CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1997
Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush on Monday blasted insurance companies that have refused to pay for Northridge earthquake damage because of a one-year time limit, saying they are hiding behind an incorrect reading of the law, abusing consumers and using a stalling tactic to avoid paying fair claims. Unlike floods or tornadoes, Quackenbush said, quake damage is often hidden and takes longer to detect.
May 24, 1985 |
The United Steelworkers union has asked a court to forbid Prudential Insurance Co. from refusing to pay health benefits claims to employees of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp., which has filed for bankruptcy court protection from creditors. The union filed suit in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court seeking to force Prudential to pay claims for sickness, accident, dental, visual or life benefits.
July 20, 1989 |
Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp and consumer groups banded together Wednesday to charge that insurance providers have not proven that they need hardship exemptions from the rate rollbacks ordered by voters under Proposition 103. Van de Kamp put the objections in a formal petition that calls on Insurance Commissioner Roxani M. Gillespie to deny exemptions sought by hundreds of firms that sell insurance in California. He announced his position at press conferences in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
November 12, 1995 |
QUESTION: Our homeowner association has fewer than 50 units, so our board seems to think that it does not have to operate in an organized manner. It does not meet on a regular basis. It allows a brief period for homeowners' comments before meetings but does not allow participation in its discussions or decisions. The board has declined to file insurance claims even though we all share in the cost of the insurance policies. Can it block the submission of insurance claims?
January 27, 2002 |
The chairman of an international commission created to resolve Holocaust-era insurance disputes has extended its deadline for submitting claims until the end of September, amid continuing tumult about whether the group can fulfill its mandate. Lawrence S.
July 25, 1991 |
A Bonita couple has won a $12-million judgment against an insurance company that denied their 1987 claim for structural damage to their home. A Superior Court jury here ordered the Transamerica Insurance Co. to pay Denise and Dominick Tomaselli $11.3 million in punitive damages, $500,000 in compensatory damages and $260,000 to fulfill the claim, said Jack Winters, the couple's attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1995 |
When his first emu died in a fight with its disinterested mate, owner Richard C. Skorka of San Juan Capistrano absorbed the $25,000 loss. But when his second emu died of kidney disease, and a third jumped out of its pen, caught its toe in the fence and died of suffocation, Skorka filed claims with his insurance company. On Thursday, Skorka filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court alleging the insurance company has refused to pay.
May 21, 1992 |
Insurance claims from the Los Angeles riots will reach an estimated $775 million, industry officials said Wednesday, making the disturbances the costliest civil unrest in American history and the fifth-costliest U.S. catastrophe of any kind. More than 6,000 damage claims--the vast majority on commercial property--have been filed since the outbreak of violence that began with the Rodney King verdict on April 29, according to an industry survey.
June 5, 1992 |
Even though the Legislature is considering repeal of the state's new residential earthquake insurance program, the first claims payments have begun going out to nearly 2,000 victims of April's Desert Hot Springs and Humboldt County quakes. But even if the program is repealed, as Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi and Gov. Pete Wilson have sought, claims from those temblors will be honored because they occurred while the coverage existed, a spokesman for Garamendi said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1993 |
Monday was a brisk day for insurance firms around Orange County as scores of homeowners called to report damage from the fierce storms that lashed the region. At the insurance office of Cal Shores in Lake Forest, a few policy holders phoned to relate how their houses were hit by the twister that danced across the community with the aplomb of a freight train.