Safeco Insurance Company Faces Class-Action Lawsuit over Automobile Insurance Rates During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jackson Sullivan On November 23, 2021, in Jimmy Monge v. Safeco Insurance Company of America et al., Case No. 2:21-cv-09175-MWF-AFM (C.D. Cal.)., plaintiffs filed a class action complaint in the Central District of California on behalf of the putative Continue reading

California to Hold February 2022 Bar Examination In-Person

By James Lanham On February 22–23, 2022, applicants for the California State Bar will take the California Bar Examination in person. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Bar began administering exams remotely on October 5-6, 2020. [see 26:1 CRLR 123] Continue reading

Department of Managed Healthcare Issues an All Plan Letter Reminding Health Plans of Their Obligation to Cover Influenza Vaccines and Prepare to Provide COVID Vaccines for Children Aged 5–11

By Yusra Serhan On November 1, 2021, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) issued an All Plan Letter to all full-service health care service plans regarding health care coverage of the influenza vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines for children aged Continue reading

Ninth Circuit Holds that Even Comprehensive Commercial Property Insurance Policies Do Not Cover Business Income Losses from the Pandemic

By Jackson Sullivan On October 1, 2021, the Ninth Circuit decided Mudpie, Inc. v. Travelers Casualty Insurance Company of America, Case No. 20-16858 (9th Cir.).  The opinion affirmed the district court’s order dismissing Petitioner Mudpie, Inc.’s claims against its insurer, Continue reading

Auto Insurers Ordered to “Close the Gap” on Refunds Owed to California Drivers for Excess Premiums Charged during COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jackson Sullivan In an October 6, 2021 press release, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced that the Department of Insurance (DOI) had ordered three auto insurance companies, covering approximately 20% of California drivers, to reimburse excess premiums charged during the Continue reading

California’s Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate Further Impacts Nursing Shortage

By Hamdy M. Masri On August 5, 2021, Tomás J. Aragón, the State Public Health Officer & Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), issued an order requiring that all healthcare workers in California be vaccinated against COVID-19. Continue reading

California Board of Accountancy to Accept Remote-Proctored CPA Examination Scores

By Connor Greth At its January 14, 2021 meeting (Agenda Items II. A and B (recording)), the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) heard an update from representatives of the National Association of State Boards of Accounting (NASBA) and the American Continue reading

California Department of Insurance Leaving Virus Exclusion Questions up to the Courts

By: Jennifer Wilczynski At the start of 2021, there were over 1,500 property insurance claims across the country due to COVID-19 business interruptions. These cases largely address interruptions caused by local and state ordinances, which forced the closure of many Continue reading

Office of Administrative Law Approves Department of Managed Healthcare’s Proposed Emergency Regulation Regarding Transfer of Enrollees Pursuant to a Public Health Order

By Alex Ruf On January 12, 2021, the Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) published a notice of emergency rulemaking action with respect to its intent to adopt section 1300.67.02, Title 28 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), pertaining to Continue reading