State of California takes over control of former Berkshire insurance unit

Berkshire Insurance Unit - Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway

The Department of Insurance said that it never gave its approval to the sale of the company. The California Department of Insurance have seized a former Berkshire insurance unit. The regulators claim that the sale of California Insurance Co. was in violation of state regulations. This is the latest step in the ongoing controversy regarding the sale of the unit. Earlier this week, the California Department of Insurance said that it had not given its approval to the sale of the Berkshire insurance unit with Applied Underwriters, a workers’ compensation…

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California homeowners insurance policies are becoming fewer and farther between

California Homeowners Insurance Policies - House Fire - Fire fighters

As the state prepares for another dangerous wildfire season, coverage is in the spotlight. California homeowners insurance policies are becoming a serious subject at the moment. With the approach of the wildfire season, a growing number of property owners are losing their coverage. That said, the issue of spiking premiums and reduced availability isn’t anything new. A recent New York Times report looked at the issue of California homeowners insurance policies. It examined the way the state has been trying to manage these challenges for a long time. It pointed…

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Californians received $17.3 million in lost life insurance benefits in 2017 alone

Life insurance benefits - US Money

Residents of the state are being advised to use an official tool to check if they are owed money. In 2017, residents of California received $17.3 million from lost life insurance benefits. This is a striking reminder to Californians to find out whether they might be beneficiaries of lost policies. Everyone who received the money the benefits last year did not realize they were a life insurance beneficiary. Not knowing that you are due life insurance benefits is quite common. This means that many people are due substantial sums of…

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Will California earthquake insurance sales rise after The Great Shake Out?

California Earthquake Insurance - Damaged Home from Earthquake

Californians recently took part in an annual statewide event to boost preparedness for a quake. State officials are hoping California earthquake insurance sales will increase following a recent annual event. The Great Shake Out reminds Californians of the risk of a quake and the importance of preparedness. Despite the risk to residents of the state, only a small percentage have coverage against this peril. The Great Shake Out encourages people to check their supplies and practice safety drills in case of a quake. It also urges people to go over…

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California insurance market third largest in the world

California insurance market - Flag of America and of California

The state’s insurers collect $332 billion in premiums every year, said the commissioner. The California insurance market now has an annual premium volume higher than ever before. The volume has now reached $332 billion, said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. This figure brings the state to the position of being the third largest market in the world. The California insurance market is the largest in the United States. That said, while that figure from the California Department of Insurance (CDI) does sound impressive, knowing what that represents on a global scale…

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State Farm homeowners insurance not required to cut rates, says judge

State Farm homeowners insurance - State Farm Office

The California Department of Insurance has been fighting a legal battle with the insurer over premiums. The California insurance commissioner was wrong in saying that State farm homeowners insurance rates had to lower. A judge ruled that the insurer was not required to charge its home and renter policyholders less. The decision stepped around a current unresolved question regarding Proposition 103 and its reach. Proposition 103’s author was among those who criticized the decision regarding State Farm homeowners insurance rates. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones accused State Farm of profiting…

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Wells Fargo insurance license may be suspended or revoked in California

Wells Fargo insurance scandal

The state Department of Insurance is seeking the action following alleged improper sales practices. The California Department of Insurance has revealed that it is planning to either suspend or revoke the Wells Fargo insurance license in the state. It is pursuing this intention as a result of the company’s online insurance referral program and its allegedly improper sales practices. The department conducted an investigation that revealed around 1,500 improper insurance sales. In those cases, the online Wells Fargo insurance company was allegedly found to have sold about 1,500 policies and…

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