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Westcap Insurance Services Ups Limits for Contractors Program, Expands into Arizona

Solvang, Calif.-based Westcap Insurance Services, LLC has expanded its admitted program for contractors to now include Arizona domiciled risks. Westcap also announced increased limits and other product enhancements to the program in the state of Washington. Westcap will now offer …

M4.0 Earthquake Confirmed in Oregon

An earthquake hit Oregon roughly 40 miles south of Portland near Molalla and was felt by numerous residents in the area, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS reported the magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck about seven miles southwest of Molalla …

Tougher Utility Rules Being Considered in Wake of California Wildfires

California utilities may face tougher safety rules for power lines, phone lines and utility poles in parts of the state most prone to wildfires. Under the proposed rules being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission, tree branches would have …

Winds Kick up Fire Threat from California Wildfires

Dry, gusting winds are aggravating fire worries across much of central and western California, including those areas where infernos are still raging and places that were scorched in October, the U.S. Storm Prediction Center said. Conditions through Sunday will be …

Farmers Reports $1.2B in Claims from Northern California Wildfires

Farmers Insurance reported it has received more than 4,000 claims from the Northern California wildfires to date at an estimated gross cost of $1.2 billion. With reinsurance, the Los Angeles-based carrier estimates its incurred loss will be $140 million, and …

Wells Fargo Sued by Navajo Nation for Alleged Predatory Tactics

The Navajo Nation announced that it’s suing Wells Fargo for allegedly engaging in predatory and unlawful banking practices that targeted and harmed tribal members. In a statement, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the tribe’s lawyer has been directed to …

Cheech of Cheech & Chong Heralds New Tool for California Pot Businesses

Comedian and legendary stoner Cheech Marin doesn’t want your pot business to go up in smoke. That’s why he’s in a new public service announcement publicizing a California Secretary of State website for budding marijuana entrepreneurs. California on Friday began …

A.M. Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for Crusader Insurance in California

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a-” of Crusader Insurance Co. Additionally, A.M. Best has revised the outlook to negative …

Cavignac & Associates in California Names Lopez Account Administrator

San Diego, Calif.-based Cavignac & Associates has named Linda Lopez account administrator of its employee benefits department. Lopez will assist the employee benefits department account manager with the daily service activities for client benefit offerings. Lopez was previously the underwriting …

Verisk: 96% of the Area in California Fire at High or Extreme Wildfire Risk

Most of the area within the massive Thomas fire in Southern California is at high or extreme wildfire risk, according to a Verisk report on Wednesday. The fire encompasses more than 230,500 acres, and while containment on the wildfires in …

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