Insurance Journal » California http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326480.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:25:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326480 The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands. He’s buying a drilling rig for $1 million to make …

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U.S. Agencies Join Probe of Fatal California FedEx/Bus Crash http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/14/326244.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:34:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326244 FedEx Corp. will be in the spotlight of U.S. safety investigations operating alongside local law enforcement inquiries after a fiery truck-bus collision killed 10 people in California. Two federal agencies said that they were joining the probe into the April …

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49ers Stadium Death Results in $37K Fine for Steel Company http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/14/326213.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:42:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326213 California officials have fined a steel company nearly $37,000 in connection with the death of a worker at the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium. Edward Lake II, a truck driver with Gerdau Reinforcing Steel West, was crushed …

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Tsunami Advisory In Effect for Hawaii from Chile Quake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/02/325150.htm Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:18:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325150 U.S. officials say they’ve found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile. Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska …

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Crestbrook Insurance Expands into California, More States to Come http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/28/324712.htm Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:55:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324712 Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier, has expanded its products and services to independent agents and their clients in California. After launching in Illinois last October, the Nationwide Insurance subsidiary will continue to expand into Washington, Arizona, …

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Snowpack In California, Colorado Being Measured by NASA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/27/324593.htm Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:48:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324593 The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff. In a new …

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Investigators Blame Paul Walker Crash on Speed Not Mechanical http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/26/324483.htm Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:20:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324483 The Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was traveling approximately 90 mph when it lost control on a suburban street in California and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies …

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Future Tsunamis Planned for by Handful of California Harbors http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/24/324206.htm Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:33:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324206 Five California harbors are preparing for future tsunamis under a new state project that arms them with maps that identify potential problem areas. Officials with the California Geological Survey said Friday the participating harbors include San Diego, Los Angeles/Long Beach, …

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California Targeted by Cyber-gangs: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/21/323925.htm Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:26:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323925 International criminal enterprises follow the money, and a report  says they are increasingly focusing on California because of its wealth and innovation. Aside from long-time trafficking in drugs, guns and people, the report by California Attorney General Kamala Harris says …

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Farmers to Add More Than 500 Agency Owners in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/12/323113.htm Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:55:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323113 Farmers Insurance is looking to increase its presence in California by adding 518 agency owners throughout the state. “There has never been a better time than now for those interested in becoming agency owners to join the Farmers Family,” Stephen …

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California Sinkhole Leaves Citizens Unscathed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/04/322161.htm Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:06:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322161 Ventura County sheriff’s deputies say Southern California traffic was safely diverted around a 20-foot-wide sinkhole at an Oxnard intersection. The 10-foot-deep hole opened Sunday at Ventura Road and Hemlock Street. Investigators told the Ventura County Star it was probably caused …

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California Farmers Hire Dowsers To Find Water http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/03/03/322017.htm Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:10:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322017 With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools – usually copper sticks or wooden …

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California Carbon-Permit Auction Sees $330M Spent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/26/321551.htm Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:22:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321551 State officials say California’s latest carbon-permit auction has raised nearly $330 million. The Sacramento Bee reported industrial firms and others bought emissions allowances that can be used this year and in 2017. At the auction on Monday, the 2014 allowances …

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AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/18/320704.htm Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:44:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320704 Marjorie Berte, vice president for state affairs for the American Insurance Association’s Western region on Tuesday announced plans to retire on March 31 Berte joined AIA in January 2011, and has been responsible for overseeing AIA’s government affairs efforts in …

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Running of the Bulls Ok’d in California City http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/07/319861.htm Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:07:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319861 A Southern California city has announced plans to host a Pamplona-style bull run, months after a neighboring town nixed the event because of safety concerns. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported the Golden State edition of the Great Bull Run will be …

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Lobbyist Gives Update on Insurance-Related Bills http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/05/319656.htm Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:32:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319656 There are a number of bills currently under consideration by state Legislature that may be of interest to agents, brokers and insurance professionals in general. Lobbyist John Norwood, owner of Norwood Associates in Sacramento, recently issued an update on pending …

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2 Californians Convicted for $154M Medical Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/02/319158.htm Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:45:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319158 A Southern California doctor and an attorney face prison terms for participating in a $154 million medical fraud scheme in which hundreds of healthy patients underwent unnecessary surgeries to fraudulently bill insurance companies. The Orange County Register reports 66-year-old Mario …

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California School District to Pay $8M For Teacher Attack http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/24/318367.htm Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:48:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318367 Eight Northern California families of special-needs students who were physically and verbally abused by a teacher during school will receive $8 million to settle a lawsuit. The Contra Costa Times reported the trustees of the Brentwood Unified School District voted …

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Twenty Years Later Big Lesson From Northridge Quake Lost http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/17/317586.htm Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:44:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317586 Twenty years ago today a big one hit the Los Angeles area, killing several people and injuring thousands, damaging tens of thousands of properties, shutting down businesses, putting out of operation some of the nation’s busiest freeways and radically changing …

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California Energy Drink Maker Monster Eyed by Prosecutors http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/16/317440.htm Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:36:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317440 The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children. The joint probe began last month just before a federal judge in …

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Workers’ Comp Law Firm ATB Opens Office In Los Angeles http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/13/316955.htm Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:24:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316955 Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez, a national law firm focusing on workers’ compensation defense, opened an office in Los Angeles and has named Michelle Y. Wu as managing partner in the new office. The Los Angeles office gives ATB …

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California Offshore Fracking Reports Sought By EPA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/10/316773.htm Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:35:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316773 Federal environmental regulators will start requiring oil and gas operations off the Southern California coast to report chemicals discharged into the ocean from fracking. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published the requirement in the federal register, and will …

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CompWest, Align General Insurance to offer Debit Experience Modification Program http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/23/315354.htm Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:46:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315354 CompWest Insurance Co., part of the Accident Fund Holdings family, has partnered with Align General Insurance Agency to write workers’ compensation insurance in California for high-quality risks with a debit experience modification, effective January 1, 2014. This new program is …

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California Tops ‘Judicial Hellhole’ List http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/17/314788.htm Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:08:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314788 California isn’t just a warm place to live, which is often the case even in winter, but it turns out the state is considered a “judicial hellhole.” The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual “Judicial Hellholes” report on Tuesday, and …

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Deep Freeze Damages California Citrus Crop http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/12/314252.htm Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:04:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314252 A weeklong blast of sub-freezing temperatures across California has damaged the state’s $2 billion citrus crop, but it will take several weeks before the extent of the loss is quantified, agricultural industry officials said on Wednesday. The National Weather Service …

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Lawsuit: California Student Recruited To Help In Drug Bust http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/21/311942.htm Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:08:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311942 The mother of a California middle school student has sued the school district, claiming her 14-year-old son was used as bait during an on-campus drug sting. The Riverside Press Enterprise reported Wednesday the suit was filed earlier this month against …

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Expands BOP Product to California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/08/310732.htm Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:53:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310732 Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies (formerly known as GUARD Insurance Group) has begun offering its business owners policy (BOP) and umbrella coverage in California.  The company already has a presence in the state offering workers’ compensation  with a premium total …

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Investigation Reopened In 49ers Stadium Fatality http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/25/309256.htm Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:12:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=309256 California labor officials have reopened an investigation into a deadly construction accident at the 49ers Levi’s Stadium, the first of two workplace fatalities on the site this year. The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health said Wednesday that it …

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Iowa State Troopers Target Out-of-State Drivers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/10/23/309023.htm Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:39:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=309023 Drivers with out-of-state plates are much more likely to be stopped by the Iowa State Patrol when they drive in the state. The Des Moines Register reviewed about 22,000 traffic warnings and tickets issued by the State Patrol between 2008 …

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Weather to Raise California Fire Danger http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/04/307283.htm Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:31:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307283 Forecasters are warning of an onset of gusty, dry conditions that will dramatically raise fire danger in large swaths of California as surface high pressure builds into the Pacific Northwest. In Southern California, the National Weather Service has predicted a …

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