California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones News

California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies

Transportation Network Companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should bear the insurance burden when they encourage drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a profit, according to recommendations made Wednesday from California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones’ …

California Commissioner: TNCs Responsible for Insurance

Updated story:  California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies Transportation Network Companies like such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should bear the insurance burden when they encourage non-professional drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a …

TNCs, Insurers Square off at California Hearing

Update: California Commissioner Dave Jones made his initial recommendations on insurance issues and transportation network companies. Update: Excess and surplus carrier James River Insurance Co. said it’s not leaving the business despite reports from some TNCs at a public hearing last week …

Southern California Lawyer Convicted Of Using Cappers

Walter Martinez, 60, of Alta Loma, Calif. pled guilty to 43 felony counts of using cappers – recruiters paid from victims’ insurance settlement – to get clients for his practice. Martinez evidently his scheme with at least three cappers. “The …

California Insurers Group: Jones Was Correct on WC Pure Premium

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones was correct to recognize the increasing costs in the state’s workers compensation system when he made his pure premium advisory rate recommendation on Friday, says the Association of California Insurance Companies. Jones’ recommendation was for …

California Commissioner Favors Lower WC Premium Than Board

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones adopted an advisory average pure premium rate of $2.70 per $100 of employer payroll for workers’ compensation rates effective Jan. 1, 2014, which is lower than that proposed by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. …

Safeco in California to Pay Out $3M For Using Credit Scores

Safeco Insurance Co. has agreed to pay a $900,000 fine and reform its approval process for homeowners and auto insurance coverage, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Friday. Safeco was fined for the unapproved use of credit scores to deny …

California Lodge Owner Convicted Of Insurance Premium Fraud

Brookdale Lodge owner Sanjiv Kakkar, 52, was sentenced to 364 days in jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest for two felony counts including insurance premium fraud and failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. Kakkar paid restitution …

$32M In California To Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones awarded $32 million in grants to district attorneys across 36 counties in the state to combat workers’ compensation fraud. The grants, funded through employer assessments, support law enforcement efforts in investigating and prosecuting workers’ compensation …

California Commissioner Names New Deputy Commissioner Of Enforcement

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones named Eric Weirich deputy commissioner of the enforcement branch of the California Department of Insurance. Weirich began with CDI as a detective with the fraud division in 1998. He has held a range of posts, …