Insurance Journal » California http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:19:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 California Fire That Threatened Homes is Fully Contained http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/06/374141.htm Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:54:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374141 A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said. The fire started Saturday night and embers were quickly …

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Bill in California Responds to Cheerleader Lawsuits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/02/374012.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:40:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374012 They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage. …

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New Insurance Rules for California Ridesharing in Effect Today http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/07/01/373690.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:07:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373690 A new law requiring that ridesharing drivers and companies have liability insurance coverage during all three periods in which they use the ride-sharing application goes into effect today. The rules are in effect under Assembly Bill 2293, which was signed …

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Ninth Circuit Court Upholds California’s Workers’ Comp Liens http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/30/373481.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:10:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373481 The U.S. Ninth Circuit court on Monday upheld California’s fee requirement on workers’ compensation liens. The lien fees were a key part of Senate Bill 863, the workers’ comp reform bill passed in 2012. These liens are filed by medical …

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Ridesharing Apps in California Get Kids Around When Parents Are Busy http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/26/372907.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372907 Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends when her parents weren’t around to give her a ride. Sometimes, the cab drivers wouldn’t show up or, …

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7 in California and Washington Charged With 100+ Counts of Auto Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/24/372899.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:19:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372899 Seven people in California and Washington were arrested for allegedly conspiring to defraud eight insurance companies by submitting fraudulent auto insurance claims totaling more than $175,000. Detectives from the California Department of Insurance, assisted by Snohomish County Marshall’s Office and …

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$40M Jury Award in Suit Over California TGI Friday’s Killing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/22/372551.htm Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:30:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372551 A Southern California jury awarded $40 million to the parents of a man who was stabbed to death in a TGI Friday’s restaurant. The panel found that the restaurant’s operator was 55 percent responsible for the January 2009 death at …

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Will Uber Employee Status Ruling in California Impact Its Business Model? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/17/372157.htm Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:51:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372157 An Uber driver is an employee not a contractor, according to a California Labor Commission ruling on Wednesday that opens the door to more scrutiny over the rideshare giant’s business model. Earlier in the day some media outlets reported that …

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Ground Gained Large Wildfire in Northern California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/15/371782.htm Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:51:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371782 Firefighters made progress late Sunday in battling a lightning-sparked Northern California wildfire that has been burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for five days, officials said. Light winds helped firefighters directly attack the 1,480-acre blaze as they worked in hot, …

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DUIs, Traffic Violations From Court Under in California Corruption Probe http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/15/371778.htm Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:49:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371778 Hundreds of Orange County court cases are being scrutinized amid suspicions that someone was paid to fix DUI and other traffic violations by falsifying court records. The FBI and county prosecutors are investigating, and about 600 Superior Court cases, some …

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Plan to Limit Vacation Rentals Held off in San Francisco for Now http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/11/371436.htm Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:13:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371436 San Francisco supervisors tabled further attempts to regulate home-shares this week, despite calls from some members to vote on a plan to limit short-term vacation rentals to 60 days a year. The vote by the Board of Supervisors to move …

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Wildfire Report Shows 2 Million California Homes at Risk as Drought Continues http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/10/371319.htm Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:15:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371319 A report issued today shows California has more than 2 million homes at “high” or “extreme” wildfire risk, as the multi-year drought continues stoke fears among some experts of a potentially devastating wildfire season. Verisk Insurance Solutions released its 2015 …

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Arson Suspected in Car Dealership Fire in Northern California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/10/371145.htm Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:28:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=371145 Arson investigators say they suspect car fires were intentionally set at a dealership north of San Francisco. KNTV-TV reported Sgt. Sasha D’Amico says officers found several vehicles on fire when they responded to a call Wednesday night about a brush …

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects NRA Challenge to San Francisco Gun Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/09/370967.htm Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:26:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370967 The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a National Rifle Association challenge to a San Francisco law that requires people who store handguns at home to either put them in a lockbox or disable them with a trigger lock. Over two …

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Oregon Woman Hit by Errant Golf Ball Sues Course http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/08/370823.htm Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:41:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370823 A California woman and her husband seek $900,000 in a lawsuit alleging she suffered serious injuries when struck by an errant golf ball while visiting the Oregon coast two summers ago. The suit filed last week in Portland says Joan Eckerstrom …

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$4M Fire-Prevention Grant Ignites Passions in Northern California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/05/370686.htm Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:05:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370686 City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region. The Oakland City Council voted …

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Widow of Man Run Over by Suge Knight Files Suit in California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/05/370669.htm Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:56:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370669 The widow of a man who died when he was run over by a pickup truck driven by Marion “Suge” Knight has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former rap music mogul and key figures involved in the upcoming …

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California Bill Would Intercept Insurance Claims to Fund Child Support http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/01/370064.htm Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:35:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370064 California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would intercept more insurance payments and use them to pay beneficiaries’ overdue child support. About a quarter of insurance companies now voluntarily participate in the program. It collects about $17 million annually from …

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California Man Who Lost Eye to Taser Sues Police For $25M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/06/01/370060.htm Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:30:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=370060 A 31-year-old man has filed a $25 million lawsuit against a California police department, saying he lost his left eye after Fairfield police used a Taser gun on him. Jerome Hill stated in his complaint that police hit him in …

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2 California Men Nabbed for $1.4M Mobile Phone Insurance Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/28/369781.htm Thu, 28 May 2015 15:29:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369781 Jason Kwon, 32, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and David Chang, 32, of Burbank face 41 felony counts of insurance fraud, grand theft and identity theft for allegedly submitting fraudulent claims totaling $1.3 million to obtain low cost replacement mobile …

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First Major California Insurer to Offer Ridesharing Endorsement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/27/369675.htm Wed, 27 May 2015 19:51:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369675 Farmers will become the first large California insurer to start offering a ridesharing insurance product on Thursday. In an announcement made at the Los Angeles office of California Department of Insurance today, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Farmers Group …

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California Sandwich Maker Recalls 213,000 Pounds of Meat http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/27/369540.htm Wed, 27 May 2015 15:53:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369540 Fast-food restaurant Lee’s Sandwiches has recalled 213,000 pounds of meat because it bore unauthorized United States Department of Agriculture marks of inspection, despite having not been inspected properly. The Orange County Register reported that chicken, beef and pork products were …

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California Man Accused of Insurance Inspection Invoice Scam Nabbed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/26/369313.htm Tue, 26 May 2015 16:11:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369313 A California man was arrested in Arizona on charges that he scammed hundreds of people in three states in a fire insurance inspection scheme. Robert Musich, 46, was being held on bond following his arrest in Lake Havasu City. Musich, …

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More Than 7,700 Gallons of Oil Sopped Up from California Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/22/369141.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 15:55:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369141 More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. Up …

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Swarm of Small Quakes Shake Southern California Desert http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/22/369137.htm Fri, 22 May 2015 15:50:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=369137 A swarm of small earthquakes have struck a sparsely populated area of the Southern California desert, but there were no reports of any damages or injuries. The first, a magnitude-4.0 quake, struck at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the edge of …

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Cal/OSHA Finds Employer at Fault in Window Washer’s 11-Story Fall http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/20/368896.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 22:10:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368896 Cal/OSHA has cited Century Window Cleaning for five safety hazards following an investigation into a window washer’s 11-story fall from the roof of a San Francisco building last year. Two of the five hazards cited were for serious violations, including …

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Northern California Children’s Home Hit With Abuse Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/20/368843.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 16:19:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368843 A group of former foster children alleging abuses at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home in Northern California dating back to 20 years ago has filed a lawsuit against the facility. The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in …

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Beer Bikes Bill Advances in California Legislature http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/20/368841.htm Wed, 20 May 2015 16:17:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368841 California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow so-called beer bikes to operate on streets, but leaves cities to decide if alcohol is allowed on board. The Senate this week unanimously passed the bill by Sen. Richard Pan, a …

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California Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Car Ablaze to Cash in on Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/19/368670.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 15:33:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368670 Richard Peters, 36, of Lakeside, Calif., pleaded guilty to one felony count of insurance fraud after being arrested last week by the San Diego Urban Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force on suspicion that he set fire to his vehicle in …

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Students in Deadly California Bus Crash Not Given Safety Instructions http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/05/15/368347.htm Fri, 15 May 2015 15:47:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368347 The high school students who struggled to escape from a burning tour bus after a collision with a tractor-trailer in California last year that killed 10 never received the required safety instructions from the driver before the crash, according to …

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