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Bender in California Names Guillen Vice President of Alternative Risk

Bender Insurance Solutions in Sacramento, Calif., has named Roland Guillen vice president of alternative risk markets to commercial insurance clients. Guillen oversees the growth of the Captive and Alternative Risk Market business as well as large complex risks, in addition …

Newfront in California Adds Parker as Employee Benefits Producer

Newfront Insurance in San Francisco, Calif., has brought Nichole Parker on as a principal and employee benefits producer. Parker joins Newfront from TSM Insurance and Financial Services Inc., where she was heading the individual and medicare services divisions. Newfront is …

Navajo Nation Reaches Settlements with Mining Companies

The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and …

Drone Maker Settling for $25M in Military Gear Parts Suit

Aerial drone manufacturer Insitu in the Columbia River Gorge, Ore., will pay $25 million to settle allegations that its military drones were outfitted with used components instead of new ones. U.S. attorney Brian Moran said cases such as this one …

LP in Nevada Adds Cantlon, Ennis, Garcia, Rossi to Ownership Group

Reno, Nev.-based LP Insurance Services LLC has added Andrea Cantlon, Matt Ennis, Dustin Garcia and Jared Rossi to its ownership group. LP Insurance Services currently has 24 member-owners throughout the footprint. Cantlon leads the surety division. She joined LP Insurance …

ISC Acquires California Contractors Insurance Services

Integrated Specialty Coverages has acquired California Contractors Insurance Services Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sacramento, Calif.-based CCIS has a network of over 70,000 licensed contractors to obtain license bonds, general liability, workers’ compensation, contract bonds and permit …

Some Rideshare Drivers Sue Over California Ballot Measure

Drivers for app-based ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The lawsuit filed with the California Supreme Court said …

New Wave of Virus Claims Hit California Workers’ Comp

A California Workers’ Compensation Institute analysis of claims reported to the state Division of Workers’ Compensation as of Jan. 11 shows that the number of COVID-19 claims in the California workers’ compensation system more than tripled between October and November, …

Uber Appealing $59M Fine in California Over Sex Assault Data Request

Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday appealed a $59 million fine by a California regulator in a dispute over whether the company should share detailed information on sexual assault and harassment claims reported on its ridesharing platform. The California Public Utilities …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Expands Homeowners Coverage Into Georgia, Utah

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies has added Georgia and Utah to the list of states where the insurer offers its homeowners product. With these additions, the company now offers its personal lines products in 22 states with plans for further …

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