California, Nevada Governors Tour Site of Massive Wildfire

The governors of California and Nevada called for more federal firefighting assistance Wednesday as they toured a region blackened by one of several massive wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes in the West. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and California …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/28/624752.htm

Five, Including Cop, Suspect, Killed In Hours-Long Standoff In California

Five people, including a policeman and a suspect, were killed in a shooting incident in Wasco, a city in central California, local authorities said Monday.

Original source: https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/five-killed-in-hours-long-standoff-in-uss-california-2495535

San Francisco Covid cases rose faster than California, Bay Area

84702093The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases increased faster in San Francisco alone in the past week, as compared to the Bay Area and entire state of California, according to new data.

Original source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/san-francisco-covid-cases-rose-faster-than-california-bay-area/articleshow/84702093.cms

Bomb Squad Caused Damaging California Fireworks Explosion, Officials Say

Los Angeles bomb technicians grossly miscalculated the weight of homemade fireworks last month when they detonated them in a containment chamber, likely causing a catastrophic explosion that injured 17 people and rocked a neighborhood, the police chief said Monday. Chief …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/23/624133.htm

Officials: Lightning Likely Caused 2020 California Forest Fire

A lightning strike likely ignited a 2020 wildfire in California’s Sierra National Forest, but the U.S. Forest Service said Friday it could not determine an official cause of the fire. September’s Creek Fire burned 600 square miles and spread so …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/23/624135.htm

California Workers’ Comp Report: Private Self-Insured Indemnity Claim Frequency, Paid & Incurred Losses Spiked in 2020

Workers’ comp claim frequency among California’s private self-insured employers rose in 2020, fueled by a big increase in the incidence of indemnity claims, offsetting a decline in medical-only claim frequency, according to a new report from the California Workers’ Compensation …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/21/623710.htm

California Commissioner Lowers Workers’ Comp Benchmark

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara adopted and issued lower rates for workers’ compensation insurance benchmark rate by 5 cents to $1.41 per $100 of payroll effective Sept. 1. Lara’s decision results in an average advisory pure premium rate that is …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/21/623712.htm

In the Face of a Severe California Wildfire Season, is The Oft-Used ‘Mitigation’ Word Too Little Too Late?

It may have been around 2017 when a true sense of urgency donned on insurers, public officials, residents and regulators in wildfire-prone California, as fires destroyed or damaged more than 10,000 structures in the state, a higher tally than the …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/20/623529.htm

Judge Upholds California Insurance Commissioner’s Order to Expand FAIR Plan Coverage

A Superior Court judge has upheld the California Insurance Commissioner’s authority to order the California FAIR Plan to offer broader coverage options to consumers. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel has upheld California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s authority to …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/20/623560.htm

17 More Arraigned in $822K California Auto Insurance Fraud Ring

Another 17 defendants were arraigned for their alleged involvement in an organized auto insurance fraud ring in California in which dealers reportedly purchased damaged vehicles and then filed inflated claims and even staged thefts, costing insurers a roughly $822,000 loss. …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/16/623199.htm

Newfront and ABD Insurance in California Agree to Merge

California companies Newfront Insurance and ABD Insurance and Financial Services have entered into an agreement to combine. The merger values the combined company, which will be called Newfront, at $1.35 billion and is expected to close by the end of …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/15/622889.htm

California: Dixie fire rages across 1,200 acres, evacuation warning issued

84420236As firefighters struggle to contain exploding wildfires as the heat wave hits the US West, yet another fire has broken out in California’s Butte County. The Dixie fire, which ignited around 5pm on Tuesday, has spread across 1,200 acres, burning towards the north away from populated areas.

Original source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/california-dixie-fire-rages-across-1200-acres-evacuation-warning-issued/articleshow/84420236.cms

California Seeing More Wildfires So Far Than in Disastrous 2020

The number of wildfires and amount of land burned in parched California so far this year greatly exceed totals for the same period in the disastrous wildfire year of 2020. Between Jan. 1 and July 4, there were 4,599 fires …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/09/622022.htm

Cardinal Health And AppleOne Settle California Harassment and Retaliation Suit for $1.45M

Global health care services and products company Cardinal Health will pay $1.45 million to resolve a racial harassment and retaliation discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission. Cardinal Health, along with California-based staffing agency AppleOne, have also …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/09/622067.htm

California Insurance Company Pressing for its ‘Day in Court’

U.S. District Court Judge William B. Shubb granted the motion by the California Department of Insurance to dismiss the lawsuit filed by California Insurance Co. against the CDI. Shubb acted in a manner consistent with his previous decision in the …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/08/621825.htm

Record Closed on California Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Rate Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California wrapped up testimony on Wednesday at a California Department of Insurance public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s Sept. 1, 2021 pure premium rate filing. The filing was submitted to the CDI in April …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/07/621678.htm

PG&E in California Seeks $3.6B in Rate Hikes for Wildfire Safety

Pacific Gas & Electric asked regulators Wednesday to grant a $3.6 billion rate hike to help it pay for hardening its power systems to prevent deadly wildfires. The nation’s largest electric utility requested the hike beginning in 2023, with half …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/02/621216.htm

Fires Engulf California Tourist Spots Ahead Of Holiday Weekend

Hundreds of firefighters on Friday scrambled to contain three wildfires in drought-hit northern California that have scorched nearly 40,000 acres, including a popular tourist lake preparing to welcome…

Original source: https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/fires-engulf-california-tourist-sspots-ahead-of-holiday-weekend-2478147