Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Business-Backed Group Pushes for Workers’ Comp Opt-Out in Illinois

An Illinois think tank has issued a report expressing support for a workers’ compensation opt-out system, stating that it would give employers the ability to lower costs and allow for a more flexible workforce. In its report, “Fixing Illinois’ Outdated …

Professional Liability ‘Business Enterprise Exclusion’ Upheld in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has put to a rest a case in which an insured alleged breach of faith when the insurance company that wrote his professional liability errors and omissions insurance policy denied coverage due to a policy exclusion. Siding …

License Revoked by 2 States but Northern Illinois Agency Stays Open

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, …

SLSOT Using Data to Better Communicate with Surplus Line Market Stakeholders

Surplus lines may not be the most widely understood segment of the property/casualty insurance industry but for risk managers of large organizations it’s often the go-to market for complicated risks for which standard insurance markets have little appetite. That was …

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Professional Liability ‘Business Enterprise Exclusion’

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has put to a rest a case in which an insured alleged breach of faith when the insurance company that wrote his professional liability errors and omissions insurance policy denied coverage due to a policy exclusion. Siding …

Texas Attorney: 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 …

SLSOT’s Essary Intent on Using Data to Better Communicate with Stakeholders

Surplus lines may not be the most widely understood segment of the property/casualty insurance industry but for risk managers of large organizations it’s often the go-to market for complicated risks for which standard insurance markets have little appetite. That was …

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 …

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

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

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, …