Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Hail Claim Litigation Bill Dies in Texas House

With the legislative session winding down in Texas, a measure sought by the insurance industry that its proponents say would help rein in litigation related to property insurance claims has died in the House of Representatives. Passed by the Senate on …

Ohio Lt. Gov./Insurance Director Taylor Tackles Multiple Roles

As Ohio’s lieutenant governor, top insurance regulator and leader of a statewide regulatory reform initiative, it might seem that Mary Taylor’s public responsibilities would often pull in her in conflicting directions. That would not be the case. Taylor’s two primary …

Texas Senate Passes Property Claim Litigation Bill

The Texas Senate on April 30 passed a bill aimed at stemming the onslaught of property claim litigation that has been occurring with increasing frequency in the state following natural catastrophes. Advocates of Senate Bill 1628 say it will help keep down …

Ohio’s Lt. Governor/Insurance Director Focused on Streamlining Regulation

As Ohio’s lieutenant governor, top insurance regulator and leader of a statewide regulatory reform initiative, it might seem that Mary Taylor’s public responsibilities would often pull in her in conflicting directions. That would not be the case. Taylor’s two primary …

Louisiana’s Eagan Insurance: Carrying on a Family Tradition

Marc Eagan says he’s fortunate that his four children grew up in and around the insurance business. For Eagan, president of Eagan Insurance Agency located in the New Orleans-area, it means his firm is well-situated to carry on the family …

State Regulation Worked in Red Rock/Foster Jennings Case: Oklahoma Commissioner

The circumstances surrounding the liquidation of a small Oklahoma insurer highlight the concern over how effectively state insurance regulators are able assess potential buyers of insurance companies, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. But Oklahoma’s insurance …

Doak Disputes WSJ Report; Says State Regulation Effective in Red Rock Case

The circumstances surrounding the liquidation of a small Oklahoma insurer highlight the concern over how effectively state insurance regulators are able assess potential buyers of insurance companies, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. But Oklahoma’s insurance …

Michigan Workers’ Comp Costs Drop, Employment Rises

Michigan has had some positive developments on the employment and workers’ compensation fronts lately and state officials have been eager to share the news. Workers’ comp costs for employers in Michigan have dropped by nearly 28 percent since 2011 and …

Chicago Agent Glad She Made the Captive-to-Independent Leap

Making the jump from a being a captive agent to an independent one is not for the faint of heart, says one veteran Chicago-based agent. But Sharon Robles has no regrets, none at all. Robles was a successful captive agent for …

Property Claim Litigation Bill Passed by the Texas Senate

The Texas Senate on April 30 passed a bill aimed at stemming the onslaught of property claim litigation that has been occurring with increasing frequency in the state following natural catastrophes. Advocates of Senate Bill 1628 say it will help …