Oregon News

Oregon Judge Tosses Pimp’s Sneaker Warning Suit

An Oregon judge needed less than a half hour to dismiss a $100 million lawsuit filed by an imprisoned pimp who contended Nike should have included a consumer warning on the sneakers the man used to beat a prostitute’s customer. …

Oregon Commish Says ‘Sharing Economy’ Creates Insurance Challenges

Typical insurance policies won’t cover people participating in the “sharing economy” by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregon’s insurance commissioner is warning. The state’s insurance regulator had previously stayed quiet about the ways …

Wildfire Spending In Oregon Triggers Lloyd’s Insurance Policy

Oregon’s tough wildfire season has pushed spending to the point the state Department of Forest is tapping its special insurance policy for the second year in a row. The Bulletin reported that state wildfire costs exceeded the $20 million deductible …

Crestbrook Insurance Expands into Oregon, Washington

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier, is expanding into Oregon and Washington. Independent insurance agents and brokers appointed with Crestbrook in both states are now able to offer the property/casualty carrier’s products and services to …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

Hundreds of Oregon Households Told to Flee Wildfire

A new wildfire pushed by gusting winds threatens the small Columbia River Gorge community of Rowena, Ore., where residents of 275 homes had been told to evacuate. The fire made a run along the river in the evening on Aug. …

Wildfires Burn Structures, Threaten Homes In California, Oregon, Washington

Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were bearing down on a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and Tuesday brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning …

No Fukushima Radiation Found in Oregon, Says Group

A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in Oregon. Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan …

Allstate Seeks Agents in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii

Allstate Insurance Co. plans to add several local agency owners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii in 2014. Allstate’s plan is to recruit 51 new exclusive agents, 13 financial specialists and the company expects agency owners will be looking to add 102 sales producers. “Allstate is …

Rains Good, Lightning Bad for Biggest Wildfire in Washington History

People afflicted by the massive Carlton Complex fires in north-central Washington may get some relief tonight and over the next few days in the form of wetter, cooler weather. But then again the system moving in may bring lighting, which …