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California Safety Board Oks Regulation to Protect Workers from Wildfire Smoke
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has adopted an emergency regulation designed to protect workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke. The regulation is expected to go into effect in early August and be effective for one year. …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:06 PM
Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Expands Commercial Auto into Delaware, Kentucky, D.C.
Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies have expanded its commercial automobile product into Delaware, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. The company’s policy is designed for local and intermediate travel exposures up to a 200-mile radius. The commercial auto product is …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:00 PM
Going to Monte Carlo for the Rendezvous? What’s It Like?
Have you been to the Reinsurance Rendezvous in Monte Carlo? What would you tell someone thinking of going for the first time about the experience? Carrier Management is looking to compile stories and advice from professionals who have been to …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:46 PM
Illinois Medical Instrument Sterilization Plant to Reopen with Emission Control Equipment
The operator of a closed suburban Chicago plant where medical instruments were sterilized with a cancer-causing chemical has reached an agreement with the state of Illinois that will allow the plant to reopen, both sides announced on July 12. Attorney …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:45 PM
CoreLogic Estimates Barry Flood, Wind Losses at $500M to $900M
The total cost of losses from damage caused by Hurricane Barry will likely fall between $500 million and $900 million, Irvine, California-based property information and data analytics provider CoreLogic says. CoreLogic estimates Barry-related flood loss for residential and commercial properties …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:20 PM
Judge Permits Short-Term Health Plans in Blow to Obamacare Supporters
The Trump administration can expand the sale of short-term health insurance policies that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act, a federal judge ruled, advancing the government’s efforts to undo Obamacare. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 4:13 PM
PTSD Coverage for First Responders Left Out of Ohio Workers’ Comp Budget
Lawmakers have approved a two-year budget for Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers after missing the initial deadline at the end of June and covering the gap with a temporary budget. The nearly $645 million funding measure for the Bureau …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 3:55 PM
Berkshire Hathaway’s Applied Underwriters Settles Workers’ Comp Dispute with New York
Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary Applied Underwriters will voluntarily halt the selling of a reinsurance-based, loss-sensitive workers’ compensation product in New York under an agreement with the state regulator who first raised questions about the product three years ago. Applied Underwriters will …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 3:49 PM
Arizona Suit Names Former Opioid Manufacturer Executives
Arizona’s top attorney is accusing former opioid manufacturer executives of trying to sell a prescription drug through unethical means. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office filed a consumer fraud lawsuit Wednesday against Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics Inc. The state …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 2:39 PM
Nevada Wants Feds to Restudy Seismic Risk at Nuke Dump Site
Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation’s most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 2:35 PM

West News – Insurance Journal

California Safety Board Oks Regulation to Protect Workers from Wildfire Smoke
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has adopted an emergency regulation designed to protect workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke. The regulation is expected to go into effect in early August and be effective for one year. …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 5:06 PM
Arizona Suit Names Former Opioid Manufacturer Executives
Arizona’s top attorney is accusing former opioid manufacturer executives of trying to sell a prescription drug through unethical means. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office filed a consumer fraud lawsuit Wednesday against Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics Inc. The state …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 2:39 PM
Nevada Wants Feds to Restudy Seismic Risk at Nuke Dump Site
Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation’s most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 2:35 PM
Report: California Private Self-Insured Employers Comp Claim Frequency Rose Last Year
Workers’ compensation claim frequency reported by private self-insured employers in California rose last year, as the incidence of both indemnity and medical-only claims rose from the 2017 levels, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute reported. This is the second consecutive year …

POSTED JULY 19, 2019 2:30 PM
Consumer Group Gives California Insurance Commissioner to Month’s End for Contributions Records
A watchdog group has given California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara until July 31 to produce public records related to meetings with insurance industry representatives who reportedly gave him $54,300 in campaign contributions. Santa Monica, Calif.-based Consumer Watchdog on Thursday issued …

POSTED JULY 18, 2019 9:44 PM
United Valley Adds Financial Management Network in Southern California
United Valley Insurance Services Inc. has added Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Financial Management Network as a member. FMN is a wealth management advisory firm, and has a focus on providing coverage reviews for their financial planning clientele. United Valley Insurance Services …

POSTED JULY 18, 2019 8:05 PM
Wyoming Refinery Sued over Environmental Violations
The Wyoming attorney general’s office has sued an oil refinery, claiming it exceeded emission limits for a number of air pollutants. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the state filed the lawsuit last week against HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, alleging 17 …

POSTED JULY 18, 2019 3:11 PM
Deaths from Nevada Car Crashes Down in June from 2018 Rates
Fewer people died in car crashes on Nevada roads in June than they did a year earlier, according to state data. The Nevada Department of Public Safety reported 16 deaths from 16 crashes in June, which is almost half as …

POSTED JULY 18, 2019 3:00 PM
California Cannabis Seller Wants Court to Void County Delivery Ban
Another legal fight is underway over home marijuana delivery in California. A licensed cannabis company has sued Santa Cruz County, claiming that it’s violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas. The East …

POSTED JULY 18, 2019 2:58 PM
California Settles 19-Year Old Public Nuisance Claim Against Lead Paint Makers
When Californian counties and cities first sued paint makers in 2000, they wanted the companies to pay billions to remove dangerous old lead paint from hundreds of thousands of homes. After a 19-year legal struggle, they have finally succeeded in …

POSTED JULY 18, 2019 5:00 AM

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