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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1997 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles jury Wednesday awarded a North Hills woman $65,000 after finding 20th Century Insurance guilty of breach of contract and bad faith in its handling of the earthquake damage claim on her home. Renee Zabel, who has lived in her home for 34 years, filed a damage claim shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake. 20th Century sent out a claims adjuster who inspected Zabel's home and, after allowing for deductibles in her policy, paid her about $13,000 to cover damages.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1997
A Los Angeles jury Wednesday awarded a North Hills woman $65,000 after finding 20th Century Insurance guilty of breach of contract and bad faith in its handling of the earthquake damage claim on her home. Renee Zabel, who has lived in her home for 34 years, filed a damage claim shortly after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. 20th Century sent a claims adjuster who inspected Zabel's home and, after allowing for deductibles in her policy, paid her about $13,000 to cover damages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997 | BARRY STAVRO
A Superior Court judge Thursday denied 20th Century Insurance's motion to force an executive of a nonprofit earthquake consumer group to turn over a list of thousands of names of homeowners who had either attended its meetings or later joined the organization. 20th Century Insurance had asked George Kehrer, head of Community Assisting Recovery (CARe) in Northridge, to produce a list of its members, sign-up sheets and other documents relating to its group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1997 | DADE HAYES
On the eve of the third anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, some homeowners plan to gather for a candlelight vigil tonight at the Woodland Hills headquarters of 20th Century Insurance to protest the company's handling of their quake claims. Organizers from the group Community Assisting Recovery, or CARe, maintain that too many claims have been denied or ignored in the past three years.
BUSINESS
December 25, 1996 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
20th Century Insurance, which was almost knocked out of business by $1 billion in Northridge earthquake insurance damage claims, has decided to resume offering homeowners earthquake insurance. 20th Century will offer earthquake insurance as an option to its remaining 68,000 homeowner policyholders as of Feb. 15. This quake coverage will not be part of the new California Earthquake Authority.
NEWS
November 17, 1996 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost three years after the Northridge earthquake caused the most costly urban disaster in U.S. history, the first among hundreds of insurance claim lawsuits just now are reaching trial and several thousand other quake damage claims remain unsettled outside the courts. The long wait for resolution has left many homeowners embittered and frustrated as they live in severely damaged houses and deal with lingering uncertainty. And even a courtroom victory can feel a lot like losing.
BUSINESS
October 22, 1996 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
20th Century Industries has agreed to a $500,000 settlement of a shareholder lawsuit that alleged mismanagement of the company's earthquake insurance coverage. The Woodland Hills-based parent of 20th Century Insurance has agreed to pay attorneys for shareholders who filed the suit up to $500,000. And the company agreed to set up an ad hoc committee of its board of directors to review its catastrophic-loss policies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1996 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seminal consumer activist and current Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader will speak today at 7:30 p.m. about earthquake insurance reform at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society church in North Hills. Nader was invited by Community Assisting Recovery (CARe), a nonprofit group set up after the Northridge earthquake to help homeowners settle their earthquake claims against insurance companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996
Each arrived at 20th Century Insurance Co.'s headquarters in Woodland Hills with an individual tale of woe: an earthquake-damaged house unrepaired after 900-plus days, furniture and rugs ruined by asbestos, an insurance claim of $175,000 that remains unsettled. All 40 members of the Northridge-based group CARe, or Community Assisting Recovery, identified a common culprit: 20th Century.
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