Insurance Journal » Oregon http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:31:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326744.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:29:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326744 Overland Park, Kan.-based SeaFire Insurance Services is seeking new agency partners in Oregon and Idaho for its auto dealer and repair insurance program. SeaFire will consider appointments for retail insurance agencies with scale, brand, resources and auto dealer expertise. Agents can …

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Oregon Lawsuit Over Translation That Sent Medics To Wrong Spot http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326717.htm Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:51:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326717 A wrongful death lawsuit filed in Portland, Ore. alleges that a 911 Spanish language interpreter botched the translation of an address, sending medics to the wrong place after a caller reported that a young woman could not breathe. The Oregonian …

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Dog Attack Prompts Oregon Mail Carrier Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326483.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:28:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326483 An Oregon postal worker seeks more than $180,000 in a lawsuit filed against the owner of a dog that allegedly attacked her. The Register-Guard newspaper reported that Kristin Joachim’s suit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court. The court document …

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Gas Tax Causes $500M Shortfall in Oregon Transportation Funding http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/15/326333.htm Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:32:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326333 People are driving less, and their vehicles have become more fuel efficient. While those might be considered positive trends, a potential decline in gas-tax revenue is one reason the Oregon Department of Transportation says it is on track to spend …

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Tsunami Advisory In Effect for Hawaii from Chile Quake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/02/325150.htm Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:18:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325150 U.S. officials say they’ve found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile. Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska …

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AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/18/320704.htm Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:44:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320704 Marjorie Berte, vice president for state affairs for the American Insurance Association’s Western region on Tuesday announced plans to retire on March 31 Berte joined AIA in January 2011, and has been responsible for overseeing AIA’s government affairs efforts in …

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$74k Fine For Oregon Company’s Lack Of Fall Protection http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/13/320438.htm Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:29:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320438 An Oregon construction company has been fined nearly $73,000 for repeatedly not protecting its employees from falls. The fine comes after the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Division cited Woodburn-based Bravo’s Construction Services for the seventh time for lack of …

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Oregon Disaster Agency Issues Revealed in Audit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/12/320283.htm Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:06:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320283 Oregon’s emergency management agency may not be well equipped to recover from a major disaster because of a history of leadership problems and an incomplete plan to handle emergencies, according to an audit issued by the Secretary of State’s office. …

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Flood Maps Still Wrong, Oregon Homeowners Still Paying http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/02/315944.htm Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:04:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315944 Months after Carol Justice was wrongly told her home needs flood insurance, the Cornelius resident is still paying up – even though a surveyor has since determined her house is not in the flood zone. Justice is one of hundreds …

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Oregon Gay Bullying Lawsuit Settled for $5,000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/24/315436.htm Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:55:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315436 The Eugene School District has paid $5,000 to settle an Oregon lawsuit that accused it of failing to stop students at a middle school from bullying and harassing a boy they perceived as gay. The Eugene Register-Guard reports the suit …

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Oregon Lawsuit: Patients Tested For HIV Without Consent http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/02/312693.htm Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:58:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312693 Two Oregon residents have sued a health care provider that screened them for HIV without their permission. The Oregonian reported the plaintiffs are asking the judge to approve the suit as a class action, to include the estimated 6,500 other …

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Oregon Court Tosses Right to Farm Challenge http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/20/311773.htm Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:59:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311773 The Oregon Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional challenge to Oregon’s Right to Farm law, but parties to the case say the question isn’t resolved. The Capital Press agricultural publication reported the Right to Farm law protects farmers from …

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Jury Awards $100,000 In Oregon Malpractice Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/18/311564.htm Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:21:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311564 An Oregon gynecologist who removed a patient’s healthy ovary and left a piece of plastic in her body after a 2007 robotic surgery has been ordered to pay more than $100,000. The Mail Tribune newspaper reported that U.S. District Court …

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Oregon Mother Seeks $7.6M In Meatball Choking Death Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/31/309957.htm Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:15:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=309957 The mother of a young Oregon girl who died after choking on a meatball at her preschool is seeking $7.6 million in a lawsuit against the suburban Portland school and its owner. The Oregonian reported that the lawsuit filed Monday …

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Suit Disputes Oregon’s Claim in Malpractice Award http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/23/309018.htm Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:32:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=309018 A former Eugene woman is trying to keep the state of Oregon from claiming more than $200,000 from a medical malpractice settlement she received after suffering a stroke at age 27 that left her with only limited use of her …

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Oregonians to Vote On Immigrant Driver’s Licenses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/21/308750.htm Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:08:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=308750 Oregonians are headed for a statewide vote on a new law that allows immigrants who can’t show they’re in the United States legally to obtain driver’s licenses. Secretary of State Kate Brown’s office said Friday that opponents of the law …

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Oregon Man Injured In Dunes ATV Ride Files Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/11/307927.htm Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:00:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307927 A man injured during an all-terrain vehicle ride in the Oregon dunes has sued a Eugene company, alleging it dug up a trail and did not warn riders of a sudden drop. Joseph Catania of Alturas, Calif., seeks $426,000 from …

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Willis Names Long Regional Placement Officer in West http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/03/307222.htm Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:16:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307222 Willis North America named Linda Leigh Long regional placement officer in its West region. Long will lead a team insurance placement professionals across Willis’ West region, which includes operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. She will …

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Oregon Man Hurt in Community Service Sues County http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/03/307161.htm Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:35:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307161 A man who suffered an eye injury clearing trails as part of court-ordered community service has sued Polk County, Ore. saying it failed to provide proper tools and safety equipment. The Salem Statesman Journal reported the suit filed in federal …

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Oregon Looks At Beefing Up Health Insurance Premium Reviews http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/12/304967.htm Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:53:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304967 Oregon health officials are considering whether to use the state’s authority to approve or reject health insurance premiums as a tool to drive down health care costs. The idea is one of several suggestions for improving the health care system …

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Group Demands Change in Oregon Malpractice Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/12/304965.htm Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:51:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304965 A consumer group says Oregon needs to change its new medical malpractice law to prevent it from protecting bad doctors. Public Citizen says cases that are settled in mediation should be reported to a national database, just like medical malpractice …

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Main Street America Expands Commercial Products to Austin Mutual Agents in Oregon http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/10/304719.htm Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:56:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304719 The Main Street America Group has introduced its commercial product line, featuring its flagship main line business owners policy (Main Line BOP), to independent agents who represent the super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier’s Austin Mutual Insurance Co. in Oregon. This launch …

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Wildfires Across The West Push Spending Past $1B http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/22/302554.htm Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:55:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302554 More than 40 uncontained, active and large wildfires dot the western U.S. from Arizona to Washington state and Alaska, taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year. The National Interagency Fire Center in …

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$4M Settlement In Fatal Oregon Bus-Pedestrians Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/14/301688.htm Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:18:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301688 A Portland, Ore.-area transit agency and its bus manufacturer have agreed to pay $4 million to five plaintiffs to resolve lawsuits filed after a TriMet bus hit a group of pedestrians in 2010, killing two and injuring three others. TriMet …

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MAPFRE Insurance Expands DriveAdvisor Telematics Program to Oregon http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/07/301069.htm Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:35:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301069 MAPFRE Insurance has expanded its DriveAdvisor Program to the state of Oregon. DriveAdvisor is a voluntary program that provides an auto insurance discount for customers who elect to use telematics technology to monitor their driving behavior. The discount is available …

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Court: No Workers’ Comp For Oregon Dock Urinator http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/05/300727.htm Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:41:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300727 A federal appeals court says an Oregon longshoreman who got drunk on the job, urinated while standing on a dock and then fell 6 feet onto concrete should not get workers’ compensation benefits for his injuries. Gary Schwirse drank at …

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Oregon Man Files Lawsuit Over Inversion Table Tryout http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/31/300151.htm Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:43:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300151 A second Oregon lawsuit has been filed this month over an inverted therapy table. The tables allow people to hang upside down, strapped to the flat surface, in hopes of relieving pain. The Eugene Register-Guard reported Donald Walken says in …

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Oregon Threatens To Decertify Workers’ Comp Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/31/300142.htm Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:37:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300142 Oregon insurance regulators said that they’ve taken the first steps toward decertifying a workers’ compensation self-insurance trust and will shut it down next week if the employers can’t come up with $750,000. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services …

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Estate of Drowned Washington Teen Files Oregon Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/26/299740.htm Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:01:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299740 The estate of a drowned Vancouver, Wash., teen has sued the organizers of a summer camp in Oregon, saying they endangered the boy. The lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland seeks $13 million. The Columbian reported the …

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Oregon Man Charged With Arson in Stagecoach Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/25/299638.htm Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:56:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299638 Police have arrested a Central Oregon man accused of starting a wildfire that burned a Klamath County cabin and forced the temporary evacuation of about 120 homes. Kelly Parker, 30, of La Pine pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to charges …

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