Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

3 Years Later, West Fertilizer Plant Blast Ruled Intentional

The Houston Field Division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says the fire that caused an explosion that killed 15 people at the West Fertilizer Co. facility in West, Texas, three years ago was intentionally set. On May …

GuideOne CIO: Commitment to Employee Engagement Platform Paying Off

As the new chief information officer and senior vice president in charge of business transformation at Des Moines, Iowa-based property/casualty carrier GuideOne Insurance, Doug Cretsinger faced some big challenges. He managed a staff of around 100 team members plus another …

Minnesota Workers’ Compensation: A No-Fault System

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system in Minnesota: the employee does not need to prove negligence on the part of the employer to establish liability and the employer cannot use negligence on the part of the employee as a defense …

Workers’ Compensation in Missouri: In the Middle of the Rate Pack

Missouri comes in at 21 for the highest workers’ compensation premium rates of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, just under Minnesota, according to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation. In …

ATF: 2013 Fire at Texas Fertilizer Plant Intentionally Set

The Houston Field Division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says the fire that caused an explosion that took the lives of 15 people at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas, three years ago was intentionally set. …

Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Overhaul Takes Another Hit

The Oklahoma Supreme Court dealt another blow to the state’s 2013 workers’ comp overhaul by finding unconstitutional a provision of the Oklahoma Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act pertaining to the deferral of permanent partial disability benefits. Several recent rulings have represented …

Court: Tribune Shareholder Suit Against Chicago Insurance Broker May Proceed

Finding an exclusion in a directors and officers (D&O) policy to be “ambiguous,” an Illinois appeals court has allowed to proceed a lawsuit filed against a large Chicago insurance brokerage by two former Tribune Co. shareholders. The case stems from …

Tribune Shareholder Suit Against Chicago Insurance Broker OK’d to Proceed

Finding an exclusion in a directors and officers (D&O) policy to be “ambiguous,” an Illinois appeals court has allowed to go forward a lawsuit filed against a large Chicago insurance brokerage by two former Tribune Co. shareholders. The case stems from the …

Growth in Cyber Coverage Expected as Underwriting Evolves

With cyber insurance premiums expected to grow from around $2 billion in 2015 to an estimated $20 billion or more by 2025, insurers and reinsurers are continuing to refine underwriting requirements, according to industry observers with expertise in the area. …

Affirmative Insurance Ordered into Liquidation

Affirmative Insurance Company (Affirmative or AIC) was ordered into liquidation in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, on March 24. Acting Illinois Insurance Director Anne Melissa Dowling filed a Complaint for Liquidation with a Finding of Insolvency against the …