Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

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 …

Mentorship, Innovation Are Priorities for Global Insurance Accelerator

Just as Iowa, and Des Moines in particular, in the 1980s fostered a business climate that enabled insurance and financial institutions to prosper there, those same forces, intent on creating an environment that supports innovation and entrepreneurism, have again turned …

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 …

Federal Appeals Court Sides with Lexington Insurance in Deductible Dispute

A federal appeals court in Louisiana, in an opinion published March 22, upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of an insurance company in a breach of contract suit brought by a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. …

Ideas, Innovation and Mentorship Mix at Global Insurance Accelerator

Iowa, and Des Moines in particular, in the 1980s fostered a business climate that enabled insurance and financial institutions to prosper there. Today, the focus is on creating an environment that supports innovation and entrepreneurism in businesses that serve the insurance industry. “Des Moines …

Pop Warner Football Settles Wisconsin Head Injury Lawsuit

The national youth football organization, Pennsylvania-based Pop Warner, has settled a lawsuit filed in Wisconsin by the mother of a man who committed suicide, allegedly as a result of suffering numerous head injuries as child playing in a Pop Warner …

Oklahoma’s Workers’ Comp Opt-Out, 180-Day Cutoff Ruled Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission has determined that the opt-out portion of the state’s 2013 workers’ compensation statute is unconstitutional. Ruling on an appeal under the provisions of the Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act, or Opt-Out Act, the three-judge panel …

Oklahoma Court Says Workers’ Comp 180-Day Rule Is Unconstitutional

Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system took a hit on March 1, 2016, when the state’s Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the provision in the 2013 Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Act that prohibits workers’ comp claims from workers who have been employed less than …

Relationships Especially Important When Managing Remote Workers

The number of employees that regularly work away from traditional company offices is on the rise, and while the trend may offer conveniences for both employees and employers it also presents challenges. Among the non-self-employed worker population, telecommuting and teleworking …

Untested Cyber Coverage Remains ‘Volatile,’ Experts Say

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 work out underwriting requirements, and the market can be characterized as “volatile,” according to …