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January 24, 2006 | Marc Lifsher
Farmers Insurance Group has agreed to pay a $1-million fine to settle charges that it mishandled about 350 claims filed by policyholders from 2001 to 2004, the California Department of Insurance said. The majority of the consumer complaints involved delays in investigations and payments of pending automobile and homeowner insurance claims at the Los Angeles-based company, the department said. A Farmers spokeswoman said the fine was related to "administrative and reporting issues."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Starting next Monday, the California Employment Development Department will process all unemployment insurance claims by Ventura County residents over the telephone. Ventura and San Diego counties are the test areas for a new system that will eventually handle all unemployment insurance claims statewide by phone.
REAL ESTATE
November 21, 2004 | From Times wire reports
Water causes nearly a half-billion dollars of insured damage inside California homes each year, according to a continuing study by the Insurance Information Network of California. The number of household water damage claims is on the decline, but the average cost of water claims continues to climb. The 81,518 claims reported by the companies surveyed resulted in $428.5 million in insured losses in 2003, the first decline in costs since water claims data became available in 1997.
REAL ESTATE
January 8, 2006 | From Times wire reports
A national coalition dedicated to preparing Americans for natural disasters recently launched a California affiliate in Sherman Oaks, pledging to create a fund for people without enough insurance. James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and retired Adm. James M. Loy, former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, co-chair the national coalition ProtectingAmerica.org. The new affiliate, ProtectingCalifornia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2001 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Multiple pleas were made Tuesday urging homeowners to meet the Dec. 31 deadline to reopen claims stemming from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Policyholders unsatisfied with the outcome of insurance claims submitted before Jan. 1, 2001, have less than two weeks to file a lawsuit against their insurance company. A state law, which resulted from passage of Senate Bill 1899, lifts the typical one-year statute of limitations that homeowners have to sue insurers over the handling of their claims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A federal grand jury has indicted six people on charges of falsifying claims for unemployment insurance. The residents from the San Joaquin area were charged with possession of stolen Social Security numbers in an 80-count indictment as part of an ongoing investigation into phony unemployment insurance claims. Last week, 13 people, most from the Sanger-Reedley area, were named in an 84-count indictment charging conspiracy, mail fraud, identity theft and money laundering.
BUSINESS
September 6, 1985
The insurance group said it lost $259 million underwriting insurance that year, more than four times the $59 million that it lost the year before. Under its unusual accounting methods, Lloyd's keeps its accounts open for three years to ensure that all insurance claims arising from its policies are fully reflected. The insurance market was at its ebb in 1982, when a stream of casualty and general liability claims, particularly from the United States, put profits under pressure.
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