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Group Sues California Commissioner over Public Records of Dealings with Insurance Executives
A non-profit consumer group announced on Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit to compel California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the California Department of Insurance to hand over records of Lara’s meetings and communications with insurance companies. The lawsuit was …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 11:44 PM
California Commissioner, Lawmakers Intro ‘Hardened Homes’ Wildfire Bill Requiring Admitted Market to Offer Coverage
A newly proposed bill would clarify under California law the concept of “hardened homes” that are safer or more resistant to wildfires and then require admitted carriers to cover those homes. California’s insurance commissioner and several lawmakers on Tuesday introduced …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 11:26 PM
RIMS Workshop at University of Southern California Drawing Broader Insurance Professional Audience
A risk professional is no longer merely someone who just focuses on protecting assets, according to Ward Ching, a managing director of the Western region at Aon. Ching not only sees a growing need for risk professionals to realize this …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 7:11 PM
Surplus Line Association of California Elects 2020 Board
The members of the Surplus Line Association of California have elected Terri Moran of Paul Hanson Partners as chair of the SLA board of directors. Moran’s election became official at the SLA annual meetings on Feb. 4 and Feb. 6 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 6:15 PM
Trial Over Arkema Chemical Plant Fire During Harvey Set to Begin
Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in 2017 overwhelmed power systems at Arkema Inc.’s chemical plant in suburban Houston, eventually causing organic peroxides made at the facility to catch fire and explode, sending noxious black smoke into the air. The blaze forced …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 4:24 PM
Arizona Senate Passes Bill Boosting Firefighter Cancer Workers’ Comp Coverage
The Arizona Senate has passed a bill designed to boost protections for firefighters and other first responders who are diagnosed with cancers linked to the workplace. The proposal from Republican Sen. Heather Carter ensures that listed cancers contracted by firefighters …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 3:18 PM
Washington Senate Advances Data Privacy Rules
The Washington Senate has passed a data privacy measure that would give consumers the right to manage how information held by private companies is used. The measure, called the Washington Privacy Act, passed on a bipartisan 46-1 vote and now …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 3:16 PM
Insurance Office of America Merges with New Jersey’s RDA Benefit Services
Insurance Office of America (IOA) has merged with New Jersey-based RDA Benefit Services, owned by Bob and Nancy Damato. The merger became effective Jan. 1, 2020, and further adds to IOA’s growing team in the Northeast region. RDA has served …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 1:35 PM
Massachusetts Chemical Plant Re-Opens a Day After a Series of Explosions
A Massachusetts chemical manufacturing plant re-opened Friday, a day after at least six explosions at the facility forced workers to evacuate and blew a hole in the roof. Seqens North America, formerly PCI Synthesis, in Newburyport, in a statement Friday …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 1:28 PM
Suit Alleges Ex-Pharmacist in Pennsylvania Fired for Not Trying Medical Marijuana
A former Pennsylvania pharmacist is suing the medical marijuana dispensary where she worked on allegations she was fired after refusing to illegally sample the shop’s products. Carol Kopiak, of Wilkes-Barre, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against her former employer Justice Grown, …

POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2020 1:25 PM

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