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California Judge Weighing in on Legality of Women Board Member Law

When then-California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first law requiring women on boards of publicly traded companies, he suggested it might not survive legal challenges. Three years later, a judge will begin hearing evidence this week in Los Angeles …

Data Hacked for 400K Planned Parenthood Patients in California

The Los Angeles branch of Planned Parenthood was hit by a data breach involving about 400,000 patients, but there is no indication that the information was used “for fraudulent purposes,” the group said. A hacker installed computer malware between Oct. …

Agency in California Opposes Cruise Robotaxi Application, Citing Safety

San Francisco’s public transit operator has challenged an application by Cruise to charge for robotaxi rides, saying on Wednesday promotional videos from the General Motors Co unit show Cruise passengers illegally hopping in and out of vehicles in the middle …

People Moves: Aon Makes Slyfield in California Chief Innovation Officer; Alliant Names O’Malley First Vice President

Aon plc named Jillian Slyfield as the firm’s chief innovation officer. Slyfield, who is based in San Francisco, California, will report to Aon CEO Greg Case and join the Aon executive committee. Slyfield assumes the responsibilities of Tony Goland, who …

California Autonomous Delivery Service Rolling out from Nuro, 7-Eleven

Self-driving tech startup Nuro said on Wednesday it was rolling out California’s first commercial autonomous delivery service in partnership with 7-Eleven, a convenience store operator. Nuro and rivals such as Waymo are launching or planning to launch autonomous delivery services …

$3.5M Police Wrongful-Death Suit Settled in Washington

Seattle, Washington will pay $3.5 million to settle a wrongful-death civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the children of a pregnant Black woman who was fatally shot by two white Seattle police officers in 2017. Karen Koehler, a Seattle attorney …

People Moves: PCF in Utah Adds O’Hara, Banyai and Marino

Lehi, Utah-based PCF Insurance Services named Colleen O’Hara vice president of marketing and communications, Charles Banyai vice president of regional operations and Lori Marino vice president and regional growth leader. O’Hara will oversee the development, integration, and implementation of a …

Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California Profiles Restaurant Industry

Restaurants make up a sizable portion of California’s workers’ comp system, a new report shows. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California released the first report in its industry profile series, which examines an industry sector in the state’s …

New Mexico Sees Lower Costs Worker’s Comp Insurance

New Mexico insurance regulators are reducing a key component in rates for workers’ compensation coverage that should help employers spend less, starting next year. The Superintendent of Insurance Office announced a 5.5% reduction in “loss costs” for insurance policies that …

Ryan Specialty Acquires Crouse and Associates in California

Ryan Specialty Group acquired transportation specialist Crouse and Associates in San Francisco, California. The Crouse team is now a part of RT Specialty, the wholesale brokerage division of Ryan Specialty. Crouse has additional offices throughout California and Oregon as well …

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