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Lawsuit: Tesla’s Autopilot Caused Fiery Crash into Tree, Killing Colorado Man

The widow of a man who died after his Tesla veered off the road and crashed into a tree while he was using its partially automated driving system is suing the carmaker, claiming its marketing of the technology is dangerously …

California Workplace Violence Law a Best Practice No Matter What State You’re in

California Senate Bill 553 is groundbreaking legislation that aims to prevent workplace violence and enhance employee safety and security in California. The law elevates California’s commitment to protecting workers, customers, and companies by recognizing the impact of workplace violence and …

15 Californians Charged in Complex Auto Insurance Fraud Ring

More than a dozen Southern California residents are reported to have conspired to create fraudulent insurance claims to illegally collect more than $350,000. They were arrested last week after an investigation reportedly discovered a large-scale organized auto insurance fraud ring …

People Moves: CREST in Arizona Adds Anguis as Commercial Lines Broker

Andy Anguis joined Crest Insurance Group as a commercial lines broker in the company’s Chandler, Arizona, office. Anguis’ 25 years of experience includes commercial lines, sales/service leadership, recruiting, claims, personal lines, workers’ compensation, life insurance and annuities. He most recently …

Washington AG Says Catholic Church Stonewalling Sex Abuse Investigation

The Catholic church is refusing to cooperate with a Washington state investigation into whether it unlawfully used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said, asking a court to force the Seattle Archdiocese …

First Washington Heat Wave of the Year to Trigger New Heat Rules for Outdoor Workers

Forecast temperatures in Washington this week are exapted to will trigger protections designed to prevent heat-related illness in agriculture, landscaping, construction, and other outdoor jobs. The forecasted temperatures above 90 degrees in Eastern Washington mean the rules, overseen by the …

Crest Insurance Group Enters Nevada with Crossroads Acquisition

Crest Insurance Group acquired trucking and transportation specialist Crossroads Insurance Services in Henderson, Nevada. The Henderson location will become the hub of the Crest’s trucking and transportation division and will provide the logistical base to expand the agency’s services to …

Insurers Like California Governor’s Statement About Expedited Rate Filings

Insurers are applauding a move by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to try and expedite the insurance rate filing process. Newsom made the proposal while discussing the state’s budget. It was mentioned in a press conference to talk about the budget, …

Lawyers Handling Lawsuits Over Maui Wildfires to Get Investigation Documents

A judge on Friday forced the Hawaii attorney general’s office to turn over to lawyers involved in the hundreds of lawsuits over last summer’s Maui wildfires all documents, interviews and data collected by the outside team hired to investigate the …

California Construction Company Fined $371K for Fatal Trench Collapse

Cal/OSHA cited D’Arcy & Harty Construction Inc. $371,100 for failing to protect employees working in a trench excavation at a construction site in San Francisco. On Sept. 28, 2023, an employee was replacing sewer parts inside the eight-foot-deep trench at …

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