Lara Faces Challenges to Authority

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is facing new challenges by Applied Underwriters over his actions in the workers’ comp appeals filed by Oceanside and RDR Builders. The Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) … Read More »

Lara Sued Over Applied Underwriters Case Reversals

A writ to strike down California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s overturning of decisions has been filed by two employers in San Francisco Superior Court. The comes on the heels of Lara taking money from people related to Applied Underwriters, meeting with Applied president Steve Menzies, then changing decisions of the Administrative Law Judges. At stake … Read More »

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ALJ Rejects Lara’s Order In Applied Underwriters’ Decision

There is new a conflict between embattled California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Administrative law judges he has been overturning.  Now, an administrative law judge (ALJ) who decided a case challenging Applied Underwriters’ EquityComp program is refusing to change a decision despite being ordered to by Commissioner Lara. Lara issued another order of “non … Read More »

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CDI Cracks Down On ICW’s Practices

The California Department of Insurance has ordered Insurance Company of the West to recalculate an employer’s premiums after finding its original calculation to be based upon unfiled rate information. It is unknown at this time how many other policies ICW applied an unfiled methodology  to and which employers might be owed return premium. But the … Read More »

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Travelers Sues To Overturn CDI Ruling

Travelers Property Casualty Company of America is asking the Los Angeles County Superior Court to overturn a decision by former Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones found that its large deductible program agreements were invalid because they were never filed for approval. The Travelers maintains in its writ of mandamus that “CDI told Travelers that it … Read More »

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Applied Underwriters’ Can’t Force Arbitration

California’s First District Court of Appeal has joined the Fourth District Court of Appeal in finding that Applied Underwriters cannot compel arbitration. There are a ton of cases in which employers in or formerly in Applied Underwriters’ EquityComp program end up in disputes. Applied consistently spends money, according to one attorney, attempting to force arbitration, … Read More »

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