Utah News

Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice

Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

AssureStart Adds 5 States

Online small business insurer AssureStart of Seattle is now open for business in five additional states: Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Iowa and Arkansas. The move is part of a company initiative to have a nationwide presence by early 2015. AssureStart currently sells …

Speed Limit Rises to 70 MPH On Some Urban Utah Freeways

Motorists can drive a little faster on most urban interstates along Utah’s Wasatch Range. With a few exceptions, the speed limit was raised from 65 mph to 70 mph beginning today. The Utah Department of Transportation decided to proceed with the plan …

Utah Settles Colorado Trademark Suit by Changing Ski Slogan

Salt Lake City tourism officials and a Colorado ski resort have settled a legal fight over a marketing slogan targeted to tourists in the lucrative winter sports industry. Utah marketers dropped “USA” from their new Ski City advertising campaign a …

Utah Woman Wears Colander For Driver’s License Photo

A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver’s license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement. Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driver’s license as …

Utah Workers’ Comp Fund Distributes Second Dividend in 2014

Workers Compensation Fund in Utah has declared a second dividend in 2014. The $9 million dividend represents 5 percent of premium collected from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. With this second dividend, WCF will have paid 10 percent …

Utah School Bus Driver Allegedly Under Influence on Field Trip

A Utah school bus driver was arrested Monday on suspicion of DUI after driving erratically and nearly hitting a car on a busy stretch of highway while taking 67 elementary-school students on a field trip, authorities said. Lycia Martinez, 39, …

Colorado Resort Files Trademark Suit Over Salt Lake Ski Marketing

A Salt Lake City, Utah tourism group is defending its new marketing campaign, saying the Ski City slogan doesn’t violate a Colorado ski resort’s Ski Town trademark. Visit Salt Lake says in a statement that the $1.8 million Ski City …

Forecast Calls for More Drought Next Year Across West

Forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California. Below-normal precipitation and normal or above-normal temperatures are forecast in the …

Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges Filed on Utah Man

A Utah man who suffered a knee injury while working at the Montana State Prison is charged with defrauding the state worker’s compensation fund by collecting total disability benefits while running a construction company. The Independent Record reported the attorney …