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California Legislation Aims to Clarify Mudslide Insurance

The California Senate has approved legislation that seeks to clarify homeowners’ insurance coverage following deadly mudslides near Santa Barbara. Insurance policies generally cover damage caused by fires but not by mudslides. That creates confusion in cases like the mudslides in …

PG&E Judge Won’t Rule Out California Fire Cost Claim

PG&E Corp. suffered another legal setback with a judge saying he won’t release the company from a key legal claim over the most destructive wildfires in California history. PG&E has been challenging a California law allowing private property owners to …

Washington Orders Microsoft to Stop Using Captive Insurer

Washington’s insurance commissioner issued a cease and desist order against Microsoft Corp. to stop using its Arizona-domiciled captive, Cypress Insurance Co. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s cease and desist order is for without holding a certificate of authority, placing unauthorized insurance …

Arizona Governor Vetoes Auto Insurance Bill, Signs Others

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill requiring drivers to carry higher limits on their car insurance. Ducey closed out the state’s legislative session by signing 55 new laws and vetoing seven others. Wednesday was the final day that …

Alaska Marijuana Business License Applications Outpacing System

The number of applications for marijuana business licenses is outgrowing the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office’s approval system. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a May 8 Marijuana Control Office spreadsheet says there are 467 applications being processed with another 46 …

Utah Tesla Driver Had Hands off Wheel Before Crash, Data Shows

A Utah driver turned on the semi-autonomous functions of her Tesla vehicle and then didn’t touch the steering wheel again for 80 seconds before slamming into a firetruck stopped at a red light last week, a summary of data from …

Manufacturer Paying $60M to Settle California Lead Paint Litigation

A lead paint manufacturer will pay more than $60 million to remove the toxic material from homes around California. Officials in Santa Clara County announced the settlement with NL Industries on Wednesday, ending 18 years of litigation. The money will …

Kilauea Sends Ash Plume 30,000 Feet into Sky

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted anew before dawn Thursday, spewing a plume of ash roughly 30,000 feet into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. The explosion at the summit came shortly after 4 a.m. following two weeks …

Arizona City’s Online Payment System Finally up Following Cyber Attack

Officials in Goodyear, Ariz. say the city’s online payment system is functioning again after a cybersecurity attack affected the software. The city became aware of the situation on its online payment system May 7 and immediately shut it down. Customers …

HUB Adds Dobbs to National Real Estate Practice in California

HUB International of California has named Mark Dobbs vice president of and producer for the national real estate specialty practice. Dobbs has more than 15 years of experience in global commercial real estate business facets to include international investment banking, …

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