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March 23, 2001 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance Group--the nation's No. 3 auto and home insurer--is hoping to fuel ambitious expansion plans with the help of the nation's biggest bank and the world's largest labor federation. Farmers this week announced partnerships with Bank of America and Ulico Insurance Group, a company that provides commercial insurance to the AFL-CIO and other unions representing more than 16 million workers.
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BUSINESS
February 27, 2001 | From Reuters
Mutual fund manager Scudder Kemper Investments took a $6-million hit last month to bail out a money market fund that invested in California's troubled utilities. And more investment companies are expected to follow suit. That's because so many have held securities in Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International and PG&E Corp.'s Pacific Gas & Electric, both of which defaulted on payments in January and have been perilously close to bankruptcy.
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October 8, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu and Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Farmers Group Inc., a Los Angeles-based insurance management firm, and its Swiss corporate parent Thursday agreed to pay $455 million to 13 million current and former policyholders to settle a 2003 lawsuit that accused them of charging excessive fees to customers. The settlement, if approved by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, would resolve all claims dating back to 1999. Payments to people who purchased Farmers home, automobile, personal liability and commercial property coverage are expected to average $35, but individual settlements could vary considerably, Farmers Group said.
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January 9, 2002 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Farmers Insurance Group of Cos. has applied for a premium increase of 6.9% for homeowner insurance--its fifth rate hike request in California in two years and one that has sparked outrage from consumer advocates. If granted, the increase would mean customers of the state's second-largest insurer would pay on average 37% more for homeowner insurance than they did in January 2000.
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May 14, 2004 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
California employers are likely to see lower insurance premiums now that the state has overhauled its costly workers' compensation system -- but they'll have to be patient. A veteran business lobbyist warned Thursday that the cost savings that analysts were projecting from the overhaul signed into law April 19 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably would not be reflected in workers' comp premiums anytime soon.
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October 31, 2003 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
Insurers and the analysts who follow them said Thursday that the industry appears well able to absorb the costs of the wildfires sweeping Southern California, even though the insured loss may well exceed the record $1.7 billion in claims when the scenic hills above Oakland and Berkeley went up in flames Oct. 20, 1991. "Catastrophes are priced into insurance premiums," said Bill Sirola, a spokesman for State Farm General Insurance Co.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. may pay more than $1 billion for a 3.5% stake in News Corp.'s Sky Global Networks, the world's No. 1 satellite TV company, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The world's biggest software maker and Rupert Murdoch's media group are in talks that "are progressing smoothly," the paper said. Spokesmen Rick Miller at Microsoft and Andrew Butcher at News Corp. wouldn't comment.
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March 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Zurich American Insurance Co. has agreed to pay nearly $172 million in a deal with nine states to settle allegations of bid rigging and price fixing in the commercial insurance market, state officials said Sunday. Policyholders in all 50 states would receive $151.7 million in refunds, said Mark Tobey, a lawyer with the Texas attorney general's office.
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October 24, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Insurance adjusters and company executives began hitting Southern California in full force Tuesday, beginning the complex job of assessing fire damage and helping homeowners and renters deal with claims. By early afternoon, the state's biggest home insurer, State Farm General, and No. 2 Farmers Insurance Group said they'd received more than 2,100 claims from calls to toll-free numbers, contacts with agents and visits to field offices.
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August 6, 2002 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state of Texas filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Monday against Farmers Group of Insurance Cos., alleging the Los Angeles company charged Texas policyholders higher premiums to pay for disasters in other states, improperly used credit histories to set rates and wrongly limited coverage for water damage.
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