Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Attracting, Developing Talent a Focus for Westfield Group

It’s anticipated that by 2020 there will be hundreds of thousands of unfilled positions in the insurance industry and that some 25 percent of those currently working in the sector will retire within the next three years. The looming talent …

Attracting, Developing Talent Has Long Been a Focus for Westfield Group

It’s anticipated that by 2020 there will be hundreds of thousands of unfilled positions in the insurance industry and that some 25 percent of those currently working in the sector will retire within the next three years. The looming talent …

Texas Supreme Court: Loss-of-Use Damages Allowed in Total Loss Cases

Are loss-of-use damages, such as lost profits, allowed in Texas when an insured has recovered fair market value on a commercial vehicle that is deemed a total loss after an accident? The Texas Supreme Court thinks so, despite an insurer’s …

Oklahoma Files Suit Against Directors, Officers of Failed Insurer, Red Rock

Oklahoma insurance regulators have filed suit against two New York financiers who took control of a failed Oklahoma insurance company, saying the pair and others infused it with allegedly worthless assets and used it as a vehicle in which to …

Ace Westchester’s Rubel: Future Trends and the Insurance Industry

What will the insurance industry be like in 15 years? The future will arrive whether the industry is ready or not. And while even so-called experts are no better than the average person in predicting it, what’s most important about …

Something to Consider: Future Trends and the Insurance Industry

What will the insurance industry be like in 15 years? The future will arrive whether the industry is ready or not. And while even so-called experts are no better than the average person in predicting it, what’s most important about …

Texas Stamping Fee Rises, the First Change Since 2007

The surplus lines stamping fee rate in Texas increased at the beginning of year to 0.15 percent of the gross premium amount of surplus lines insurance policies. It’s the first change in the stamping fee for many years, according to …

‘Couldn’t Stand the Weather’ Sums Up South Central News in 2015

If you scan the song/album list of the late, great Texas blues guitar powerhouse, Stevie Ray Vaughan, you’ll get an inkling of what the major stories from Insurance Journal’s South Central region in 2015 were about: the weather and its aftereffects. Titles from Stevie …

Indiana High Court Allows Negligence Claim Against Agent

Indiana’s high court has confirmed a lower court’s summary judgment favoring a property insurer that denied a homeowner’s claim after discovering that misleading information about the condition of the property had been submitted in the policy application. But in an …

Cyber Insurance: An Evolutionary Coverage

Cyber insurance may seem all the rage now but professionals with track records in the area say the product has been around since the late 1990s and has been evolving ever since. Now, it’s one of the few commercial property/casualty …