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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 …

Louisiana Commissioner Asks State Farm to Offer Lower Hurricane Deductible

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has asked State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. (State Farm) to offer its Louisiana policyholders Louisiana the option of a 2 percent hurricane deductible on their homeowners’ insurance policies by paying the actuarially needed difference in premium, if …

Over $2M for Recovered for Oklahoma Insurance Consumers So Far in 2014

The Oklahoma Insurance Department announced its Consumer Assistance Division has recovered $2,180,170 for Oklahoma consumers in the first half of 2014. Between Jan. 1 and June 30, the Consumer Assistance Division answered 13,127 phone calls, responded to over 300 emails …

State Farm Increases Hurricane Deductible in Louisiana to 5%

One month into the hurricane season, State Farm’s 308,000 Louisiana homeowner’s customers are confronting an unpleasant change: their policies now include a mandatory 5 percent hurricane deductible. State Farm spokesman Gary Stephenson tells The Advocate the hurricane deductible was included …

Home Emergency Insurance Solutions Relaunches Home Protection Plans in California

HomeServe USA’s subsidiary Home Emergency Insurance Solutions (HEIS), is relaunching its optional Water Service Line Insurance plans as home protection plans to more than 425,000 households across the state of California. A mailing outlining the new benefits of the Plans …