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04.17.2014
12:29pm
SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho
p Overland Park, Kan.-based SeaFire Insurance Services is seeking new agency partners in Oregon and Idaho for its auto dealer and repair insurance program. SeaFire will consider appointments for retail insurance agencies with scale, brand, resources and auto dealer expertise. Agents can … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326744.htm" SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.17.2014
12:11pm
San Francisco Considers Ending Ban Renting Homes
p San Francisco lawmakers are considering making it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported. Supervisor David Chiu introduced legislation … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326727.htm" San Francisco Considers Ending Ban Renting Homes /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.17.2014
11:57am
Leavitt Group s Redwoods Hires Hodge in Northern California
p Dawn E. Hodge has joined the Leavitt Group s Redwoods office and will focus on commercial insurance. Prior to joining the agency, Hodge spent eight years with a personal lines not-for-profit insurance automobile club. She also worked as a claims adjuster representing Phoenix, … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326723.htm" Leavitt Group s Redwoods Hires Hodge in Northern California /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.17.2014
11:51am
Oregon Lawsuit Over Translation That Sent Medics To Wrong Spot
p A wrongful death lawsuit filed in Portland, Ore. alleges that a 911 Spanish language interpreter botched the translation of an address, sending medics to the wrong place after a caller reported that a young woman could not breathe. The Oregonian … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326717.htm" Oregon Lawsuit Over Translation That Sent Medics To Wrong Spot /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.17.2014
11:48am
SierraSpecialty Taps Hennesay as Wholesale Broker in California
p Wholesaler and managing general agent SierraSpecialty named Keri Hennesay as a surplus lines broker to its team in Clovis, Calif. Hennesay has been in the insurance industry for 26 years and has experience working as a retail agent, as well … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/17/326711.htm" SierraSpecialty Taps Hennesay as Wholesale Broker in California /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.16.2014
7:54pm
Rescission Decision Averts 43M in Damages in California Case
p Attorneys representing Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. averting what could have been a 43 million payout in damages this week characterized the California court case a cautionary tale for insurers. The case is Heide Kurtz v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., et al., and … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326656.htm" Rescission Decision Averts 43M in Damages in California Case /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.16.2014
12:08pm
Montana Governor Wants Disaster Declaration Over Flooding
p Gov. Steve Bullock is asking President Barack Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for Montana due to widespread flooding and ice jams last month. Bullock’s letter, dated Friday, explains that unusually high amounts of precipitation fell over the winter … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326496.htm" Montana Governor Wants Disaster Declaration Over Flooding /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.16.2014
11:28am
Dog Attack Prompts Oregon Mail Carrier Suit
p An Oregon postal worker seeks more than 180,000 in a lawsuit filed against the owner of a dog that allegedly attacked her. The Register-Guard newspaper reported that Kristin Joachim’s suit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court. The court document … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326483.htm" Dog Attack Prompts Oregon Mail Carrier Suit /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.16.2014
11:25am
California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom
p The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands. He’s buying a drilling rig for 1 million to make … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326480.htm" California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.16.2014
11:23am
Atlas Taps Horton as Western Region Vice President of Marketing
p Atlas General Insurance Services LLC named Matt Horton vice president of marketing for its Western region. In his new role, Horton will be responsible for developing Atlas current agency base and managing distribution in the Western region, with a special … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326476.htm" Atlas Taps Horton as Western Region Vice President of Marketing /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.16.2014
11:22am
LP Insurance in Nevada Names Cisneros Chief Risk Officer
p Reno, Nev.-based Insurance Services Inc. named David Cisneros its chief risk officer. As chief risk officer Cisneros responsibilities include leading the risk management services division consisting of risk control, claims management, risk transfer and legal support management, benefits compliance consult … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/16/326474.htm" LP Insurance in Nevada Names Cisneros Chief Risk Officer /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.15.2014
12:32pm
Gas Tax Causes 500M Shortfall in Oregon Transportation Funding
p People are driving less, and their vehicles have become more fuel efficient. While those might be considered positive trends, a potential decline in gas-tax revenue is one reason the Oregon Department of Transportation says it is on track to spend … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/15/326333.htm" Gas Tax Causes 500M Shortfall in Oregon Transportation Funding /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.15.2014
12:29pm
Hawaii License Suit Not Inclined To Be Dismissed By Judge
p A federal judge is not inclined to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Hawaii discriminates against those with limited English skills by making it difficult for them to obtain a driver’s license. U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in court documents … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/15/326329.htm" Hawaii License Suit Not Inclined To Be Dismissed By Judge /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.15.2014
12:12pm
Southern California Agent Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme
p Michael Zuno Zuniga, 43, of Fullerton, was sentenced to five years in Los Angeles County Jail and ordered to pay 1.2 million in restitution for his participation in a Ponzi scheme targeting Los Angeles area seniors. Zuniga was arrested in … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/15/326319.htm" Southern California Agent Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.15.2014
12:05pm
NFP Names Merk Vice President in California
p National Financial Partners Corp. P&C California has hired Sue Merk as vice president of business development in California. Merk will focus on expanding and cultivating cross sell opportunities for NFP s California region. Merk has more than 25 years of commercial … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/15/326313.htm" NFP Names Merk Vice President in California /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.15.2014
12:04pm
EPIC in California Names Gonthier Chief Financial Officer
p Edgewood Partners Insurance Center named Michael Gonthier chief financial officer. Elaine Andrian, EPIC’s current CFO, will now focus on merger and acquisition strategy and diligence. Gonthier will be responsible for overseeing all finance and accounting, human resources and information technology functions across … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/15/326308.htm" EPIC in California Names Gonthier Chief Financial Officer /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.14.2014
1:34pm
U.S. Agencies Join Probe of Fatal California FedEx/Bus Crash
p FedEx Corp. will be in the spotlight of U.S. safety investigations operating alongside local law enforcement inquiries after a fiery truck-bus collision killed 10 people in California. Two federal agencies said that they were joining the probe into the April … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/14/326244.htm" U.S. Agencies Join Probe of Fatal California FedEx/Bus Crash /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.14.2014
11:52am
Rideshare Companies Object to Seattle Regulations
p Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft are leading a campaign to undo new regulations adopted by the Seattle City Council. The rules require them to meet to meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi companies. They also limit each … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/14/326223.htm" Rideshare Companies Object to Seattle Regulations /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.14.2014
11:42am
49ers Stadium Death Results in 37K Fine for Steel Company
p California officials have fined a steel company nearly 37,000 in connection with the death of a worker at the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium. Edward Lake II, a truck driver with Gerdau Reinforcing Steel West, was crushed … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/14/326213.htm" 49ers Stadium Death Results in 37K Fine for Steel Company /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.13.2014
7:40pm
Widows of Arizona Firefighters File Additional Claims
p Two Granite Mountain Hotshots’ families are seeking to obtain additional death benefits from a state retirement system for public safety workers. The widows of Andrew Ashcraft and William Warneke filed claims last month with the city of Prescott, stating their … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/13/326038.htm" Widows of Arizona Firefighters File Additional Claims /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.13.2014
7:37pm
Crack In Washington Dam May Be From Water Pressure
p Pressure from the water behind Wanapum Dam may have contributed to the big crack that has disrupted operations at the structure, the Grant County Public Utility District said. The cause of the crack remains unknown, but the utility said it … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/13/326036.htm" Crack In Washington Dam May Be From Water Pressure /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.11.2014
11:46am
Committee OKs Colorado Bill to Regulate Ridesharing Companies
p Colorado lawmakers advanced legislation to regulate transportation companies that use cellphone apps to connect riders to drivers on their personal cars. The legislation would put companies like UberX and Lyft under the purview of the state’s public utilities commission, which … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/11/326086.htm" Committee OKs Colorado Bill to Regulate Ridesharing Companies /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.10.2014
7:27pm
California Cruise: More Than 100 Sick
p More than 100 passengers have contracted the contagious norovirus on a ship touring the California coast, however the cruise line said Thursday it doesn t plan to end the voyage early. Some 104 passengers and 25 crew members on the Crown … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/10/326034.htm" California Cruise: More Than 100 Sick /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.10.2014
7:21pm
Colorado Governor Directs Flood-Repair Funds, Crisis Counseling
p Gov. John Hickenlooper says 13 million from a state lottery fund will be used to help restore parks, trails and open spaces damaged by last year’s floods. Hickenlooper and officials of lottery-supported Great Outdoors Colorado traveled on Wednesday to Lyons, … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/10/326032.htm" Colorado Governor Directs Flood-Repair Funds, Crisis Counseling /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.10.2014
7:17pm
Washington Insurance Commissioner Fines Insurance Producers
p Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued fines totaling 23,050 against insurance companies, agents and brokers who violated state insurance regulations. The disciplinary actions and fines were levied from Feb. 10 through March 10. Following are the commissioner s findings, and the … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/10/326030.htm" Washington Insurance Commissioner Fines Insurance Producers /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.10.2014
11:54am
Comedian George Wallace Awarded 1.3M in Vegas lawsuit
p A Nevada jury has awarded 1.3 million in damages to comedian George Wallace for a leg injury he said he suffered while performing at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007. The split decision in a civil negligence and personal … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/10/325962.htm" Comedian George Wallace Awarded 1.3M in Vegas lawsuit /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.10.2014
11:50am
Tumbleweeds Overrun Drought-Riddled Areas of Colorado
p An expected effect of drought has caught parts of the West off guard. Mini-storms of tumbleweed have invaded the drought-stricken prairie of southern Colorado, blocking rural roads and irrigation canals, and briefly barricading homes and an elementary school. The invasion … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/10/325960.htm" Tumbleweeds Overrun Drought-Riddled Areas of Colorado /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.09.2014
7:30pm
California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies
p Transportation Network Companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should bear the insurance burden when they encourage drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a profit, according to recommendations made Wednesday from California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/09/325918.htm" California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.09.2014
1:59pm
California Commissioner: TNCs Responsible for Insurance
p Updated story: California Commissioner Wants Insurance Burden on Ridesharing Companies Transportation Network Companies like such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should bear the insurance burden when they encourage non-professional drivers to use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/09/325913.htm" California Commissioner: TNCs Responsible for Insurance /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p
 
04.09.2014
12:53pm
Recruiting Allstate in Colorado Will Pay for Refers
p Under its effort to continue expanding across Colorado, Allstate says it will appoint 24 new agency owners in the state this year and it will offer to pay people for referring qualified candidates. Including support staff the expansion is expected to create at … /p p The article a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/09/325904.htm" Recruiting Allstate in Colorado Will Pay for Refers /a appeared first on a rel "nofollow" href "http://www.insurancejournal.com" Insurance Journal /a . /p