Louisiana News

State Farm Raising Auto Insurance Rates in Louisiana

Auto insurance rates will increase by an average of 4.4 percent beginning Dec. 8 for Baton Rouge, La., customers of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. State Farm is Louisiana’s largest auto insurer, covering about one in three vehicles. The …

Louisiana Court Rulings in Disability Case Go from Bad to Worse for Insurer

We’ve all had a bad day at the office, but some days are worse than others. It doesn’t get much worse than having a court — two courts in fact — tell you that not only is your position wrong, …

Louisiana Workers’ Comp Medical Costs Stable but High in 2012

The cost of medical care to treat injured workers in Louisiana changed little in 2012. But, Louisiana workers’ compensation medical costs per claim remained higher than similar costs in many states, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research …

Louisiana Nonprofits: Health Insurance Misinformation a Problem

Nonprofit groups preparing to help people in Louisiana sign up for insurance under the federal health care law say they have had to battle misinformation and misconceptions about the program as they prepared for the Nov. 15 opening of the …

Under Pressure, Louisiana Lowers Health Insurance Costs for State Workers

Under pressure from lawmakers and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration announced it will lessen the impact of upcoming changes for the state worker health insurance program. Increases in out-of-pocket costs and deductibles that had been planned for retirees effective March …

U.S. Attorney: Hurricane Katrina Fraud Complaints Still Coming In

Hurricane Katrina generated more than 30,000 fraud complaints and agencies still receive complaint calls relating to the 2005 storm, according to Walter Green, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. Green, speaking at the 2014 Conference on Insurance Fraud …

AG Caldwell: No Texas Ebola Waste Disposal in Louisiana

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced an agreement has been reached with Texas incinerator Veolia Environmental Services and Louisiana hazardous waste landfill Chemical Waste Management to ensure that incinerator ash associated with the recent Dallas Ebola virus occurrence will not …

2 Small Players Settle in Louisiana ‘Big Oil’ Coastal Flooding Suit

Two of the smaller players in a New Orleans area flood board’s lawsuit against the oil industry over damage to the state’s coast have agreed to a settlement. An attorney for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East said the settlement …

Louisiana’s Direct Action Statute’s Effect on Claims-Made Policy Notice Provisions

Typical claims-made insurance policies require claims to be both made and reported within the applicable policy period. Under this type of policy, the risk of a claim incurred but not made, as well as a claim made but not reported, …

Corps Sued over Cost of Louisiana Wetland Restoration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should bear the full $2.9 billion cost of restoring wetland damage blamed on poor maintenance of the now-closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, Louisiana coastal restoration officials say in a federal lawsuit. The suit was …