Utah News

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Benefits Brokerage, Insurance Point

Itasca, Ill.-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Insurance Point LLC in St. Charles, Ill. and Salt Lake City, Utah.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Insurance Point offers employee benefit consultation and insurance brokerage services for healthcare systems and hospitals throughout …

Jury Awards Families $2.4M in Lawsuit Over Utah Couple’s Kayaking Death

A jury has faulted state and local agencies in the 2010 deaths of a Utah married couple kayaking in the Jordan River. Family members of Kelly Frye-Glasser and Joseph Glasser on Tuesday won their case arguing that officials were aware …

Answer Financial Inc. Opens Insurance Sales Office in Utah

Encino, Calif.-based Answer Financial Inc. will open a fourth office in Ogden, Utah. The office, adjacent to operations for sister company Esurance, opens this summer. The office is currently taking applications for sales professionals. Answer plans to begin training its first …

Firm Fights Ruling in Utah Couple’s Critical Online Review

A Paris-based company says it will fight a U.S. judge’s ruling against its attempt to force a Utah couple to pay $3,500 over a critical online review. Descoteaux Boutiques, which owns online retailer Kleargear.com, issued statements this week saying John …

The Leavitt Group Creates Leavitt Heartland Insurance Services

The Leavitt Group’s Spearfish and Sturgis, S.D. offices, formerly part of Western Dakota Insurors, are forming a new agency called Leavitt Heartland Insurance Services, which will remain part of the Leavitt Group. All personnel will remain with the agency and …

The Leavitt Group Opens New Office in Houston

The Leavitt Group has opened a new office, Risk Services – Leavitt Insurance Agencies, in Houston. The agency will be co-managed/owned by Vladimir Chemadurov and Rob Eppers. In the South Central region, Utah-based Leavitt Group also has existing offices in …

Snowboarders’ Suit Demeans Constitution Utah Ski Area Says

One of the last U.S. ski resorts to prohibit snowboarding said a lawsuit challenging the ban degrades the U.S. Constitution and should be thrown out. Lawyers for the Alta ski area east of Salt Lake City, Utah said in their …

AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire

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 …

Hallows Joins Okerlund, Sorensen & Leavitt in Utah

Cameron Hallows has joined Okerlund, Sorensen & Leavitt in Utah as a producer. Hallows will focus on commercial and agribusiness insurance. Prior to insurance, Hallows worked selling farm equipment for Mason Machinery.  He has eight years of experience in both …

Nearly Half Of Utah Car Deaths: Seatbelts Off

Utah transportation officials say they counted 219 traffic deaths in Utah in 2013, and almost half of the car crash victims who died hadn’t been wearing seatbelts. The Utah Department of Transportation statistics released Tuesday show two more deaths last …