Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Academy of Insurance Director Surveys State of Learning

Patrick Wraight knew when he took over as director of Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance earlier this year that he would be making some changes but first he wanted to find out who is taking the Academy classes and why. …

Northern Illinois Insurance Agency Owner Indicted, Charged with Defrauding Clients

The owner of a Rockford, Illinois-based managing general agency that last year had its license revoked or non-renewed by at least three separate state insurance departments has been indicted by a federal grand jury for mail and insurance fraud. The U.S. …

Texas Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Tweaked ‘Hail Litigation’ Bill

The Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee on March 9 heard testimony on a revised bill that aims to limit the number of policyholder lawsuits filed against property insurance companies following severe weather events. At the hearing, Senate Business and …

Author of Texas ‘Hailstorm’ Bill Says ‘Significant Changes’ Made

The Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee on March 9 heard testimony on a revised bill that aims to limit the number of policyholder lawsuits filed against property insurance companies following severe weather events. At the hearing, Senate Business and …

Mentor-Driven Global Insurance Accelerator Is Enjoying its Own Growth-Spurt

A three-year-old Des Moines, Iowa-based business startup accelerator focused solely on the global insurance industry has developed into a streamlined organization with more applicants, more investors and more mentors than in past years, its managing director says. “We’ve matured as …

Mentor-Driven Global Insurance Accelerator Is Enjoying its Own Growth-Spurt

A three-year-old Des Moines, Iowa-based business startup accelerator focused solely on the global insurance industry has developed into a streamlined organization with more applicants, more investors and more mentors than in past years, its managing director says. “We’ve matured as …

Owner of Northern Illinois Insurance Agency Charged with Defrauding Clients

The owner of a Rockford, Illinois-based managing general agency that last year had its license revoked or non-renewed by two separate state insurance departments has been indicted by a federal grand jury for mail and insurance fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s …

Texas High Court Finds for Insurer in D&O Coverage Dispute

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of an insurer in a case that hinged on the applicability of an insured-v.-insured exclusion in the carrier’s directors and officers (D&O) liability policy. The Court’s action reversed the ruling in Great …

Grinnell Mutual Grows from Complacent to Dynamic

A mutual insurer created more than 100 years ago to reinsure farm mutual insurance companies in Iowa has grown faster in the past five years than it did during the previous 10 decades, its president and CEO says. Organized in …

Texas Governor Deems Hailstorm Litigation ‘Lawsuit Abuse’

In his state of the state address, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave a boost to the insurance industry’s effort to get legislation passed that would place limits on post-hailstorm litigation. Calling lawsuits against insurers following hailstorms “the newest form of …