California News

Transgender Veteran Settles California Suit over Being Denied A Haircut

A Riverside County, Calif. transgender Army veteran has settled a lawsuit against a Rancho Cucamonga barbershop that refused to cut women’s hair. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. The Press-Enterprise reported that as part of the settlement The …

California Utility Ordered to Run Thousands of Ads over Deadly Blast Conviction

California’s largest utility must pay a $3 million fine and run thousands of TV commercials publicizing its pipeline safety violations as punishment for its criminal convictions in a deadly natural gas explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. U.S. District …

California Surplus Lines Are Now A Bigger Chunk of the Commercial Market

The phrase “new normal” might be a cliché, but it was too hard for Ben McKay, executive director of the Surplus Lines Association of California, to avoid using when describing the state’s excess and surplus market in 2016 and going forward. …

California Homeowner Registration Starts for 2017 Brace + Bolt Program

The 2017 Earthquake Brace + Bolt program opened registration this week for $6 million in grants for seismic retrofits. This represents a 25 percent increase in funding over last year to help California homeowners protect their families and secure their …

New CA Workers’ Compensation Laws 2017 Workshop

Santa Ana, CA, January 23, 2017- Registration for the Insurance Educational Association’s annual 3-hour seminar on the new workers’ compensation laws of California is now available on its website with seminars scheduled statewide in January and February of 2017.  Popular instructor …

Looking Forward to BIG’s 2017 Convention!

Indian Wells, CA, January 23, 2017- Be sure to mark May 4th – 7th on your new 2017 calendars and start making plans to head out to Indian Wells, CA for the 2017 BIG Convention! Along with sultry desert nights, …

California Woman Slaps Chipotle With $2.2B Suit over Privacy Violation

A California woman has filed a lawsuit against Chipotle alleging the Denver-based company used a photo of her without her consent for commercial gain. The Denver Post reported that Sacramento resident Leah Caldwell is seeking more than $2 billion in …

BTIS Announces Launch of New Direct Bill Option for Victory Contractor General Liability

Rocklin, CA, January 13, 2017- Builders & Tradesmen’s Insurance Services, Inc. (BTIS) is pleased to announce the launch of BTIS DirectPay, the direct bill option for Victory Contractor General Liability. “We’ve been committed to helping our producers serve the small artisan …

Drought-Weakened Trees Are Falling Hazards in Rainy California

Drenching winter rains combined with the punishing effects of six years of drought are causing trees to topple across California, in some cases with deadly results. At least two people have been killed in the past month. Seemingly sturdy oaks, …

California College Pays Hacker Ransom for Compromised Student Data

A California community college has paid a $28,000 ransom after a hacker took student data hostage. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that 1,800 Los Angeles Valley College teachers and staff were locked out of their computers last week, leaving …