Insurance Journal » California http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 California Sues Glass Company Over Hazardous Waste in Wine Bottles http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/04/359329.htm Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:11:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359329 California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control says it is suing a glass company for violating recycling laws after it added hazardous waste dust to wine bottles made at its Modesto plant. The department said Monday Gallo Glass Co. failed to …

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Small Fire Erupts by Disneyland Attraction in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/03/02/358987.htm Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:38:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358987 Officials say a small fire erupted over the weekend near a Disneyland attraction, but it was put out by park firefighters and no one was hurt. Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown says the fire broke out about 9:20 p.m. on Saturday in …

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Californians Favor Mandatory Rationing to Battle Drought, Poll Shows http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/27/358847.htm Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:45:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358847 Nearly every Californian sees the drought as a big problem and more now say they favor mandatory rationing, according to a survey released Thursday. The Field Poll found 94 percent of registered California voters consider the shortage serious, and 68 …

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Lawsuit Filed in California Against Scope Maker in Superbug Infection http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/27/358845.htm Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:41:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358845 A patient has sued the maker of a medical scope linked to the outbreak of a superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Attorney Pete Kaufman filed suit this week on behalf of 18-year-old Aaron Young, who remains hospitalized after …

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Suit Filed in California Against Purina Claims Food Sickens, Kills Dogs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/26/358712.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:35:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358712 A dog owner has filed a lawsuit in California against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating the company’s dry dog food. Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit in federal …

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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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California District Sees 152 Students Leave after Asbestos Problems http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/20/358181.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:25:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358181 Records show an Orange County school district in California that closed three campuses because of asbestos problems has lost 152 students in the first half of the school year – and the loss could impact its funding. The Orange County …

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California “Superbug” Outbreak Prompts FDA Alert on Device http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/19/358111.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:49:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358111 The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a “superbug” outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday. The hospital system said seven patients were …

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New Drought Rules at Restaurants, Hotels Considered in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/19/358060.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:58:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358060 Officials are considering new water restrictions as California’s drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels. The State Water Resources Control Board floated the ideas at an informational …

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Arson Suspected in California School Fire With $1M in Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/18/357734.htm Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:34:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357734 Authorities say they suspect an arsonist set a Northern California middle school’s cafeteria on fire. KCBS-Radio reported that Oakland fire fighters found an opened door when they arrived to put out the early morning blaze at Claremont Middle School, leading …

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Confie Seguros Acquires Texas-Based Baja Auto Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/10/357057.htm Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:07:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357057 Confie Seguros, a national provider of personal lines insurance based in Huntington Beach, Calif., announced it has acquired Baja Auto Insurance, which provides auto insurance throughout Texas. Founded in 2006 with one store in Dallas, Baja has since grown organically …

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California Lawmaker Proposes Annual $52 Fee For Road Repairs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/06/356780.htm Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:27:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356780 Most California drivers would pay an extra $52 a year under a proposal to raise $2 billion a year to fix the state’s crumbling roads, bridges and highways. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ proposal released Wednesday didn’t spell out how the …

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Former California Agent Pleads Guilty in $6M Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/02/03/356276.htm Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:43:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356276 An Upland, Calif. man has pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud and tax charges in relation to a loan scam that reportedly netted him more than $5.9 million. Derek Richard Brewart, 53, a former licensed insurance agent and owner of …

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California Judge Questions Lyft’s Refusal to Pay Drivers as Employees http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/30/355997.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355997 Lyft Inc.’s practice of treating drivers as independent contractors was questioned by a federal judge who said that under California law they may be considered employees who would qualify for minimum wage and other benefits. A lawsuit by Lyft drivers …

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5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Northern California Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/30/355990.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:34:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355990 A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck off the coast of Northern California on Jan. 28. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake shook at 1:08 p.m. about 40 miles southwest of Eureka. Lt. Wayne Hanson of …

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Super Bowl Spells 77% Rise in Alcohol-Related Vehicle Crashes in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/28/355756.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:43:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355756 Super Bowl Sunday is among the most dangerous days to venture onto California roads as gatherings for the game at parties or restaurants prompt drivers to consume alcohol. More drinking-related crashes happen in California on the day of the National …

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Chevron: Report Wrong About California Refinery’s Safety Culture http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/27/355624.htm Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:55:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355624 Chevron says it agrees with several findings in a federal report about a 2012 fire at one of its refineries in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. But it adds the report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board inaccurately depicts the safety …

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California Suit Against Boy Scouts Could Reveal Sex Abuse Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/27/355543.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:14:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355543 A sex abuse case claiming negligence against the Boy Scouts is getting underway in California and will include the use of previously undisclosed information from “perversion” files kept by the organization. The lawsuit was filed by a man who is …

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Ex-Partner Defeats California’s Firm’s Bid for Personnel Records http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/23/355064.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:09:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355064 Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, facing gender-bias claims by ex-partner Ellen Pao, may not get access to her performance reviews, complaints about her and other personnel records it sought from her other employers in a case that has focused attention …

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Immigrants’ Prior Licenses to be Checked by California DMV http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/15/354158.htm Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:33:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354158 Immigrants in the country illegally who fraudulently obtained a California driver’s license before it was legal won’t get a new card until state authorities review their driving record. The Department of Motor Vehicles this month started issuing special licenses to …

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California Surplus Lines up Considerably in 2014, Report Shows http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/14/354104.htm Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:49:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354104 Premiums for California wholesalers rose considerably in 2014 from a year earlier, showing that segment of the industry outperformed the rest of the state’s economy, according to a report from the Surplus Lines Association of California. For 2014 there was …

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2014 was Record Year for Idaho Farmers, Ranchers: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/12/353774.htm Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:20:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353774 A new University of Idaho report says 2014 was another record year for Idaho farmers and ranchers. Researchers say sales of milk, livestock and crops reached nearly $10 billion, the fourth year in a row that cash receipts set records. …

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IICF Targets $250K to California and Colorado Charities http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/08/353528.htm Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:57:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353528 The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation is awarding $254,000 in grants to 29 local nonprofits in California and Colorado for the kickoff of 2015. The causes supported include child abuse prevention, disaster preparedness, education and health and human services. The 2015 …

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Earthquake Strikes off Coast of Northern California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/02/351558.htm Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:35:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351558 The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 5.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern California. The USGS says the quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, about 70 miles west of Ferndale, California, and struck about 4:16 a.m. PST …

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Immigrants Get Warning On California Driver’s Licenses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/30/351343.htm Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:37:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351343 While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally are preparing to apply for a long-sought driver’s license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice. Immigrant advocates say the vast majority should …

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed in California Amid Listeria Outbreak http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/24/351106.htm Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:15:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351106 The family of a California woman whose death was linked to prepackaged caramel apples sued the Safeway grocery chain for selling her the product. The lawsuit filed on Monday in Santa Cruz County Superior Court alleges that Shirlee Jean Frey, …

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Paralyzed California Teen’s Pop Warner Suit Can Continue, Judge Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/19/350695.htm Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350695 A Los Angeles judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit by a teenager who was paralyzed while making a tackle during a Pop Warner football game. City News Service says the judge on Wednesday rejected a motion to dismiss …

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Vehicle Theft in California Down 48 Percent From Peak, Report Shows http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/16/350251.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:10:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350251 The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released a historic look at vehicle theft in California that shows thefts dropped from a peak year in 1992 more than a 48 percent to 2013. California has the distinction of being the only …

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Suit Over California Patient’s Death Ends in $3M Settlement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/15/350088.htm Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:24:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350088 The family of a California patient who went missing for more than two weeks before being found dead in a stairwell at a San Francisco hospital has settled a lawsuit for $3 million. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that …

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Uber Latest Legal Woe is California Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/11/349773.htm Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:28:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349773 California prosecutors sued Uber over the ride-booking company’s driver background checks and other allegations, adding to the popular startup’s legal woes in the U.S. and around the world. The lawsuits filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court are the latest …

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