California Bail Industry Keeps Premiums High, Lawsuit Alleges

Article 0 Comments A lawsuit filed on behalf of bail customers claims surety companies and agents in California conspire to keep premiums high. The Los Angeles Times reported public-interest groups filed the suit this week in Alameda County against more than 20 companies and agents. It alleges the defendants work […]

California Could Require Businesses to Offer E-Receipts Under New Bill

Article 0 Comments California would become the first state to require businesses to offer electronic receipts unless customers ask for paper copies under legislation proposed this week. Many businesses and consumers already are moving toward e-receipts, said Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco. But he said a law is […]

California Jury Rules Disease Expert Must Pay $105M to Cancer Victim

Article 0 Comments A California man convicted of practicing medicine without a license must pay more than $105 million to a woman who said he falsely promised to cure her breast cancer. KNSD-TV says San Diego jurors decided Wednesday that Robert O. Young must pay medical expenses and damages. Young […]

Report: Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Fell in California After Reforms

Article 0 Comments Medical payments per claim with more than seven days of lost time in California decreased after the implementation of workers’ comp reform for claims with experience through March 2017, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The state passed sweeping workers’ comp reform […]

New Report Shows California’s Share of Payroll, Workers’ Comp

Article 0 Comments Californians accounted for 11.9 percent of all jobs covered by workers’ compensation in the U.S. in 2016, 13.9 percent of covered payroll and 19.6 percent of all cash and medical benefits paid for work injuries and illnesses, according to the National Academy of Social Insurance. The California […]

California Bracing for High Winds, Increased Wildfire Danger

Article 0 Comments Potentially powerful winds combined with dry weather are raising the threat of wildfires in California. State firefighters say they are preparing for potential extreme fire weather early in the week. The National Weather Service has issued warnings for increased fire risk across a swath of northern California […]

Cracks Close San Francisco Building, Snarl Traffic for Salesforce Event

Article 0 Comments San Francisco’s financial district, usually jammed with traffic during Salesforce.com Inc.’s annual Dreamforce conference, has been thrown into chaos after a new transportation terminal, named for the software company, was closed through next week. Authorities found cracks in two steel beams supporting the city’s new $2.2 billion […]

J&J Talc Supplier Settles in California Asbestos Case

Article 0 Comments A unit of Imerys SA agreed to settle a California woman’s lawsuit blaming asbestos-tainted talc for causing her cancer as a jury prepares to weigh similar claims against Johnson & Johnson. A judge in Pasadena, California, announced Monday that Imerys Talc America resolved Carolyn Weirick’s claims that […]

California’s Governor: Insurance Fared Better in Wildfires Bill

Article 1 Comments California lawmakers didn’t go as far as Governor Jerry Brown wanted to address potential liabilities for utilities from wildfires, and the governor said that “it’s hard to say” if they ever would. Brown, citing longstanding practice, declined to say if he would sign the bill passed last […]

California’s Plan for PG&E Bonds to Cover Fire Damages in Final Stages

Article 0 Comments California is finalizing the details of a plan that could let PG&E Corp. issue bonds to cover potential damages from wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes last year. The details are still being worked out, and a proposal may be issued by Tuesday night, state Senator Bill […]