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Ebola Monitoring in Texas Expires for Some

About 120 people are now being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people in Dallas who had the disease, Texas health officials said. Officials said 43 of 48 people …

Court: U. of Louisiana System Did not Breach Contract in Firing Coach

The state’s high court has ruled that the University of Louisiana System and its Lafayette campus did not breach a former head football coach’s contract when he was fired. The state Supreme Court ruling reverses the 1st Circuit Court of …

Jury Finds Texas Windstorm Insurer Adequately Paid City for Ike Claims

Texas’ wind and hail insurer of last resort in coastal areas announced that a judgment has been entered in its favor in a lawsuit brought by League City in Southeast Texas. The judgment signed on Oct. 16, 2014, by Presiding …

Officials: Caddo Lake Not Threatened by Louisiana Oil Spill

Cleanup crews continue to mop up a 4,000-barrell oil spill into a four-mile stretch of Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport, La. Officials said that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line and …

McCunniff Joins Texas-Based Bailey Insurance & Risk Management

Mark McCunniff has joined Bailey Insurance & Risk Management in Waco, Texas, as a commercial lines producer. McCunniff received his Risk Management & Insurance degree from Baylor University and spent three years as a middle market underwriter with The Hartford …

Dallas Cowboys, Jones Settle Sexual-Assault Claim

The Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones settled a sexual-assault claim by an Oklahoma woman who sued in September. An agreed judgment signed by state District Judge Dale Tillery was entered in a Dallas court granting Jones’s and the Dallas …

LSU Flagship Campus Authorized to Buy Its Own Insurance

Lawmakers have given Louisiana State University (LSU) the authority to leave the state-run insurance program and buy its own coverage in a first-of-its-kind arrangement for a Louisiana public college. University System President F. King Alexander said the move could save …

Feds Want Louisiana Road Home Money Back

New Orleans must return hundreds of millions of dollars paid in home elevation grants after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says. The department wants names of nearly 18,000 homeowners who never raised their homes after …

A Few Thoughts for Insurance Entrepreneurs

Managerial flexiblity, effective communication, selecting and placing employees wisely, customer care and reputational risk are some of the factors would-be entrepreneurs need to consider when contemplating running their own businesses, according to one insurance executive with the work history to support his …

The Pitfalls of Rejecting a Defense Under Texas ‘Same Facts’ Test

Texas law recognizes that an insurer’s reservation of rights can create a potential conflict of interest. Northern County Mut. Ins. Co. v. Davalos, 140 S.W.3d 685 (Tex. 2004). Although there is a potential for conflict in this situation, the assertion of …

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