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Texas State Senator Sues Cowboys Player over Allegedly Trashed House

Dez Bryant faces a lawsuit from his former landlord over allegations of more than $60,000 in damages to a house that the Dallas Cowboys receiver leased. The civil suit was filed last week by Texas state Sen. Royce West, an …

Settlement to Make Punitive Damages from 2010 Oil Spill Available to Claimants

Nearly $1.24 billion in punitive damages arising from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will become available to property owners and some fishermen affected by the spill under a pending settlement with two corporations that also had a role …

TWFG Honors Top Agents with Awards

The Woodlands, Texas-based The Woodlands Financial Group announced its annual agent awards at the group’s recent national convention. President and CEO Gordy Bunch inducted 20 new members into the Million Dollar Club and welcomed three new members into the TWFG President’s Club. …

Louisiana Bill Lowers Citizens Insurance Assessment Tax Break

Legislation awaiting the signature of Louisiana’s governor would significantly lower the amount of rebate property insurance policyholders would receive for assessments to cover the debts of the state’s property insurer of last resort. House Bill 25 was passed by Louisiana …

Arkansas Woman Charged with Filing Nearly $250K in False Insurance Claims

A Pulaski County, Ark., employee who processed insurance claims has been fired after being arrested and charged with filing false insurance claims for nearly $250,000. Authorities say 60-year-old Wanda Wyatt was a fleet records clerk who processed insurance claims for …

McGhee Elected President of Arkansas Independent Agents Insurance Group

 Bill McGhee, of McGhee Insurance Inc., in Little Rock, Ark., has been elected president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas. McGhee previously served on the IIAA executive committee and board of directors. Other elected officers include: President-Elect Mike Luttrell …

B&H Risk Services Adds Abbate in Houston

B&H Risk Services has hired Kate Abbate to focus on business development in Houston and San Antonio. Experienced in insurance underwriting and brokering, Abbate joined B&H Risk Services from Burns & Wilcox. Abbate is based in Houston. Source: B&H Risk Services

Trial Begins over 2012 Fire, Explosion that Killed 3 Off Louisiana Coast

Jury selection began on June 20 for what’s expected to be a lengthy and complex trial arising from lawsuits over an offshore oil platform explosion and fire that killed three workers off Louisiana’s coast in November 2012. The case combines nine …

Lawsuit Alleges Baylor Fostered ‘Hunting Ground’ for Sexual Assault

A federal lawsuit filed against Waco, Texas-based Baylor University accuses the nation’s largest Baptist school of creating a “hunting ground for sexual predators.” The lawsuit, brought by a former Baylor student, is the third in recent months to claim the …

Texas Insurers Hope Court Decisions Will Curtail Hail-Related Lawsuits

Following a severe hailstorm in south Texas in 2012, insurers were beset with homeowner property lawsuits — sometimes after claims were paid and repairs were completed — even though data from the Texas Department of Insurance show few complaints were …

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