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Utah Lawsuit Against Pellet Grill Company Dismissed

A district court judge has dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against barbecue grill manufacturer Traeger Pellet Grills, deciding the defendants failed to establish the court has jurisdiction. U.S. District Court Judge Bruce Jenkins of Utah dismissed without prejudice the …

Smoke Inhalation Killed 34 in California Dive Boat Fire, Coroner Says

Coroner’s reports for the 34 victims who died in a scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show they died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday. All thirty-three scuba divers and one …

Oregon’s New Insurance Emergency Orders Released for COVID-19

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has issued emergency orders related to COVID-19 for insurance companies providing property/casualty, long-term care, and life and disability insurance. The orders require insurance companies providing these policies to do the following: Provide …

State Fund in California Accepting Applications for $50M Return to Work Fund

State Compensation Insurance Fund in California has started accepting applications for its $50 million Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund. The fund will help State Fund policyholders implement new safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as …

Residents in Small Alaska Town Feel Moderate Earthquake

People in Kodiak City reported early Saturday that they felt a moderate earthquake that struck the Kodiak Island region, the Alaska Earthquake Center confirmed. The magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit at 12:52 a.m. Saturday and had an epicenter that was 58 …

Nevada Governor Declares Emergency After Big Quake

Gov. Seve Sisolak has declared a state of emergency after Nevada’s biggest earthquake in 65 years caused significant damage to three U.S. highways, including the major route connecting Reno to Las Vegas. Sisolak said his declaration late last week will …

Warehouse Fire Devastates San Francisco’s Fishing Industry

A huge fire that tore through a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has destroyed fishing gear used to deliver about two-thirds of the city’s fresh seafood, threatening to disrupt the upcoming Dungeness crab season, local fishermen said Sunday. The …

California Workers’ Comp Bureau Lowers Mid-Range Estimate of COVID Costs by $10B

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California published estimated costs of allowing state workers to receive benefits for COVID-19 claims without proving virus exposure at work, dropping a prior mid-range estimate by $10 billion. In a report published on …

Crest Insurance in Colorado Adds Stephen and Vallino in Employee Benefits

CREST Insurance Group of Colorado has added Lyal Stephen and Dylan Vallino to the fir in the new Ft. Collins location. Both will be producers in the employee benefits division. Lyal was previously a broker at PFS Insurance Group. Dylan …

Earthquake Confirmed in Remote Area of Western Nevada

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.0 shook a remote area of western Nevada Wednesday morning where a stronger temblor occurred last week, The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. Nye County sheriff’s Capt. David Boruchowitz said there were no immediate reports of …

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