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100 Homes Destroyed by Northern California Wildfire

A wind-driven fire cut through a small California town near the Oregon border on Monday damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. The town near the base of Mount Shasta in …

Lighthouse Insurance Expands Homeowners Program to North Carolina

Beginning in November 2014, Lighthouse Property Insurance Corp. will offer homeowners insurance and flood insurance throughout North Carolina. While Lighthouse will debut in the state with only homeowners and flood, it expects to introduce a dwelling fire product in 2015. …

No Insurance Coverage for Idaho Homeowners After Sewers Back Up

The insurance company for the south-central Idaho city of Twin Falls says it won’t pay reimbursement costs sought by residents whose homes sustained damage when the city sewers backed up last month. The Idaho Counties Risk Management Program sent letters …

N.Y. Gov. Issues Consumer Alert on Potential Home Repair Scams

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a consumer alert warning homeowners to protect themselves against home repair scams, which may arise in wake of the recent flooding that occurred on Long Island. “Unfortunately, unscrupulous home repair scam artists often …

California Insurance Agent Faces 96 Felony Counts

Jacob Richard Bonzer, 27, formerly of Lake Forest, Calif. was arrested Wednesday in Chicago by a U.S. Marshals Task Force on 96 felony counts including grand theft, forgery and denial of benefits. According to a joint investigation between the California …

Vermont Family in Bed Bug Case Sues Homeowners Insurer

A Vermont couple who reached a $450,000 settlement with the state after saying their home was made uninhabitable when it was sprayed for bed bugs with a banned pesticide is now suing their insurance company. Neil and Patricia Whitney of …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Sentenced for Embezzlement

A former insurance agent in Creek County has been sentenced to 120 days in jail for embezzling premium payments from elderly clients, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Donna Laverne Parrick, 50, pleaded guilty to six counts of embezzlement and also …

New Jersey City to Reimburse Homeowner for Sewer Backup Damage

The City Council of Clifton, New Jersey, has voted to reimburse a homeowner after the city’s sewage test flooded a basement, ruining a joint birthday celebration and flooring that was put down the day before. Officials had apologized to Mike …

Washington Girl Gets $1.2M Settlement Over School Shooting

The family of a girl who was critically wounded two years ago when a gun went off inside a classmate’s backpack at her Washington state elementary school agreed Friday to a $1.2 million legal settlement. The Bremerton School District is …

City’s Sewage Test Floods Basement in Clifton, New Jersey

A northern New Jersey couple had a joint birthday celebration ruined after their city’s sewage test flooded their basement and ruined flooring that was put down the day before. Officials in Clifton, New Jersey, apologized to Mike and Jennifer Prybicien …