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Los Angeles Wildfires Close Roads, Threaten Crops, Force Evacuations

Wildfires raging across Southern California have shut a major commuter artery in Los Angeles, suspended filming, wiped out more than $3 billion of market value for regional utility Edison International and are threatening some of the state’s lucrative crops. Stretches …

California Department of Workers’ Comp OKs Carve-out Agreement with L.A.

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has approved a labor-management carve-out agreement between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The agreement covers an estimated 10,000 union members. Carve-out programs enable employers and unionized workforces …

Cavignac & Associates in California Names Martin Account Administrator

San Diego, Calif.-based Cavignac & Associates has named Zoixza Martin an account administrator within its commercial department. Martin will provide support and assistance to the department’s team members and ensures clients are served. Her primary responsibilities include processing endorsements, certificates …

California Wildfire Claims Now Top $9.4B, Department of Insurance Says

California Commissioner Dave Jones announced on Wednesday that total of insured losses from the wildfires in California in October now top $9.4 billion in residential and commercial claims. The latest figure is near the upper end of estimates given so …

Southern California Fires Prompt Evacuations of Thousands from Homes

Ferocious Santa Ana winds raking Southern California whipped explosive wildfires Tuesday, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of homes. The biggest blaze broke out Monday in Ventura County and grew wildly to more than 48 square miles in the hours that …

RenaissanceRe: $90M Estimated Net Negative Impact from California Wildfires

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. said it estimates that losses from the October 2017 California Wildfires will have a net negative impact of $90 million on its fourth quarter 2017 results of operations. The October 2017 California Wildfires caused widespread damage to …

Wells Fargo Facing Insurance License Discipline in California

Wells Fargo was served with an accusation by the California Department of Insurance seeking to suspend or revoke its licenses for alleged improper insurance sales practices related to the company’s online insurance referral program. Such practices resulted in insurance products …

Another California Utility Loses Billions in Value as Wildfire Rages

Once again, thousands are fleeing a wildfire in California. And, once again, the worry on Wall Street is that a major electric utility might end up on the hook for the damages. Shares of Edison International plunged the most in …

California Division of Workers’ Comp Suspends 21 Medical Providers for Fraud

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended 21 more medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ compensation system, bringing the total number of providers suspended this year to 115. The providers were suspended for fraud or other criminal …

California Brothers Nabbed in Staged Auto Accident Ring Involving 20 Others

A two-year investigation has netted 22 suspects in an auto fraud ring in California that cost insurers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Brothers Angel Topete, 36, and Joshua Topete, 34, both of San Martin, Calif., were arrested on numerous felony …

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