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California Comp Bureau’s Study on Economic Downturns and Claim Frequency Examines COVID-19 Impact

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California on Monday released a study looking at the historic impact of economic downturns on workers’ comp claim frequency and the potential impact of COVID-19 on claims. The study, Impact of Economic Downturn …

Google Sued by Arizona over ‘Deceptive’ Location Tracking

Google kept tabs on the whereabouts of its users even if they had turned off location tracking, an Arizona official alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich stemmed from an investigation that began …

Arizona Judge Rules Against Releasing Nursing Home COVID-19 Stats

The state of Arizona doesn’t have to publicly reveal the number of coronavirus cases and deaths among residents of nursing homes, long-term facilities and retirement homes, a state judge ruled on Friday. The ruling marked a loss for news organizations …

$125K Settlement for Oregon Man Injured in Police Chase

A cab driver seriously hurt after being hit while a Portland, Ore. police officer chased a motorist the wrong way down Interstate 84 will receive a $125,000 settlement from the city. The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to pay Ethiopia …

Insurer Group Has Issue with Colorado Insurance Department’s COVID-19 Memo

The American Property Casualty Insurance Association is taking issue with tentative plans by the Colorado Department of Insurance to halt the use of credit information in Colorado during the pandemic. A recent draft bulletin from the department directs property/casualty insurers …

Agency Says Asbestos Cleanup Complete in Montana Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of all required cleanup activities within a unit of a Montana Superfund site. The federal agency removed a portion of an asbestos-contaminated mining operation in Libby from its National Priorities List, The …

California Approves PG&E Bankruptcy Plan With Oversight, Safety Conditions

California regulators approved PG&E Corp.’s $58 billion reorganization plan, bringing the power giant another step closer to exiting the biggest utility bankruptcy in U.S. history. The state’s Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted in favor of PG&E’s proposal after the company …

University in Utah, Parents Didn’t Settle Lawsuit Over Slain Student

The University of Utah did not reach a settlement after two of mediation with the parents of slain track star Lauren McCluskey who filed a $56 million lawsuit over her death in 2018. The McCluskeys’ attorney Jim McConkie described the …

Cannabis Broker Spotlight: Bozzuto with Cannabis Connect is an Outspoken Advocate for the Business

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles on cannabis brokers, in which Insurance Journal explores why and how these folks got into the business, the ups and downs of insuring cannabis, as well as a few …

After Big Oil Loses Appeal, Climate Suits Appear Headed to California Courts

Big Oil lost a pair of court battles this week that could lead to trials in lawsuits by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by …

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