Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Despite Having License Revoked by 2 States, Northern Illinois Agency Continues to Operate

By taking advantage of legal appeals processes, an Illinois managing general agency has been able to continue operations for more than a year despite having its license revoked or non-renewed by two separate state insurance departments. Northern Illinois Insurance Agency, …

Growth Partners: Equity Firm Kohlberg Invests in Wholesaler U.S. Risk

Dallas-based international specialty lines underwriting manager and wholesale broker U.S. Risk Insurance Group Inc. has agreed to partner with the private equity firm, Kohlberg & Co. With capital and two board members from Kohlberg, U.S. Risk plans to expand by …

Information-Heavy Healthcare a Huge Target for Cyber Crime

Healthcare organizations contain a wealth of personal information, making them them the number one target for cyber breaches, according to a Houston-based attorney who specializes in healthcare privacy. Lynn Sessions, a partner in BakerHostetler’s Houston office, has been working with …

Oklahoma High Court Validates Workers’ Comp Icy Sidewalk ‘Slip and Fall’ Claim

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reversed the decision of an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission administrative law judge (ALJ) and ruled that a workers’ comp claim for a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk next to an employer’s parking lot is …

For Alper Services, Insurance Is Just the Beginning

Though insurance is a major component of what it does, Chicago-based Alper Services doesn’t have the word “insurance” in its name for a reason. That’s because from the very beginning the company has aimed to be more than simply an …

Chicagoland’s Alper Services: Doing Insurance Differently

Though insurance is a major component of what it does, Chicago-based Alper Services doesn’t have the word “insurance” in its name for a reason. That’s because from the very beginning the company has aimed to be more than simply an …

Brokers Dealing with Soft Market, ‘Market Fatigue’ in Medical Professional Liability

Are insurance brokers experiencing “market fatigue” in the medical professional liability line of insurance right now? Could be, according to Daniel Nash, senior vice president of Field Operations and Business Development for Ironshore. Even though pricing in the market is …

Have Injured Workers Benefited from Oklahoma’s Opt-Out Plans? It Depends, Study Says

A recent analysis of the workers’ compensation “opt-out” system in Oklahoma concludes that employer-run plans for injured workers may offer benefits that are equal to or better than those provided by traditional workers’ compensation as proponents suggest, but there are …

Texas Public Insurance Counsel: Deny Texas Homeowner Policy Arbitration Endorsement

A Texas insurance company has filed to offer an optional endorsement to its homeowners insurance policy that would require mandatory arbitration in claims disputes in exchange for a premium discount, and the head of the Office of the Texas Public …

Consumer Advocates Urge Denial of Texas Homeowner Policy Arbitration Endorsement

A Texas insurance company has filed to offer an optional endorsement to its homeowners insurance policy that would require mandatory arbitration in claims disputes in exchange for a premium discount, and the head of the Office of the Texas Public Insurance Counsel is …