of Insurance in June. Jones approved all the changes to the Standard Classification System proposed by …

Former L.A. Broker Convicted of Stealing Insurance Premiums

Martin McCloskey, 69, of Piñon Hills, Calif., pleaded guilty this week to three felony counts of grand theft and theft of fiduciary funds after defrauding his customers by failing to remit to insurance companies more than $58,000 in premiums he …

California’s Jones Appoints Allen Deputy Commissioner for Rate Regulation

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has appointed Ken Allen as deputy commissioner of the rate regulation branch for the California Department of Insurance. Allen will fill the vacancy left by Joel Laucher, who was appointed chief deputy insurance commissioner in …

California Insurance Agent Nabbed for Fraud Scheme Involving 100-plus Policies

Vicki Lee McGinley, 58, a licensed insurance agent in California, was arrested by the Kern County Sheriff’s department on seven counts of identity theft and seven counts of insurance fraud after allegedly misrepresenting policy and premium information to clients resulting …

California Commissioner Approves Rate Reductions on State Farm Commercial Policies

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved rate reductions for several State Farm commercial policies that he said will bring millions of dollars in premium savings for tens of thousands of small businesses, farm owners, apartment owners, and condo associations …

California Administrative Law Judge Orders State Farm to Refund $85M

An administrative law judge at the California Department of Insurance found that State Farm overcharged customers $85 million and ordered the carrier to issue refunds and reduce rates. The judge determined that since July 15, 2015, State Farm’s premiums for …