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Oklahoma Judge Throws Out Lawsuit over Earthquake, Disposal Wells

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit over an earthquake that injured a woman, finding that the case should instead be heard by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. In August, Prague resident Sandra Ladra filed a lawsuit against the operators of …

Dollar Tree Stores Recently Fined $262K for Safety Hazards in Texas

National discount chain Dollar Tree Stores Inc., based in Texas, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to serious hazards at its store in Watauga, Texas. Proposed penalties total $262,500. …

Texas Workers’ Comp Division Seeks Presenters for Safety Summit

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is seeking presenters for its 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit, which will be held in Austin on May 19-21, 2015. The statewide conference is open to all segments …

Texas to Hold Hearing on Windstorm Association Maximum Limits

The Texas Department of Insurance has scheduled a public hearing to consider the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s (TWIA) petition related to the maximum limits of liability for windstorm and hail insurance policies covering the following: residential dwellings and individually owned …

Louisiana Parish Still Working on Tornado Damage Estimate

The tornadoes that hit Louisiana’s Ouachita Parish on Oct. 13 did millions of dollars in damage, but officials don’t know whether it will be enough to qualify the parish for help from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Total damages are …

Allen Named Insurance Fraud Prosecutor for Dallas County

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) announced Amy Allen as a fraud prosecutor who will work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to combat insurance fraud. Allen worked previously as an assistant city attorney and …

Scholarships Awarded to Texas Women in Insurance Group Members

The National Alliance presented five scholarships to Federation of Insurance Women of Texas Incorporated (FIWT) members at the organization’s 70th Annual Convention, held in Waco, Texas. The CIC and CISR scholarships were awarded at a special recognition ceremony at the …

Road Damage from Oil Field Trucks Concerns Louisiana Parish

Complaints about trucks tearing up parish roads have prompted the St. Landry Parish Council in Louisiana to re-examine how road-use permits are issued and how the parish can force those causing the damage to pay for repairs. Council member Pam …

All Risks Ltd. Adds Martino, Flake in Texas

Frank Martino and Rhonda Flake have joined based in Hunt Valley, Md.-based insurance wholesaler All Risks Ltd. in the firm’s South Central operations. Martino is a broker in Austin, Texas. He specializes in oil and gas as well as other …

Capstone Underwriters’ Bellet Honored by French Government

Alain A. Bellet, owner and president of Capstone Underwriters LLC, in Dallas, Texas, has been awarded the Medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration given by the government of France. The order of the Legion of …

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