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Increase in California Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Sent to Department of Insurance
August 18, 2017
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has submitted its Jan. 1, 2018 pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.01 per $100 of payroll. That WCIRB’S proposed ra …

Georgia Fines Company Behind Deadly Leak at Sperm Bank $302K
August 18, 2017
A deadly February 2017 industrial gas leak at a sperm bank in Augusta, Ga. was caused by the over-pressurization of a bulk storage tank, according to findings from an investigation by state inspectors released Thursday by Insurance and Safety Fire … …

Liotta Named Chairman of Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission
August 18, 2017
Gov. Mary Fallin has named Mark Liotta as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Liotta, a former state representative from Tulsa, succeeds Robert Gilliland, whose term on the commission expires Aug. 25. Liotta’s appointment as ch …

Federal Appeals Court Voids Exxon Pipeline Safety Order
August 18, 2017
An appeals court has voided an order that would have required Exxon Mobil to revise its pipeline safety procedures after a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order in 2015, and it …

Wisconsin Officials: State Law Prevents Fire Sprinkler Rule Enforcement
August 18, 2017
Wisconsin officials say a state law prevents them from enforcing a fire sprinklers rule that fire officials say is one of the best ways to save lives. The 7-year-old rule requires sprinklers be installed into new apartment buildings that have …

Ex-Esurance Worker in South Dakota Sues Over Alleged Discrimination
August 18, 2017
A former Esurance call center worker in South Dakota is suing the insurance company alleging discrimination and harassment because he’s Jewish. The Argus Leader reports that Brandon Marshall filed the federal lawsuit on Aug. 15. Marshall claims his s …

Louisiana Governor Seeking Homeowner Flood Grant Expansion
August 18, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he wants to broaden Louisiana’s flood aid program to include homeowners whose flood insurance proceeds didn’t cover their rebuilding costs and to boost grant amounts. Initial limits setting homeowner eligibility for th …

New North Dakota Laws Address Producer Conduct, Customer Gifts, More
August 18, 2017
North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread has said that since taking office at the beginning of this year he has focused on ensuring the agency he runs is available and responsive to insurance consumers, producers and companies alike. As part …

Industrial Insurer HDI Global Forms Excess Surplus Lines Carrier
August 18, 2017
Industrial insurer HDI Global Insurance Co. (HDI) has formed an excess and surplus lines subsidiary, HDI Specialty Insurance Co. The new platform will “bring European expertise and solutions” to the alternative energy, private public partnerships (P3 …

Pennsylvania Selects Commissioner Miller to Lead Department of Human Services
August 18, 2017
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has selected Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to lead the state’s Department of Human Services, effective August 21. He simultaneously announced in an email to state employees that Jessica Altman will serve as Mille …

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