Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

10 Things to Know About Public Entities

There are 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. (USGS CoreFacts, U.S. Geological Survey) Counties build and maintain 45 percent of the public roads and 230,690 of the nation’s bridges, and are …

Nebraska Court: Agent Breached Contract but Client List Not a Trade Secret

The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the finding of a lower court that a crop insurance agent breached the terms of her contract with a former employer when she went to work for another agency. However, in First Express Services Group Inc. …

Gerhart: U.S. Has a Good Story to Tell at the Global Insurance Symposium

The state of Iowa on May 20-22, 2014, will host its first ever Global Insurance Symposium, a privately funded event that aims to bring insurance professionals and regulators from around the world together to discuss the challenges facing the global …

Oklahoma’s Workers’ Comp Administrative Redesign Takes Effect

The transition of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system from a court-based system to an administrative one became effective Feb. 1, 2014, a change that proponents believe will lower costs and help make the state more competitive in attracting businesses. In May …

Nebraska Court: Agent Breached Contract but Client List Not a Trade Secret

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently upheld the finding of a lower court that a crop insurance agent breached the terms of her contract with a former employer when she went to work for another agency. However, in First Express Services …

Workers’ Compensation Fraud and the Insurance Producer

There are essentially two types of workers’ compensation fraud — premium fraud and claimant fraud — and insurance producers can play a role in the discovery and resolution of both, according to one investigator who has brought some 800 cases of workers’ comp fraud …

Michigan Congresswoman Miller: Flood Insurance Bill Bad for State

A U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan wants her state to opt out of the National Flood Insurance Program, saying it’s not good for Michigan homeowners. U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) voted against H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which passed …

A Buyer’s Market for Reinsurance

For insurance companies, now is a good time to buy reinsurance. Prices are down and terms and conditions are favorable, according to Mathew Wulf, vice president, state relations and assistant general counsel, for the Reinsurance Association of America. All in …

Effort to Put House in Order Paying Off: Meadowbrook Insurance CEO

Meadowbrook Insurance Group, based in Southfield, Mich., has struggled with many challenges during the past couple of years but the “strong remedial measures” implemented to correct unacceptable results are working, its chief executive said. In a Feb. 19 conference call …

U.S. Congresswoman: Flood Insurance Bill Bad for Michigan

A U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan wants her state to opt out of the National Flood Insurance Program, saying it’s not good for Michigan homeowners. U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) voted against H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which …