Insurance Journal » California http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:07:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Plagued by Drought, California Prepares For El Niño Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/27/379858.htm Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:00:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379858 While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Niño event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super …

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$198M in Property at High Risk from Chelan Wildfire in Washington http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/26/379800.htm Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:47:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379800 The massive Chelan wildfire in Washington poses a significant risk to roughly 634 homes with a total reconstruction cost of more than $198 million, an analysis of the ongoing fire issued Wednesday shows. The analysis by property information and data …

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2 Southern California Schools Closed over Asbestos Will Reopen http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/26/379728.htm Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:31:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379728 Two of three Orange County, Calif. schools closed last year after asbestos was found will reopen for classes at the start of the new school year. The Los Angeles Times reported that Hope View and Oak View elementary schools in …

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City Council Makes L.A. Largest U.S. City with Ridesharing at Airport http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/26/379717.htm Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:22:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379717 Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. will be able to pick up and drop off passengers at Los Angeles International Airport within weeks, after the City Council made it the largest U.S. city to permit the companies at its airport. …

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Fire Burning Near California Ski Resort Threatens Homes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/25/379550.htm Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:19:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379550 Hundreds of mountain homes remained threatened on Monday as crews increased containment of a wildfire burning through timber near a popular Southern California ski resort. Water cannons usually used for making snow were pointed at the fire burning near Snow …

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Uber Deploys Lobbyists to Reshape Driver Rules in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/24/379460.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:42:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379460 Uber has spent more on lobbyists in California than Facebook and Apple combined to fend off regulations aimed at the heart of its worldwide business model. The San Francisco company’s lobbyists are pushing lawmakers to exempt its drivers from obtaining …

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Small Quake Strikes Near Mammoth Lakes in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/24/379413.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:45:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379413 A minor earthquake has hit a rural area near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., but authorities say there have been no reports of damage. The United States Geological Survey reported Saturday that the preliminary magnitude 3.7 earthquake occurred about 7 a.m. Saturday, …

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Federal Government Suing Southern California Edison over 2009 Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/24/379411.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:43:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379411 Just days before the federal statute of limitations would have run out, the government has filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison in connection to a 2009 fire that primarily burned the San Bernardino National Forest east of Hemet. The …

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Study: Ventura, Oxnard in California Could be at Greater Tsunami Risk http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/24/379406.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:38:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379406 A study says two California coastal cities are at greater risk from tsunamis than previously thought. The study released last week by the American Geophysical Union examined the flooding risk if earthquake faults in the Santa Barbara Channel area ruptured. Coastal …

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Builders & Tradesmen’s Insurance to Offer Free Fraud Protection in CA http://www.insurancejournal.com/services/newswire/2015/08/24/377852.htm Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:00:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377852 Rocklin, CA, August 24 2015-Builders & Tradesmen’s Insurance Services, Inc. (BTIS) will be offering Fraud Protection at no extra charge to purchasers of their Victory Admitted Contractor General Liability policy to all California-based contractors. The individual purchasing General Liability policy will …

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11,000 Firefighters on Front Lines in California Blazes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/21/379258.htm Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:14:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379258 A large blaze burning for nearly three weeks in a recreation area outside Kings Canyon National Park has scorched more than 50 square miles and the flames were moving toward a popular lake, officials said Thursday. More than 1,000 firefighters were …

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California Prosecutors Say Uber Screening Missed Ex-Convicts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/20/379123.htm Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:27:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379123 Uber Technologies Inc.’s criminal background checks for drivers failed to prevent it from hiring registered sex offenders, identity thieves, burglars, a kidnapper and a convicted murderer, California prosecutors said. The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles escalated their …

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Uber Headache if More Drivers Want Full-Time Status http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/08/19/379070.htm Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:35:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=379070 Thousands of new full-time workers would spring into existence if Uber is forced to stop treating some of its drivers like contract workers, and the benefits that come with that employee status may entice part-time rideshare drivers to beef up their …

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California Regulators Consider Investigation of PG&E Safety Culture http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/19/378999.htm Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:19:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378999 California utility regulators are considering an investigation into the safety culture and governance of PG&E Corp., citing persistent lapses in company oversight. If approved, the California Public Utilities Commission would investigate the “organizational culture, governance and operations” at PG&E to …

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Southern California Fires Burn Structures, Stop Oil Field Operations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/18/378870.htm Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:06:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378870 Crews working through the night stopped the spread of two Los Angeles County fires in Southern California that burned several structures, charred hundreds of acres of dry brush and led to the arson arrest of one person. A brush fire …

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Former California School District Admin to Get $300K Settlement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/18/378864.htm Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378864 A former deputy superintendent for the Twin Rivers Unified School District in Northern California will receive $300,000, settling a lawsuit she filed against district officials after she was fired in 2012. The Sacramento Bee reported the school district, its former …

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Small Earthquake Jolts Northern California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/18/378860.htm Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:50:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378860 A short sharp earthquake rattled California’s San Francisco Bay Area, but there are no reports of injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.0 magnitude quake struck Monday and was centered just north of Piedmont, near Berkeley. It was felt in …

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Tuna Company’s Ex-Safety Manager Guilty in California Worker Oven Death http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/14/378593.htm Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:32:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378593 A former safety manager at a Bumble Bee Foods seafood plant in California has pleaded guilty in the death of a worker who was cooked with tons of tuna. Saul Florez was sentenced to probation and fined $5,000 after pleading …

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California Mural’s Destruction Prompts Artist to Sue Business Owners http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/12/378312.htm Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:13:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378312 An Oakland, Calif. artist who painted a 98-foot-long mural depicting Lake Merritt on the side of an auto dealership nearly 30 years ago is suing the current and past operators of the building. The Oakland Tribune reported Dan Fontes is …

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Evacuations Ordered in Southern California Wildfire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/11/378097.htm Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:20:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378097 A wildfire in rural Riverside County, Calif. has surged to about 500 acres, forcing evacuations and leaving one person burned and three firefighters with minor injuries. The blaze off State Route 74 near Anza started as a motor home fire …

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California Wildfire That Erupted Near Massive Blaze Expands http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/11/378091.htm Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:56:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378091 A wildfire that erupted near a destructive blaze in Northern California’s rural, rocky hills expanded farther. The blaze had burned 9 square miles by Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. It broke out several miles …

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California Law Agencies Get $34.9M to Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/10/378012.htm Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:28:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=378012 Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has awarded $34.9 million in grants to 37 district attorney offices representing 42 counties in California to combat workers’ compensation insurance fraud. The grants are funded through employer assessments, and they support law enforcement efforts in …

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Court Decision May Impact Workers’ Comp Side Agreements in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/07/377908.htm Fri, 07 Aug 2015 19:35:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377908 A recent court decision may have the potential to change the practice of side agreements in workers’ compensation policies California, a practice that some say often goes on under the regulatory radar. Zurich American Insurance Co. and American Zurich Insurance …

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6 Sentenced in Large Cellphone Insurance Scam in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/07/377847.htm Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:50:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377847 Six people involved in a mobile phone insurance scam in California have been sentenced on felony fraud charges after filing more than 1,300 claims for stolen and damaged phones totaling more than $500,000. The convicted scammers, including some Verizon Wireless …

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Uber Drivers Want to Streamline Suit in California over Employee Status http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/07/377843.htm Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:33:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377843 Drivers suing Uber Technologies Inc. for better pay and benefits are proposing to pursue their group lawsuit in phases focused first on whether they qualify as employees. If they win that round, then the two sides can fight over how …

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California Court Hands Down $55M in Decision Against Three AIG Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/07/377841.htm Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:28:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377841 An Alameda County, Calif., jury has awarded Pennsylvania-based Victaulic Co., $55.3 in damages against three AIG companies. The trial in Victaulic Co. v. American Home Assurance Co. et al., in Alameda County Superior Court spanned six weeks before Judge Frank Roesch. The verdict, …

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California Oil Spill Might be Larger Than Thought, Company Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/06/377709.htm Thu, 06 Aug 2015 15:15:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377709 Plains All American Pipeline LP’s ruptured California oil pipeline may have spilled 41 percent more crude than currently estimated, the company said on Wednesday. In a presentation accompanying Plains’ quarterly earnings call with analysts, the company said the May rupture …

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Report: California Workers’ Comp Premiums Growing at Double-Digit Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/05/377607.htm Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:45:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377607 Workers’ compensation premiums in California continue to grow at double-digit rates, according to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB recently released its “State of the California Worker’s Compensation Report,” and authors of the report on Wednesday highlighted developing …

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Firefighters Make Progress Against Raging California Wildfire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/05/377552.htm Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:37:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377552 Firefighters are reporting some progress against a Northern California wildfire that has charred more than 100 square miles of terrain, destroying buildings, threatening many others and sending thousands of residents fleeing. As firefighters and equipment from outside the state poured …

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Wet Weather Helps in Battling Massive California Wildfire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/08/04/377428.htm Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:18:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=377428 Cooler, wetter weather helped crews make inroads Monday against a massive Northern California wildfire that tore through two dozen homes, threatened thousands more and forced 12,000 people to flee the flames. The largest blaze in drought-stricken California roughly tripled in size over the weekend …

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