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California Chamber and 2 Workers’ Comp Groups File Brief in Utilization Review Case
June 23, 2017
The California Workers’ Compensation Institute, the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Coalition of Workers’ Compensation have filed a joint amicus brief in Stevens v. WCAB, the long-running court case that challenged the constitutiona …

Wine Named Securities Head, Shultz Asst. Commissioner at Kansas Insurance Dept.
June 23, 2017
John Wine, current assistant commissioner at the Kansas Insurance Department (KID), has been named securities commissioner within the department, and Clark Shultz has been tapped as Wine’s successor as assistant commissioner. The administrative chang …

Watkins Insurance Group Expanding to Georgetown, Texas
June 23, 2017
Watkins Insurance Group announced it is expanding to Georgetown, Texas, and plans to build a new location in the city’s historic downtown. The new building, to be located at 815 South Main Street, will be a two-story development that will …

Texas Mutual Promotes Green-Hinojosa, Scott to VP Positions
June 23, 2017
Austin-based workers’ compensation insurance provider Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has promoted Amy Green-Hinojosa to vice president of the project management office and Nathan Scott to vice president of investments. Green-Hinojosa joined Texas Mutual …

Texas Stamping Office: Surplus Lines Insurance Premium Up for 2017
June 23, 2017
Data collected by the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) shows that insurance premium amounts recorded in May 2017 are higher than totals recorded in May of 2016 or 2015. The information was presented at the second-quarter SLTX board …

Partners Specialty Group Adds Swett & Crawford’s Coelho in Kansas City
June 23, 2017
Partners Specialty Group Inc., an AmWINS Group Co., has added Michael Coelho to its property team. He is based in Kansas City, Mo. With almost 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Coelho specializes in protection for challenging property …

Missouri Becomes 3rd State to Sue Opioid Manufacturers
June 23, 2017
Missouri on June 21 became the third U.S. state to accuse major drug manufacturers of fraudulently misrepresenting the risks of opioid painkillers now at the center of a national addiction epidemic. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said his offi …

Zenefits to Pay $3.4M for Fair Labor Act Violations in California and Arizona
June 23, 2017
Zenefits is in trouble with another government regulator. San Francisco, Calif.-based Zenefits FTW Insurance Services violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying 743 account executives and sales development representatives in San Francisc …

California Judge Will Let San Francisco Subpoena Uber for Driver Information
June 23, 2017
A California state judge said that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ridesharing company’s driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelli …

United Valley Adds 2 Members in Southern California
June 23, 2017
United Valley has added Goodwin Insurance Agency Inc. of Redlands, Calif. and RBP Insurance Services Inc. of Valencia, Calif. to its network. Goodwin Insurance, which was founded in 2004 by agency owners Glenn Goodwin, Nick Goodwin and Holly Grimm, p …

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