Louisiana News

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Louisiana-Based AMERISAFE, Subsidiaries

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” of DeRidder, La.-based AMERISAFE Inc. and its property/casualty subsidiaries: American Interstate Insurance Co.; Silver Oak Casualty Inc.; and American Interstate Insurance Co. in Austin, Texas. Concurrently, …

Family Sues Tangipahoa Parish Jail over Inmate’s Death

The parents of a Louisiana prisoner who died in custody at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail last year has filed a wrongful death suit. The Advocate reports the lawsuit alleges the jail staff failed to monitor the health of Keith Joseph …

Eagan Insurance Agency President Named a ‘Driving Force’ in New Orleans Area

Marc F. Eagan, president of Louisiana-based Eagan Insurance Agency, has been named a “Driving Force,” a special honor given to community leaders who have made significant contributions to the New Orleans area, in particular during the 10 years following Hurricane …

Feds to Study Cracks in Monroe, Louisiana Floodwall

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will study the 81-year-old floodwall that protects Monroe from the Ouachita River, to try to determine why the structure is cracking. Tensas Basin Levee District personnel first discovered the cracks in 2012. …

Louisiana’s LCTA Workers’ Comp Adds D’Angelo to Board

Louisiana-based workers’ compensation insurer, LCTA Workers’ Comp (LCTA), has added John D’Angelo to its board of trustees. D’Angelo founded Investar Bank in Baton Rouge, La., in 2005, and grew the full-service community bank to eleven locations and $800 million in …

Anthem Breach Hits Louisiana’s Office of Group Benefits

A state office that provides insurance plans for Louisiana’s state employees says personal information of some of its members was obtained by hackers who breached the online security of Anthem Inc. The Office of Group Benefits said about 2,700 of …

Lake Charles, Louisiana to Keep Class 2 Fire Protection Rating

The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana says Lake Charles will maintain its Class 2 fire protection rating for the next few years. By keeping the Class 2 rating, which the city has maintained since the 1980s, residents won’t see a …

Exxon Hit with Lawsuit in Louisiana over Denied Tainted Fuel Claims

ExxonMobil has paid more than $4.6 million to nearly 2,900 motorists impacted by the company’s production of more than 5 million gallons of tainted fuel distributed in the Baton Rouge area in March 2014. “ExxonMobil proactively honored all valid claims …

Red-Light Camera Lawsuits Reinstated in Louisiana Parish

The battle over Jefferson Parish’s defunct red-light camera program is headed back to district court, after appellate judges reversed decisions throwing out ticketed drivers’ lawsuits against the parish and Redflex Traffic Systems. A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel raised …

Hope for Avoiding ‘Flood Insurance Nightmare’ Lies in Red River Levee Work

The threat of a flood insurance nightmare in Louisiana’s Rapides Parish and elsewhere was delayed, but not eliminated, by Congress last year. But the threat is slowly diminishing as work proceeds to fix deficiencies in the Red River levees to …